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Desperate Studios

Home of ‘PACTS’

Desperate Studios is home to PACTs (Performing Arts Collaborative Theatre Space). We are a collection of companies and creative practitioners working across live performance, street arts, circus, clowning, physical theatre, dance, and outdoor events.

We offer a great creation space for the development or delivery of projects, classes, or workshops at affordable rates for artists or community projects. The space does not operate for profit, and instead aims to keep costs affordable for cultural incentives.

The space is managed by its in-house circus theatre company Tit for Tat and has existed for over 30 years under the previous management of the Desperate Men. It has enjoyed hosting many creatives in developing their work over the years, and we hope it continues to do so for at least 30 years more.

Space Hire

Our light and airy rehearsal space is available for hire.

It’s a fantastic, low-cost venue for devising, rehearsals, running workshops and filming.

Available for hire 7 days a week, with affordable rates for artists. For more information, click here

PACTs Membership

Become a PACTs member and make use of our local space for your own creative practice. Many individual artists have a home at Desperate Studios, collaborating with its resident companies to share resources.

Whether you are regularly running classes, have ongoing need for creation or practice space, or just need a small area to store some props or do some admin. Our small and supportive network of creatives could be home to you too!

To see our current members, or to enquire about joining PACTs, click here

Resident Companies

Desperate Studios is a space, not an entity, and is home to several resident companies and individuals. Managed by its lead resident company, Tit for Tat, we bring together years of experience in the professional sector as practitioners, performers, producers, tutors, and curators of touring work – under one roof.

If you are looking for project support or guidance in the arts, or practitioners to collaborate with, you can contact our team or look through our resident companies to see if one looks like a good fit.

To see a list of our current Resident Companies, or to find links to their work, click here