Wye Valley River Festival

In May 2014 the Wye Valley in Wales will come alive with a series of amazing riverside events. We are artistic directors for the inaugural Wye Valley River Festival, a new initiative by the Wye Valley AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) that will celebrate the area’s history & heritage while stimulating serious debate about topical issues affecting the river landscape. Find out more here.

Slapstick & Slaughter

We have gained Arts Council funding for our new small-scale show Slapstick & Slaughter, which will explore the impact of World War One on culture and the arts. The show is now in development and can be booked from April 2014 onwards – more details here.

Saturday night audience - Battle for the Winds - credit Maisie Hill

Outside Online Report

Read the report from Outside Online 2014, our second live online forum for outdoor artists! The discussions ranged from debates about the future to how outdoor artists and indoor venues can work together. You can see the summary here.

Battle for the Winds

“An unbelievable scene. So beautiful – what an ending to a great show”Nigel Hinds, London 2012 Festival

Featuring 5000 artists, 2012 torchbearers and a total audience of 500,000, Battle for the Winds was a unique theatrical event from July 26-28, marking the opening of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing event. Read more here!

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!

Spring 2014 News

2014 kicks off with funding success for Slapstick & Slaughter and an Articulture commission opportunity for the Wye Valley River…

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Work With Us

We’re available to take on projects in 2013 and beyond. Read about what we do here and get in touch!…

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Studio for Hire

Our light and airy rehearsal space is available for hire. It’s a fantastic, low-cost venue for theatre company rehearsals, measuring…

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