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.


September 2020 marks 40 years since Desperate Men emerged roaring and blinking into the world at Berlin’s Tanzfabrik studio. We’re celebrating our anniversary with a year of provocation, reflection and creativity – more details to follow here.

Wye Valley River Festival 2020

We’re delighted that the Wye Valley River Festival is going ahead from September 21st – 28th, with a series of brilliant events including our new outdoor show Cuckoo Time, with episodes streamed online daily.

Click here for more details.

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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