SOuvenir Walk

Our guided SOuvenir Walk  at SO Festival this year took participants on a creative ramble through the streets of Skegness, revealing a new side to the town and festival – from a man with two helicopters in his front garden to an attempt to build the world’s biggest insect hotel.

Find out more here.

Coming to a cinema near you

Washed Up is an award-winning, bleakly comic study of a personal and professional relationship in crisis. An unflinching look at the combustible tension that drives Desperate Men to keep making vital street theatre when some days they are barely on speaking terms. The creative and emotional mechanics of their fractious yet fruitful partnership are laid bare in this short film by Rough Glory Films.

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Wye Valley River Festival 2018

The wonderful Wye Valley River Festival has been recognised with a prestigious Alfred Bowland Award. This annual prize recognises the best project, best practice or outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We’re very proud to have been Artistic Directors for the festival in 2014, 2016 and 2018 and we’re now fundraising for 2020! Click here to read more.

Richard Headon and Jon Beedell

Slapstick & Slaughter

“Anarchic but consummately crafted sketches”The Stage

“A perfectly formed and darkly comic epic”Bristol 24/7

We’ve had a fantastic response to our WW1-inspired show Slapstick & Slaughter!

Find out more here and view our promo video.

Studio for hire

Our light and airy rehearsal space has been redecorated and updated thanks to an Arts Council grant, and is available for hire.

New features include insulated floor, double glazing and a new kitchen.

Click here for details and rates.

Creative Production

About Us

Would you like to test the limits of our imagination?

We’re pretty sure it’s limitless, so get in touch if you have an idea that would benefit from a Desperate point of view – we’re always looking for new partners and projects.


Desperate Dictionary

The Desperate Dictionary is now live! Our video archive spans over 30 years and ranges from early, experimental shows to coverage of our latest productions. We’ve taken clips from a variety of silly, beautiful, musical, anarchic, serious and hilarious videos that demonstrate different aspects of our work and collected them into a dictionary of Desperation.

Have a look!

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