News & Opportunities

Extant Enhance is back!

Posted on: 25 Mar 2022

This Spring we have trained four intrepid visually impaired facilitators in the method of Enhancing shows with accessible features to support four different artists, venues and companies with their upcoming shows. Helped by funding from The Spectacle Makers, they will work with the venues and companies to deliver: Visual impairment awareness training for staff Programme notes that […]

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Recruiting for Extant’s next Pathways programme – Crew and Design

Posted on: 21 Jan 2022

Extant’s flagship programme to train visually impaired artists since 2018 is recruiting again – so far we have worked with actors, directors and currently writers; and are now ready to support and facilitate visually impaired people wanting to further their careers in backstage theatre roles or design. If you have had some experience in lighting, […]

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Inside Yellow Sound

Posted on: 29 Jun 2021

CEO and Artistic Director Maria Oshodi is currently collaborating with Dr Maria Kapsali, Lecturer in Physical Performance at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds, and her colleagues Dr Nikos Stavropoulos, a composer of acousmatic and mixed music, and experimental music technologist, Kingsley Ash. Inside Yellow Sound is an immersive environment […]

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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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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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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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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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