In the year Desperate Men turn 35 we are working with themes of tides, rivers, war and Dada, taking off our trousers, hanging out with Stephen Fry and trying to bring the arts to people who can't usually access them. Business as usual! Happy birthday us.
Thirty-five years ago, Desperate Men was born. What does 2015 hold as we approach middle age? (Picture shows The Nativity Cycle. Picture credit: Layton Thompson)
SLAPSTICK AND STEPHEN FRY We will be sharing the stage with the inimitable Stephen Fry on January 25th during the Bristol Slapstick Festival as we pay tribute to the one and only 'Ginger Geezer' Viv Stanshall. Mr Fry's participation shows how widely loved & respected this comic genius was and is. Hope we can do him justice.
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Our DADA-inspired WW1 show has been knocking 'em dead wherever it plays; some say it's the best thing we've ever done. It's designed to work indoors and outdoors so take a look at the video for an idea of its anarchic, trouser-wrenching wonderfulness, get in touch now to find out more or go to the website for more information.
WYE VALLEY RIVER FESTIVAL The evaluation report for the first Wye Valley RIver Festival concluded that 'The arts have been spectacularly effective in communicating the key messages of the AONB'. Giving a boost of at least £400,000 to the local economy and attracting an audience of 18,500, we hope to build on the success of 2014 with further shenanigans on the Wye in 2016, this time with a global theme. Our starting point is a bottle of water collected from the source of the Ganges...
BRISTOL LOVES TIDES Water runs under, over and around Bristol, but how many people understand how and when it ebbs, flows, floods and falls? Bristol Loves Tides will take audiences deep into the rhythm of our city's water with an education programme using performance and film to explore water flows, tides and systems. We're collaborating with a group of 16-25 year olds, Rough Glory Films and partners including NOVA, Hydrocitizenship, Underfall Yard and Bristol Festival of Ideas to create a touring performance for school communities plus film screenings and site specific performances for the wider public.
DNA This new project has been commissioned by Bath and North East Somerset Council to create new ways for communities, and particularly families who rarely come into contact with exciting and stimulating art to engage with high quality art in all forms. DNA is a consortium of The Desperate Men and The Natural Theatre Company, arts leaders Phillippa Haynes and Mijanou Blech and is led by the arts education company bcreative. Watch this space for news on three community arts events happening this spring in Snow Hill/London Road, Foxhill/Twerton and Radstock. including creating recipe family trees and a Valentines day baking event.
NATIVITY CYCLE The world's first Nativity Cycle rolled into Bristol on Monday, December 22, with Mary, Joseph and the whole crew taking to bicycles to tell the story of Christmas as never before, ending with an escape to Egypt by racing gig from the Creative Commons. The show, produced for Bible Society, gave food for thought to people of all faiths and none. You can watch the video here.
ABOUT DESPERATE MEN One of the UK’s most versatile and inventive outdoor arts companies, Desperate Men’s mischievous, warmhearted work invites audiences to ask serious questions about the world. Desperate Men have been creating, performing and producing ground-breaking outdoor theatre in the UK and internationally for over 30 years. As creative producers, we work on large-scale outdoor art projects and collaborate with other partners and arts organisations. We also create bespoke performances, street animations and education projects on commission and still find time for our own creative work. Collaboration is at the heart of what we do, from working with local authorities to engage communities to setting up partnerships with other artists.