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A visually impaired black woman wearing tinted glasses sits in a centre of a rehearsal room, arms in right angle motion. A group of visually impaired participants are dance behind her.

Projects:

Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say!

A black woman conversing to a group of seven others who are laughing at what she is saying.

17 October 2020 live streamed at 6pm

I Say, what do you get when over a dozen visually impaired comedians congregate for some covert comedy?

Yes it’s Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say! At this year’s Bloomsbury Festival!

Join us on 17th October at 6 pm for a night of eye-watering comedy from our awesome range of visually impaired comedians who will actually be performing together and live-streamed to you from a top-secret location and offering 20/20 insights on their diverse experiences living in the capital!

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Rathband

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.

14 July 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.

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No Dramas!

Three woman standing in a circle facing one another. The woman in the centre has her hands drawn to her head, while the woman on the left takes a step towards her.

17 September 2020

Are you visually impaired and would you like to come along to drama sessions that are designed to have some fun, learn new skills and meet new people?

Then No Dramas! is just for you!

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Past:

The Write Stage

The participating writers sit in a row on stage, with the backs of the front row of the audience in the foreground. A white woman on the right is facing the audience, receiving questions for a Q&A

October 2017 - February 2018

In October 2017, Extant paired seven writers with seven professional mentors for the Write Stage project. Over four months, participants worked together to develop seven individual pieces of new writing, which was presented by an integrated cast of visually impaired actors and directors in a live performance. Funded by Arts Council England and The Drapers’ […]

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Spirit of Resistance

A group of older women sit around a table in the foyer at Stratford Arts Centre talking to a younger access worker.

January - June 2016

An intergenerational project inspired by Extant's 2005 production of Resistance.

You can now watch the new legacy film (below) with behind-the-scenes footage from both the 2005 production and last year's commemorative project.

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Unexpected: Youth Theatre 2016

A member of the group sits in the rehearsal space with the director as he casts his hands out wide with his glasses in one hand.

January - April 2016

'Unexpected' was a four-month long project which culminated in a public performance exploring personal stories of sight loss.

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Show Real Miracles

Group photo of participants in the project

Early 2015

Read about the project funded by Greater London Fund for the Blind in early 2015 that sparked this performers' gallery of show reels.

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‘I dance’

An older white man and middle eastern woman are in ballroom dance hold

2014

A series of accessible dance workshops for visually impaired people funded by the Greater London Fund for the Blind.

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Radio Play

Writer Louise Jenkins leans over to talk to a participant who is wearing headphones

June - September 2013

 A radio drama and script-writing project for visually impaired young adults aged from 18 to 30, which ran from June to September 2013.

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Forum 4Us

Forum 4 Us group in a line

April & May 2012

A forum theatre project for visually impaired young adults aged 15-30, ran in April and May 2012.

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Magic Workshop

Jonny Kirin and Sandy Plate Spinning

July 2011

Extant held a beginners guide to magic on Saturday 2 July 2011 at the Oval House Theatre.

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Dance Stage

A group of participants in flamenco class standing in a large circle, their arms outstretched and curved in motion. A black and white image.

Autumn 2010

Dance Stage was a program of dance classes open to all visually impaired adults at any level of experience or ability.

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Writing Stage

The words of a script can be read on a laptop screen over someone's shoulder in the workshop

Autumn 2010

In the autumn of 2010 and winter of 2011 Extant ran a 10 week performance writing programme called ‘Writing Stage’, for visually impaired writers at any level of experience.

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