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August Newsletter

Planning is bringing the future into the present
so that you can do something about it now.

Alan Lakein

As Summer's slow-paced rhythm allows us to take a breather after a particularly busy and creative 2016 so far, we are preparing the ground for our next season and for exciting developments in the future.

First of all, we are proud and thrilled to officially announce that the 12th edition of our annual Devoted & Disgruntled two and a half day event will take place in Bristol. This is the second consecutive year that we take our big D&D out of London, and we are very happy to host it in such a beautiful and culturally exciting city. Read below for more.

Since the outcome of the referendum in June, we've had a series of D&D events on creating a Europen Union of Artists; the next one will be in Brighton on 1 October: you can read the invitation below. We are also planning one in Dartington: stay tuned! All reports from our past events are available to read and comment for free here.

In October, Phelim will pack his bags and fly to LA, where he will revive
Akhnaten for LA Opera: if you are on that side of the planet you shouldn't miss it, as it was sold out during its run at ENO earlier this year.

Of course there's much more going on below the surface here at Improbable: stay tuned as we will be sharing more shows and creative initiatives in the following months.


It might be only August, but we’re really excited to announce the date and venue for our annual January gathering of all those Devoted to the arts and/or Disgruntled by it, so we just couldn’t wait to tell you all. Following our wonderful weekend in Birmingham early this year, we got a clear message that taking our big D&D event out of London for a little while was what the D&D community wanted and what the event needed, so we’re continuing our stately procession across the UK by holding Devoted & Disgruntled 12 in Bristol on January 14-16 2017.

We will be at the Passenger Shed at Brunel’s Old Station right next to Bristol Temple Meads, for our biggest ever D&D event. It’ll be Accessible, gigantic, awesome and beautiful. In our post-referendum nation, it feels more important than ever to get together and sort things out. The full invitation along with all details and ticket sales will be live in a couple of months, so for now just go write those dates in permanent ink in your diaries, and tell all your friends to do the same.

Priority booking will be going out to members of the Improbable friends scheme, so become a supporter now to make sure you’re first in line for this urgent and exciting instalment of Devoted & Disgruntled:What are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts?

See you there!

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From our Friends...


5-27 November
LA Opera, USA

We're very excited to be part of LA Opera's programme: after a successful sold-out run at ENO in London, Phelim McDermott will revive Philip Glass's Akhnaten in November in Los Angeles. 

This hypnotically mesmerising work explores the life and religious convictions of the Egyptian pharaoh, and uses texts drawn from ancient hymns, prayers, letters and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian.

Book tickets and read more here.


D&D South-East: Shall We Create A European Union Of Artists?

1 October
Corn Exchange, Brighton

Invitation from Tanya Peters, Director of Artistic Planning, Brighton Dome & Festival:

'[...] Trying to gain understanding through exploring different perspectives is a big part of what we set out to do in the arts, yet I find myself worried that we’re working in an echo-chamber. It’s said that as many as 96% of people involved in the arts voted to remain in the UK. That’s a lot of people with the same opinion.

Do we shy away from talking to people whose opinions make us uncomfortable? It seems greater understanding through talking and listening is needed – but how, and where do we start?'

Read the full invitation here.

Take On Me

Dante or Die
17 Sep - 29 Oct, UK tour

A brand new offbeat comedy: exploring body image and self-confidence via legwarmers, sweatbands and 80’s power pop the production leads you into the changing rooms, aerobics studios and pools of leisure centres around Surrey this Autumn. For more information and to book tickets have a look at Dante or Die’s.

Meet Fred

5 - 25 Aug, Edinburgh

A cloth puppet fights prejudice every day.

Fred just wants to be part of the real world, get a job and meet a girl, but when threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred’s life begins to spiral out of his control. Contains strong language and puppet nudity.

Home Is Where...

Amy Clare Tasker Performance Lab
2 Sep, Richmix

A dystopian future. Everyone Not-From-Here has been Sent Back. The Resistance struggles against The Establishment for their right to stay in The City. Who can you trust when you don’t know where you belong?

Treading the line between truth and imagination, between the personal and the political, HOME IS WHERE… aims to change the way we think about globalisation, belonging, and what it means to call a country home.
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