DEVOTED & DISGRUNTLED with Improbable [Part of A Bit Of A Do festival]

July 5, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Stanley Halls
S Norwood Hill
London SE25 6AB

Part of A Bit Of A Do – a 3 day mini-festival of theatre, dance and cabaret by artists and companies with and without disabilities. (full details of festival below)

As part of A Bit Of A Do festival, we are hosting a D&D event with Improbable. D&D uses Open Space to facilitate conversations and discussions – empowering people to engage with issues, and to take responsibility for making better theatre and making theatre better.

What can we do to bring disability arts into the mainstream and support disabled artists, audiences and participants?

2019 sees the third year of A Bit Of A Do – a mini-festival of performances from artists and companies with and without disabilities. This year we have asked Improbable to return to the festival to host an open space event to discuss how we can make the arts more accessible to artists, audiences and participants who are disabled, d/Deaf and visually impaired. We want to address how we can breakdown barriers between disability arts and the so-called ‘mainstream’. Can we imagine a future in which all arts events and activities are accessible to everyone? And a time when there is no longer a distinction between ‘disability arts’ and the ‘mainstream’?

Some issues that are up for us include:

  • Accessibility for audiences and artists (including publicity material);
  • How collaborations between disabled and non-disabled artists and companies can remove barriers and help do away with labels;
  • The role of programmers and producers in including disabled and non-disabled artists on the same platforms / line-ups (without labels, or ‘disability seasons’);
  • More diversity in decision-making, planning, programming and producing at all levels;
  • Where to get quality training in providing all round access for events, festivals and venues;

You might have some thoughts, answers or questions of your own to share – this event is all about us doing the work together on the things we really care about. We’d like to invite anyone who works in the arts and has an interest in or connection to disability to come and join the conversation. Whether you’re an artist with a disability, work with an organisation supporting artists with disabilities, work for a local council, are a carer… or connected to / passionate about disability arts in any other way.


BSL / English interpreters available

AGE GUIDANCE: 18+ (This session is open to artists and arts professionals)

***THIS EVENT IS FREE. HOWEVER, WE WELCOME DONATIONS TO HELP US CONTINUE OUR WORK. We are a registered charity, creating live events, supporting emerging artists and empowering people with disabilities to create and access theatre and dance. All donations will be used to further this work – to help us make this year’s festival amazing, and to make sure we can do it again in 2020!


This event is part of A BIT OF A DO

5-7 July 2019

At Stanley Halls, South Norwood, London SE25 6AB

For full line-up, schedule and free booking details please visit



Venue Address: Stanley Halls, South Norwood, London SE25 6AB

Train: Norwood Junction Station (National Rail, London Overground)

Bus: 196, 410 (both immediately outside venue)



The building is wheelchair accessible, with accessible toilets. Seating is cabaret style, with moveable chairs, and all on one level.

All performances feature British Sign Language and/or English interpretation. Select performances and workshops include supported access for visually impaired audiences.

We will have a specially trained festival front of house team, who will be on hand to support with access.

If you have questions about access please contact Chris Williams, who is our designated access officer for the event – email


A Bit Of A Do is supported by Arts Council England, The National Lottery Community Fund, Croydon Council, Stanley Halls, Croydon Mencap and Willow Learning for Life.