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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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Movie Theatre: Daredevil

Posted on: 29 Jun 2021

We have been working with the 2003 Marvel film Daredevil in Movie Theatre, where we research playing with accessible film by taking the live audio described soundtrack and used it to direct blind actors to create a new live dramatic interpretation of the film.

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Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say!

Posted on: 11 Sep 2020

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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Imagi-Nation!

Posted on: 11 Sep 2020

Extant has joined with Global Play Brigade to trial the first ever international improvisation project for visually impaired people over Zoom.

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Rathband

Posted on: 21 Jul 2020

PC David Rathband was shot and blinded in Durham by escaped prisoner Raoul Moat in July 2010 – A decade on, in July 2020, Extant launched an interactive Zoom cast of ‘Rathband’ by writer Christopher Hogg, hosted by visually impaired actor, Robin Paley Yorke.

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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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Storytelling with Blind Vets UK

Posted on: 20 Apr 2020

In February 2020, Blind Veterans commissioned Extant to present a series of workshops in Llandudno for visually impaired participants, facilitated by Elizabeth Wainwright and assisted by Owen Pugh. Over the course of a week, participants learned and developed storytelling skills, culminating in a live performance. Members of the group also learned chorus singing as a […]

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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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The Cast Party

Posted on: 9 Oct 2019

Background More and more these days, ‘access’ is the name of the game, and as visually impaired people, we find that if there is provision made for us in this respect it usually focuses on making information accessible, buildings accessible or the art product inside these buildings, like plays, films or exhibitions accessible through audio […]

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Flatland

Posted on: 4 Oct 2019

Extant has led a first and second phase investigation into haptic technology and immersive performance in ‘The Question’ (2010) and ‘Flatland’ (2015) .
Learn more about these innovative art and technology projects here.

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Hub Building

Posted on: 27 Aug 2019

Flight Paths followed Extant’s innovative accessible approach to facilitating audience engagement in two ways: Weaved accessibility for visually impaired people into the work. Our goal is to create one single artistic experience which is accessible to both visually impaired and non-visually impaired people rather than expecting the visually impaired audience to wear headphones. Supported by […]

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