News & Opportunities

A group of visually impaired and blind actors standing on stage, their attention directed to one of them being piggybacked.

Opportunity: Disabled actors

Posted on: 6 Apr 2021

Extant are recruiting disabled actors who are interested and available for a gig on Monday 14th June 2021, 9.45am-2pm on Zoom. This will be a Pathways Directing Lab for our fifteen blind and visually impaired directors who are training in the craft of directing. Each Pathways Director will work in a break-out room to direct a […]

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The Space Arts Podcast

Posted on: 31 Mar 2021

Artistic Director and CEO Maria Oshodi joins The Space’s Creative Director, Fiona Morris and audio producer Clare Freeman for an episode of their new podcast series now available at to listen to on Spotify & Apple Podcasts. During her conversation with Fiona and Clare, Maria chats about the challenges of creating accessible digital content, the […]

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Opportunity: Trustees

Posted on: 22 Mar 2021

We are looking for trustees to join us at an exciting time in our development. We’re building on our successes and new ways of working during the pandemic, strengthening and deepening our work on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and shortly to embark on strategic planning for the next four years. We are seeking trustees with […]

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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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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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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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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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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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