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This image is a headshot of Extant's new Trainee Artistic Director Ben Wilson. He is a white man with short blonde hair, blue eyes, and a beard. He wears a black t-shirt.

Ben Wilson simmers over Richard III controversy

Posted on: 24 Jan 2024

Ben Wilson simmers over the recent Richard III controversy As a disabled person and a Shakespeare nerd, I struggle with Richard III. It’s a really tricky play. Part of me wants to tear it up and never see it again because it’s strewn with vile ableism from start to finish. My soul sinks every time […]

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A group of two white men and two white women chat and smile together in a relaxed workshop space. They all face away from the camera, and are surrounded by chairs and a large window looking out onto trees.

Enhancing Enhance!

Posted on: 29 Nov 2023

Enhancing Enhance!    Enhance 2 – our tailor-made access support and training for shows in post-production – is ready for a 3-year roll-out from 2023-26. Thanks to Paul Hamlyn Foundation, we are now offering this tailor-made programme for venues and touring theatre companies across the U.K. We will be working with 54 touring theatre companies […]

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Blind in Theatre Festival

Posted on: 29 Nov 2023

Blind in Theatre Festival in Zagreb In October, along with Artist Development Manager Louisa, I lead Extant’s biannual visit to the Blind In Theatre festival (BIT) at the New Life theatre in Zagreb, Croatia. Louisa and I were joined by Samuel Brewer, Aarian Mehrabani and Alice Christina Corrigan. Sam and Aarian are both VI actors […]

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Jasmin Thien sits on a wooden chair in a black box theatre. Jasmin is a young Chinese-British woman with long dark hair pinned back off her face. She wears a white top and skirt decorated with floral motifs, and white trainers. The floor under the chair and around the stage is marked with white tactile flooring tiles.

I Dream in Colour – 5 star review at the Bloomsbury Festival 2023

Posted on: 29 Nov 2023

I Dream in Colour – 5 star review at the Bloomsbury Festival 2023 October was a busy month for Extant with our Associate Artist, Jasmin Thien. First we presented an excerpt of her show I Dream in Colour at Camden People’s Theatre to a packed crowd, then later in the month we held a full-length […]

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A group of eight people of varying ethnicities and genders are rehearsing and smiling together. They are dressed colourfully and casually in a brightly lit white and green room.

Extant create new audio drama Unseen about the impact of domestic abuse on the VI community

Posted on: 29 Nov 2023

Extant create new audio drama Unseen about the impact of domestic abuse on the VI community Extant are creating Unseen, an audio drama that imaginatively explores and portrays the unique ways in which domestic abuse affects blind and visually impaired individuals. Unseen is a creative response to The Unseen Report (if you would like to […]

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Maria, a biracial middle aged woman, wearing a black long-sleeved top, burgundy peaked cap and glasses, sits at a round table with an open laptop, smiling out at camera, next to a blue banner with the Middlesex University coat of arms which has in capital letters, 'The Future You Want - Master your career with postgraduate study'.

Taking on the Challenge of ‘presenceing’ 

Posted on: 29 Nov 2023

Taking on the Challenge of ‘presenceing’ Years ago, when I informed my writing agent that I was going to take a break from writing and enrol for a degree in drama, she asked in a puzzled tone, “Why?”. What she meant was why would anyone at that precise point interrupt a healthy blossoming career  as […]

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This image shows Extant's Logo. The word 'Extant' appears in purple against a white background. Underneath this is Extant's website, also in purple: 'www.extant.org.uk.' To the left of the text are six purple dots arranged in two columns, which bring to mind braille code.

Free Creative Workshops for VI Individuals with Experience of Domestic Violence

Posted on: 25 Sep 2023

Extant offers free creative workshops for VI individuals with experience of domestic violence   Extant are creating ‘Unseen,’ an audio drama that imaginatively explores and portrays the unique ways in which domestic violence affects blind and visually impaired individuals. We are offering free creative workshops online to any blind or visually impaired individual with lived […]

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Rehearsal for Crew and Design Showcase in Canada Water Theatre, February 2023. Actor Douglas Walker a white man with full beard wearing a red hoody and beige trousers sits on stage looking at a laptop. Long black drapes hang behind him. Associate and movement director Ada Eravama a black woman with long braids wearing a white top and gold hoop earrings sits Stage left of Douglas and looks on.

Pathways Evaluation Report: Blog Post, 6th July 2023

Posted on: 6 Jul 2023

Pathways Evaluation Report: Blog Post, 6th July 2023   By Caroline Jeyaratnam-Joyner, Pathways Programme Manager and Showcase Director, January 2020-March 2023     Pathways (2019-23) is Extant’s flagship professional development programme for visually impaired artists in the theatre industry. The programme – extended by one year due to the Pandemic – included: masterclasses, shadowing, mentoring, […]

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Extant Associate Artists dream of a bright future!

Posted on: 28 Jun 2023

Extant Associate Artists dream of a bright future!     In March 2023 London audiences were fortunate to catch a work-in-progress show presented by Extant, featuring our two Associate Artists, Helena Ascough and Jasmin Thien. This double bill of new work was part of Camden People’s Theatre’s Sprint Festival, an annual celebration of new, experimental […]

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Super Power Panto Logo: In a comic book style, a blue gloved hand bursts out from the pages of a comic book, holding a white cane. Yellow action lines and stars surround it, flying out from the centre of the image. Slanted across the top left of the image the words 'Super Power Panto' are written in yellow blocky cartoon text, outlined in black and with a blue drop shadow. All of this is in front of a deep red background.

Super Power Panto Roundup!

Posted on: 28 Jun 2023

Super Power Panto Roundup!     Following the pandemic, we created in collaboration with Simply Smiley, a unique new family show that went from conception to final performance in one year which is a record for us! This included fund raising in record time, creation of a new script co-written by sighted and visually impaired […]

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This image is a headshot of Extant's new Trainee Artistic Director Ben Wilson. He is a white man with short blonde hair, blue eyes, and a beard. He wears a black t-shirt.

Extant’s 1st TAD – Trainee Artistic Director

Posted on: 28 Jun 2023

Extant’s 1st TAD – Trainee Artistic Director   “I am hugely excited to be Extant’s first ever trainee artistic director. I cannot wait to get started and to mine the knowledge and experience of the team at Extant and unlock the amazing opportunities that this job might bring. My biggest passions in the world are […]

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Announcing the new Extant Associate Artists

Posted on: 19 Dec 2022

Announcing the new Extant Associate Artists Extant is delighted to reveal our two new Associate Artists, Helena Ascough and Jasmin Thien, who will both be presenting work-in-progress performances at Sprint Festival in March 2023. We received some incredible applications, but were really blown away by both Helena and Jasmin’s proposals due to their ambition, creativity […]

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