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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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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Duck Duck Goose Improv Jam

Posted on: 22 Jan 2020

Our blind and visually impaired No Dramas! workshop participants had a ball of a time at the Duck Duck Goose improv jam in Brixton last month! If you’re looking for more improvised fun, head along to their weekly events, held every Monday 8 – 10.30pm at Effra Social, Brixton. For more information, visit their website […]

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Extant launches Pathways VI-TAP

Posted on: 4 Oct 2019

Training trainers to facilitate practitioner’s awareness As part of our Pathways programme we are extending our series of visually impaired awareness training sessions for theatre practitioners, to tutors and directors. So far we have delivered this training for the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, The Actors Centre and the Young Vic. A wide range of theatre industry […]

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Clare Perkins – our new patron!

Posted on: 4 Oct 2019

“Perkins’ final monologue is incredibly motivational and emotionally charged. Leaving the audience feeling so empowered after a performance is a daunting prospect, but together Perkins and Malcolm obtain this with ease” Johnathon Penney, Miro Magazine on ‘Emilia’ “Perkins as Cynthia…is the show’s beating heart.” Time Out on ‘Sweat’ Actor Clare Perkins has developed a strong reputation […]

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