Associate Artists

We assist visually impaired artists develop and launch their own projects

Two drag performers on stage. Right, a white woman with black bowler hat, a long pink feather boa and black suit jacket. The performer on the left is reaching up to the boa.

I Dream in Colour by Jasmin Thien & No Future by Helena Ascough

Two photos side by side separated by a purple line. On the left is a close shot of the face of Jasmine Thien (an East Asian woman in her mid-20s). Her eyes are closed and patterns of dappled light are cast across her face. The other image is a black and white photo of Helena Ascough (a white, blonde-haired woman in her mid-20s). She stands speaking animatedly into a microphone in a stand, with her right hand pointing toward her head. She wears a denim jacket, a tartan skirt, a white t-shirt and glasses.

March 2023

Extant, Helena Ascough and Jasmin Thien Present: ‘No Future’ & ‘I Dream In Colour’ A double bill of new work by Extant’s Associate Artists, showcasing the cutting edge of access-led theatre created by blind and visually impaired theatre artists. Camden People’s Theatre Mon 27 Mar 2023, 19:15 No Future – written and performed by Helena Ascough […]

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Past Life at the Bloomsbury Festival

production shot of Alice, a white blonde woman in her mid twenties, performing in Past Life. She is stood leaning forward with arms outstretched and laughing, with soft lighting on her face and is wearing a dark pink tie-dye shirt.

2022

Extant is delighted to present Past Life by Alice Christina-Corrigan at the Bloomsbury Festival 2022 Written and performed by Alice Corrigan, a graduate of Extant’s Pathways Writers Programme, Past Life is a genre-bending, multi-sensory and creatively accessible exploration of the stages of a breakup and the normalisation of sexual assault in relationships. Written and performed […]

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States of Mind 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.

Saturday 16 October 2021, 8.30pm

Visually impaired Shakespearean director Christopher Hunter penetrated the dark heart of Shakespeare’s sensationally successful poem Venus and Adonis to create States of Mind, produced by Extant.

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Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say!

A black woman conversing to a group of seven others who are laughing at what she is saying.

17 October 2020 live streamed at 6pm

I Say, what do you get when over a dozen visually impaired comedians congregate for some covert comedy?

Yes it’s Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say! At this year’s Bloomsbury Festival!

Join us on 17th October at 6 pm for a night of eye-watering comedy from our awesome range of visually impaired comedians who will actually be performing together and live-streamed to you from a top-secret location and offering 20/20 insights on their diverse experiences living in the capital!

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Quiplash – Unsightly Drag

A celebratory group shot of visually impaired drag artists, all dressed in a variety of colourful and outlandish costumes. Some people pose while others grin and have their hands in the air.

2019-2020

Quiplash – Unsightly Drag 2019-2020     A cabaret with a difference, Unsightly Drag was presented by collaborating partners Extant, the UK’s leading visually impaired theatre company, and Quiplash, a queer crip (quip) led creative company supporting and taking up space for quip artists and audiences. Blind and visually impaired people from across the LGBTQIA […]

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Tinted by Amy Bethan Evans

A close up of a white woman with electric blue lightning makeup on her right eye and smoky blue eyeshadow on the other. She is wearing a purple coat with fur collar and grasping a microphone.

August 2018

Tinted is a revolutionary disabled response to the #metoo hashtag. Staged as accessibly as possible and written by disabled playwright Amy Bethan Evans (Libby’s Eyes, BBC Access Room, Kudos Fellowship shortlist and producer of Access Platform) Tinted is the debut full-length monologue from company Scripped Up, championing D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent writers. Tinted started as a […]

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The Man Who Saw Backwards by Esther Eliot

A white man with tied back ginger hair sits on a chair leaning towards a black woman who is reaching out her arm and touching his face. Behind them is a white man with short dark hair who is making noises with a keyboard, and metal cups. To the left of the image stand two white women, the one with dark hair is whispering in the ear of the one with light blonde hair.

2018

The Man Who Saw Backwards In 2018 Extant supported visually impaired actor Esther Elliott with her first-time writing project, by providing a week of research and development time in a venue with a professional, visually impaired cast, and directing consultation by Maria Oshodi. Esther’s take on Shakespeare’s King Lear relocated much of the action to […]

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Edinburgh Fringe Previews – Douglas Walker and Tom Skelton

Tom Skelton looking over dark glasses dressed in a beige trench and black trilby

2017 & 2018

Visually impaired comedians Tom Skelton and Douglas Walker preview their shows Blind Eye Spy and Of Christmas Past ahead of the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe

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Catching the Ghost by Chris Campion

A close up shot of two white men standing facing each other. One wears a long silver tinsel wig and the other looks at him, with a confused expression.

2016-2022

Catching the Ghost is back! This play is being performed at Nozstock Festival on 24th July 2022, with Chris and Steve returning to the roles. Information available here: https://nozstock.com/artists/extant-present-catching-the-ghost/

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