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Pathways Directors Showcase – Zoom Watch Party

Posted on: 8 Feb 2022

Extant is delighted to invite you to the online Zoom showing of the Pathways Directors Showcase. This online event is a filmed screening of the live Pathways Directors showcase which originally took place on 28 January 2022 at the Cockpit. The screening is for anyone who missed the in-person showcase, those who’d like to view the works again, or […]

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States of Mind

Posted on: 24 Sep 2021

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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The Write Stage

Posted on: 20 Apr 2020

In October 2017, Extant paired seven writers with seven professional mentors for the Write Stage project. Over four months, participants worked together to develop seven individual pieces of new writing, which was presented by an integrated cast of visually impaired actors and directors in a live performance. Funded by Arts Council England and The Drapers’ […]

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Pathways Directors Summer Online Masterclasses

Posted on: 17 Mar 2020

These three summer online workshops will offer our Pathways Directors the chance to explore stimuli, research accompanying themes and build ideas for our proposed face-to-face masterclass intensive in Autumn.

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Tinted

Posted on: 22 Jan 2020

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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Dance Stage

Posted on: 26 Oct 2019

Dance Stage was a program of dance classes open to all visually impaired adults at any level of experience or ability.

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Catching the Ghost

Posted on: 9 Oct 2019

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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The Man Who Saw Backwards

Posted on: 9 Oct 2019

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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Awards for All 2017

Posted on: 29 Jun 2017

The West Midlands Awards for All project culminated at the end of May in a fantastic performance, Getting On With Life by Connect and Co at mac Birmingham. 

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Spirit of Resistance

Posted on: 19 Jul 2016

An intergenerational project inspired by Extant's 2005 production of Resistance.

You can now watch the new legacy film (below) with behind-the-scenes footage from both the 2005 production and last year's commemorative project.

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Unexpected: Youth Theatre 2016

Posted on: 17 May 2016

'Unexpected' was a four-month long project which culminated in a public performance exploring personal stories of sight loss.

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Show Real Miracles

Posted on: 2 Apr 2015

Read about the project funded by Greater London Fund for the Blind in early 2015 that sparked this performers' gallery of show reels.

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