The Desperate Men – Slapstick and Slaughter (Live Show)

The Desperate Men have been causing chaos in the streets and in venues for 40 years – 2021 is an exploration of next steps, ending, and reflections. As part of this process, we are proud to present … 

Slapstick and Slaughter: attempts to confront the absurdity of war in just 40 minutes, two men using their bodies and voices and the surrealist toolbox of DADAism. Playful, physical, and blackly comedic, Slapstick and Slaughter examines how the barbaric chaos of World War One manifested itself in the nihilistic, nonsensical art that grew from it.   

Review – “A small but perfectly formed and darkly comical epic, packed tighter than a kitbag with visual surprises, guffaws of laughter and a disarming humanity” Bristol24/7 

Where: The Shambles indoor Market 

When: Monday 30th of August 

Time: show 19:30 /Fifteen-minute interval followed by film 20:30 Close approx 21:20

Tickets: This show is ticketed – £3 entry your ticket includes both the show and the film

The Desperate Men will be in the Black Swan from 21:20 and would love to see you and hear your thoughts and answer questions. 

This show will be Audio Described and have BSL interpretation.
Please look for the AD and BSL booking options when you buy tickets.
For visually impaired audiences members:


Pre-show touch tour is at 6:15pm
Introductory notes begin at 7:15pm
For questions or concerns regarding Accessibility for this show, you can email Sophia at

Book your Tickets here – £3 each or £10 for a family ticket (4 people)