As the culmination of Andrew Miller’s year-long Changemaker placement, we are proud to be supporting Devoted & Disgruntled, Improbable’s 13th annual convention for arts people, taking place at the New Diorama Theatre in London from 20 to 22 January.
D&D is an opportunity for arts people at every point in their careers, from audiences to artists, CEOs to FOH staff, grassroots groups to seasoned professionals, to come together and focus on the question “What are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts?”
With significant funding via our Arts Council supported Changemaker programme and additional support from New Diorama Theatre, D&D 13 has been able to offer Access support in a wide variety of ways to D/deaf, disabled, BAME and Learning Disabled participants, bringing more marginalised issues into the mainstream conversation than ever before.
D&D uses Open Space, which means everyone attending sets the agenda and can bring the issues and topics they want to discuss to the floor. This year’s event is presented in association with us and The Core at Corby Cube. The additional funding means Improbable will be working with a dedicated Access consultant to bring in more support staff than ever before to provide BSL interpretation and lip-speakers, to supply state-of-the-art Access technology and to really make this an event for everyone. Additional bursaries and support have been made available for participants with Access needs from across the UK.
”Having participated in Devoted & Disgruntled a number of times before, we are delighted to be able to make this vital event even more accessible for all of our colleagues this year. We constantly seek opportunities to ensure that the arts are for, by and with all and very much look forward to another weekend of fun, lively, provocative and reflective debate and discussion.” Martin Sutherland Chief Executive, Royal & Derngate
After a fruitful year as Executive Associate at Royal & Derngate and The Core, as part of Arts Council England’s (ACE) Changemaker programme, Andrew Milller has recently been appointed to sit on the National Council of ACE. Andrew commented: “I feel privileged to be have been invited by Sir Nicholas Serota to join the National Council of Arts Council England. This is a critical time to be joining Council and I intend to advocate on behalf of artists and arts organisations during these uncertain times. I will also seize the opportunity to ensure ACE achieves greater diversity in the arts sector. My time spent at Royal & Derngate during the last year as Executive Associate & Changemaker has been of great value to me. But now this role has drawn to a close, I’m pleased that the change-making will continue.”
We are committed to enabling as many people as possible to enjoy its performances. In addition to regular captioned, audio-described and sign-language interpreted performances,we offer relaxed performances for our Christmas shows and other selected shows and regular dementia-friendly screenings at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, including screenings for people with early onset dementia and their families. We have developed a new access brochure, with detailed information about the theatre’s facilities and access services, and a new access registration form enables users to inform the theatre of their specific requirements for ease of regular booking. More information is available by clicking here, or by emailing [email protected] or by calling our Box Office on 01604 624811.