News & Opportunities

A night of eye-watering laughter

Posted on: 3 Nov 2020

On Saturday 17 October, thirteen visually impaired comedians took to the stage for a livestreamed covert comedy show, Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say! as part of Bloomsbury Festival! The comedians reflected on everything from lockdown, personal hygiene, the ups and downs of technology to life on the streets of Hackney. The full show is […]

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The logo for Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say: Upon a black background, a pupil in the middle of the image is outlined with the words 'Eye Say Eye Say Eye Say' bolded and in white, in the shape of an eye. Small, multicoloured stars surround the eye on the two top corners of the image. The Extant and Bloomsbury Festival logos are on the bottom of the image.

Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say!

Posted on: 16 Oct 2020

At the Bloomsbury Festival
Saturday 17 October 2020, 6pm show-time

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New sighted guiding advice

Posted on: 11 Sep 2020

The Government has recently confirmed that blind and partially sighted people in England can be guided from someone outside their household. This follows recent government advice from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland which also confirms sighted guiding can go ahead. If you need sighted guiding from family or friends who live in different households, the RNIB have […]

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Flight Paths R&D - A medium close up of a woman with cropped hair throwing her head back in laughter. She wears a sky blue, zip up hoodie. She is in a theatre auditorium and aerial silks are visible behind and above her.

Opportunity: Social Media Intern

Posted on: 4 Sep 2020

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. The company aims to redress invisibility of blind and partially sighted artists and explore new creative territories. It is a dynamic, political space to articulate and celebrate what visual impairment […]

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A close up of a middle aged white man's face. His expression is haggard and his fingers touch his left cheek right below his eye.

Rathband

Posted on: 14 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. Robin was an eye witness of the fateful event that took […]

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A look back at Extant’s last 20 years

Posted on: 7 Jul 2020

Formed in 1997, Extant was the inspired name chosen by a group of professional visually impaired artists, for the emergence of a new dynamic space, intended to redress our invisibility as artists and explore new creative territories. Over the past two decades, we have produced groundbreaking theatre by and for visually impaired performers and audiences, […]

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A composite image of twelve screen grabs from a Zoom meeting, in a three by four rectangular grid formation. Each screenshot contains a close-up profile of an individual Eye Say Eye Say Eye Say comedian in their respective homes, smiling towards the camera.

Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say

Posted on: 7 Jul 2020

Eye Say, what do you get when over a dozen visually impaired comedians come together? Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say! On Monday 1 June we held a comedy night via Zoom to launch over a dozen visually impaired comedians aching to spin their take on life under lockdown, Black Lives Matter, the tyranny of […]

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A mixed group of male and female actors stand on stage in a cluster. They are all looking off to their right, leaning in that direction.

Job Opportunity: Freelance Pathways Evaluator (October 2020 – March 2023)

Posted on: 3 Jul 2020

Pathways is a four-year programme, funded by Arts Council England. We have also received funding from Ulverscroft, and The Leathersellers Company. Pathways is a tailor-made professional development training programme for visually impaired theatre practitioners. Extant wants to nurture and develop this talent, in order for visually impaired artists (actors, directors, writers and backstage technicians) to […]

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A group of eight workshop participants sitting in a circle on stage in a black box theatre. A man is sitting with legs crossed in the back with his hands in a 'what if' pose while the others sit crosslegged or on chairs with their attention to him

Pathways Directors Summer Online Masterclasses

Posted on: 8 Apr 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 the Autumn. Tim Etchell’s work has spanned 36 years with Forced Entertainment; as well as his independent work as a visual artist, writer and performance maker. […]

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Digital Flight Paths Progress…

Posted on: 8 Apr 2020

Ai  Takita-Lucas joins Artistic Director Maria Oshodi, editor and producer Nic Sandiland, animator Dave Packer, and designer Tim Jukes on the exciting, unique and accessible creative development for the Digital Flight Paths interactive online experience. View Ai’s work – https://dokoteiinko.wixsite.com/inkoredible View Dave’s work – https://sheepfilms.co.uk/ We’ll be sharing more fascinating updates on Digital Flight Paths  over the […]

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Extant’s COVID-19 Update

Posted on: 20 Mar 2020

In line with the UK government’s guidance on the developing situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Extant office is closed until further notice. Ensuring the health and well-being of our staff and community, and those closest to them, is our number one priority in these extraordinary and unprecedented times. All staff are working from […]

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Up, up and away with Digital Flight Paths

Posted on: 24 Feb 2020

We are thrilled to have received a commission from The Space to create a new and innovative online reworking of our acclaimed 2019 touring production Flight Paths! Combined movement, music, narrative and creative audio description using new sound technology, Flight Paths is inspired by the Goze of medieval Japan – blind itinerant female storytellers who journeyed around the […]

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