Washed Up – FREE to view

Washed Up, Rough Glory Films’ award winning short film about Desperate Men is FREE to watch during the coronavirus crisis! This bleakly comic study takes 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. Seeing how we have lasted 25 years without killing one another may inspire people to keep going through quarantine. Click here to watch for free.


We’re delighted to announce that the research and development for our new show Departure will be supported by Blueprint: Without Walls R&D investment fund. You can read more about Departure and the Blueprint fund here.

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.

Wye Valley River Festival 2020

Wye Valley River Festival 2020

We’re celebrating the news that Arts Council England will fund the research and development for the Wye Valley River Festival 2020! We’re proud to be Artistic Directors for this ambitious, biennial festival, which won the prestigious Alfred Bowland Award in 2018, and we’re looking forward to creating the 2020 festival around the theme of Time. 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

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