Venues and Consultancy

wide shot from the stage of the Lowry auditorium (venue for the Chairs); three levels of empty red seats with Artistic director Maria Oshodi


As part of Extant’s Hub Building programme we have partnered with venues in the Midlands to deliver awareness training that provides theatre staff with the knowledge and skills to improve services for their Visually Impaired audience members, including learning how to sighted guide.

Training was delivered by Extant-trained visually impaired practitioners at each of our touring venues for our 2016 production of The Chairs: Harlow Playhouse, mac Birmingham, The Lowry and Stratford Circus. We have also previously run training for staff at The Albany and Sadlers Wells in London.

If you are an arts venue interested in our work and would like to take part in Venue Awareness or hosting workshops then please get in touch by writing to


Actor Heather Gilmore in rehearsal, sat on one of two metal chairs, lifting an arm up as if explaining something to the person next to her.


Extant also encourages venues in their own approach through innovative means including workshops for creative teams, generating ideas on how to go beyond audio description as a means of presenting accessible performances.

Our consultancy offers extends to schools, higher educational institutions, teachers and support staff to provide creative ways of engaging in debates and problem solving around performance teaching methods and access for visually impaired people.

If you would like to learn how your theatre or arts venue can improve accessibility for its clients/audience members through Venue Awareness, then please get in contact with or alternatively call the office on 020 7820 3737.