News:

Tribute to Tim Gebbels

Tim as Old Man in Extant's 2016 tour of The Chairs. He sits in the porthole with the spotlight shining on him.

It is with enormous sadness that we mourn the tragic passing on 16 February 2017 of Tim Gebbels, our dear actor, trainer, consultant, artistic adventurer and consummate font of knowledge from Doctor Who to Guide Dogs.

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Panto fun with Simply Smiley!

Four performers (including Extant actor Steve) dressed, from left to right as a tiger, two safari explorers and a zebra!

We teamed up with our neighbours, pantomime company Simply Smiley, for a trip to their Jingle Jungle!

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Recruiting New Board Members - Deadline Extended!

Pic from The Chairs 2014 R&D with Extant team sat in a large semi circle, talking and laughing

Extant is recruiting for our Board of trustees. We have some exciting plans for the future and we urgently need to strengthen our Board to add new skills and new energy to the team of people who are currently ensuring that our charity is well-managed. 

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Audience Agency: The Results Are In

Scene from The Chairs 2016 - Old Man (Tim Gebbels) with headphones on turning a dial on a large control panel as if detecting radar signals

The Audience Agency have delivered their report on audiences and participation for The Chairs tour and the results have provided us much food for thought!

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October Participation Update

Cinema scenario: two individuals standing in front of a table with a person behind the table, sitting on a chair.

The latest news on participation: past and upcoming projects, and a link to Extant's documentary Regional Hub Building (year 1) film.

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‘Catching the Ghost’ - Guide Dogs Week 2016

3 Guide Dogs volunteers (blue and white t-shirts in the foreground) sit at the top of the Scoop audience watching Extant's performance

Extant have been commissioned by Guide Dogs UK to produce a special one-off performance for this year's Guide Dogs Week.

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40th Anniversary Fundraiser for RP Fighting Blindness

An event poster for the RPFB 40th anniversary with red and black background and pictures of five different performers

Get your tickets for a fundraising extravaganza celebrating 40 years of RP Fighting Blindness!

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Participation: July update and new opportunities

13 people standing in a circle, listening to Elizabeth Wainwright (second person to the right) at The Lowry.

News on our Regional Hub workshops and courses, plus updates on Extant's developing relationships with other organisations in the Midlands and Manchester.

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Success at the SMA’s!

Group photo of the Chairs winners Louise, Anna and Beatrice holding certificates with 4 other members of the Extant team and Bella the dog.

Congratulations to The Chairs technical team who were highly commended at the Stage Management Awards!

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Regional Hub Building Programme: Manchester and Birmingham update

Two pairs of venue staff lead one another in a sighted guiding exercise in the foyer at mac Birmingham.

 Extant recently visited and delivered a full days training to staff at mac Birmingham and The Lowry Salford in February 2016. 

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Extant Physical Theatre Programme: Manchester

A group of workshop participants stand and crouch in different positions while linking arms with one another.

Extant's first participation programme for young people in Manchester, hosted by The Lowry Salford, has officially begun.

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Train the Trainer

Whole group shot of the Train the Trainer participants with course leaders Tim and Steph, and Artistic Director Maria Oshodi.

Earlier this month a group of visually impaired participants took part in Extant's professional development course: Train the Trainer. 

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Expect the Unexpected: Youth Theatre Project

Two youth theatre participants turn to face another (out of shot) with a surprised expression on their faces.

Extant Youth Theatre's 'Unexpected' Project commenced in January with a dynamic group who meet every Saturday at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton

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Spirit of Resistance: update

Close up of a young man wearing a cap, the shadow of a Nazi officer reaches menacingly in the background

Extant has commenced its intergenerational creative project for visually impaired people exploring the life and legacy of World War II blind French Resistance leader, Jacques Lusseyran.

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East London Writers Project

Absurd dramatist Eugene Ionesco rests his head on a pile of manuscript and journals, with more books stacked up high to his left.

Take part in an exciting new workshop series on Absurd Writers, running at Stratford Circus in March and April to coincide with Extant's upcoming tour of The Chairs by Eugene Ionesco.

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