Desperate Studios

Our light and airy rehearsal space is available for hire.

It’s a fantastic, low-cost venue for theatre company rehearsals and filming. Available for hire 7 days a week.

  • 17 x 24 feet
  • Insulated floor
  • Double glazed windows with black-out blinds
  • Piano, sofa and chairs
  • Access to a kitchen with sink, microwave, kettle, fridge

Lights are on dimmer switches but are not full theatre lights. The room is not suitable for band rehearsals and unfortunately the only access points into the building and the space is via 5 steps.

Rental rates are very reasonable, as we have an ethos to support artistic work. There is a sliding scale based on frequency, duration, and scope of the project/organisation. Please contact us at for more rates and availability.



PACTS was originally set up in 1993 by Jon Beedell, Frankie Anderson, Kim Tilbrook, Tim Roberts and Olly Crick after the demise of Fooltime circus school (theforerunner of Circomedia) to create and manage a shared space where members could rehearse, design, make, produce, meet, exchange ideas, and share office space and administrative back-up.

The Mivart Street Studio has been in constant use since 1995 and is used by different arts groups, both regularly and on an ad hoc basis. For over 20 years the studio, storage and office spaces have been used by a diverse and talented variety of artists, makers, cultural strategists, advocates, and important movers and shakers of Bristol’s vibrant cultural and artistic life.

In 2016 a basic refurbishment of the facilities took place with a small ACE grant and investment from Desperate Men and the landlords. In 2023, after their “40 Years of Desperation” the Desperate Men handed over the reins of PACTs to Tit for Tat Circus, who had began their own work here in 2013. Tit for Tat continue to uphold this wonderful legacy.