Coming to a cinema near you

Washed Up, an award-winning, tender, witty documentary showing a creative relationship in crisis. What drives two veterans of outdoor arts to keep making vital street theatre when some days they are barely on speaking terms? The creative mechanics of Desperate Men’s fractious but fruitful partnership are laid bare in this short film by Rough Glory films.

Click here to book a screening.

Wye Valley River Festival 2018

The third Wye Valley River Festival (WVRF) ended on May 20th 2018 after two weeks of fire, song, walking trees and the unforgettable sight of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon shining within the walls of Tintern Abbey. Now the moon has set and the trees have returned to the woods. Click here to see festival images and learn 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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