States of Mind at Bloomsbury Festival 2021

Shakespeare’s extraordinary poem Venus and Adonis provides the inspiration for a compelling exploration of erotic power in this contemporary reimagining by Christopher Hunter.

A purple flower growing out of a white hospital bed, a splatter of red blood on its sheets. The background of the image is all black.

Extant is the UK’s leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired artists and theatre practitioners, producing touring productions and delivering training regionally and internationally.

Extant is working in a very rich area, producing powerful performances, and I wish you all the best of strength and fortitude in the future

Peter Brook

Coronavirus Update

In line with the UK government’s guidance around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Extant office is closed until further notice. All staff are working from home though our usual lines of communication are open within normal office hours for general information, enquiries or even just to chat. Read our full statement here.

Joanna, a slim white woman with long brown hair hands flowers to Artistic Director Maria Oshodi as they stand smiling in front of a large balloon reading 20

Welcome to Extant

Extant is the opposite of extinct. Formed in 1997 by founder Maria Oshodi and a group of professional visually impaired artists, the company aimed to redress invisibility of blind and partially sighted artists and explore new creative territories. Since then it has become a dynamic, political space to articulate and celebrate what visual impairment brings to the performing arts.

A short film celebrating our 20th Anniversary can be viewed here, and the full length version is available on request. Read our full list of awards granted over our history here.

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