Actors

From October 2018 to September 2019 eight visually impaired and blind actors took part in Pathways 1.

The pathways actors stand together in a line, they stand in an array of poses, arms folded, reaching out, hands on hips and pointing guns fashioned from their hands.

This included a series of monthly workshops led by drama schools, industry practitioners, theatre companies and also involved professional mentoring. It culminated in a show-case presentation at RADA Studios, featuring the 8 Pathways actors working with contemporary texts, Shakespearean monologues and ensemble sketches.  These  entertained and engaged around one hundred creative industry professionals and practitioners who attended, enlightening them to life as a visually impaired and blind actor. More details about the programme and a film of the event can be found here

The eight talented actors; Alex Williams; Anthony Gough; Chloe MacCombe; Danielle Evans; Douglas Walker; Jake Sawyers; Judith MacCombe and Megan John have continued to audition for film, TV and theatre roles across the UK and America.

Dougie, Chloe and Jake in rehearsal script and mobile phone in hand all sitting medium shot

Pathways actors can be seen in the coming months in: 

Jake Sawyers – Unsightly Drag at Chapel Playhouse with Quiplash (a company co-run by Amelia Cavallo, who was Jake’s mentor throughout Pathways). On 18 October 2019 at the Bloomsbury Festival

Douglas Walker – ‘The Visit’ at the National Theatre. From 31st January 2020.  Booking: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-visit

Danielle Evans, Alex Williams and Anthony Gough have been an integral part of Engage2Stage , which grew out of an Extant participation project in the North West and has recently become a formally constituted community theatre group in Bury, Manchester. Anthony Gough is chair of the group, which is currently in rehearsal for a murder mystery production for Christmas 2019 at the Bury Met. Also having received Awards for All England funding, the group has now embarked on delivering a storytelling project for 2020 called ‘Our Journey Home’.

For more information: https://themet.org.uk/event/engage-2-stage/

To express an interest in the work and future opportunities related to Pathways please contact Caroline@extant.org.uk.

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