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Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say! Live – Streamed Comedy Night 17 Oct!

Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say! Live - Streamed Comedy Night 17 Oct with EXTANT!

Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say! Live – Streamed Comedy Night
– 17 Oct with EXTANT!

More than a dozen visually impaired comedians offer their 20/20 insights on their diverse experiences living in the capital for Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say!

Expect eye-watering laughs as our comedians reflect on everything from experiences of lockdown, competitive mediocrity, responses to a How Your Disability Affects You form, to personal hygiene and the ups and downs of technology.

“We want everyone – audiences and performers alike – to just have a real good laugh. It’s something we all need right now.” – CEO & Artistic Director Maria Oshodi on Broadway World

Date: Saturday 17 October, Time: 6 pm -7.30 pm
Location: Zoom, live-streamed from William Goodenough House
Tickets: £5
Find out more about the show and what to expect in our interviews with Blizzard Comedy, This Week London and The Upcoming!

Book tickets now via the link below or by calling our office on 020 7820 3737

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Extant is a dynamic, political space to articulate and celebrate what visual impairment brings to the performing arts. Our company has been going since 1997, creating innovative touring shows, skills training for blind artists and awareness training for the rest of the theatre industry, as well as rolling out grassroots participatory projects.

Our biggest achievements have been staying Extant for over 20 years and creating some of the most audacious productions featuring blind artists which have ever taken place! We’ve staged shows on the roof of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, in disused churches, on double decker buses, as well as at a host of more traditional theatre spaces up and down the land.

The impetus behind creating Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say! came from the monthly improvisation club for visually impaired people living in London that we began in the middle of last year. Called ‘No Dramas!’, it runs every month and has really taken off, attracting a wide range of exuberant characters. We wanted to harness some of the natural comedy that comes from the group and offer them an opportunity to work on their own stand-up in a safe space.

We invited visually impaired professional comedian Georgie Morell, who we’ve worked with lots in the past, to mentor the performers and offer the editing and delivery advice she’s learned from her years on the circuit. We also put out an open call through our networks for other ‘wannabe’ visually impaired comedians to send in their acts or ideas for consideration. We held an invite-only launch on Zoom back in June, which went down so well. The Bloomsbury Festival producers came along, and we’re delighted the show is part of their 2020 Festival.

After six months of meeting, making and presenting through digital means, we are gagging to get out into the real world again. Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say! is our attempt to do just that.

We’ve had to negotiate our own anxiety and caution in order to build our confidence in beginning to get out again, assessing what feels right for us as individuals and as an organisation. There are additional issues for visually impaired people in lockdown, and attempting to get out and about with social distancing measures in place makes things like physical guiding incredibly hard. All the usual support mechanisms from public transport staff have been severely compromised, and that makes getting around London much more difficult for visually impaired people.

We’ve offered performers the opportunity to present their acts over Zoom if they wish; the majority have opted to perform live. We have offered to cover taxis for rehearsals and the show, or to have access workers to meet performers at local Tube stations and use guiding straps, which we have purchased for safe guiding which reduces physical contact.

As you can imagine, all of this lends itself to material for our comedians! We are proud of our brilliant line-up of performers and our two fantastic visually impaired MCs, professional stand-up Georgie Morell and newcomer, Tower Hamlet’s answer to Cilla Black, Ashrafia Choudhury.

We’ve put all the Government’s safety guidelines into place for rehearsals, and the Bloomsbury Festival offered us a performance venue large enough to accommodate all our socially distancing performers. We’re trying to create a comedy club atmosphere by filling the seats with famous cardboard cut-outs, which will safely separate our live performers waiting to go up on stage.

We hope all these measures will relax our performers to enable them to deliver a cracking show. We want everyone – audiences and performers alike – to just have a real good laugh. It’s something we all need right now. We will be live-streaming from the beautiful William Goodenough College on 17 October – come and join us on Zoom!



New Interactive digital production “Flight Paths” from Extant

New Interactive digital production of Flight Paths from Extant

New Interactive digital production “Flight Paths” from Extantt

Extant are delighted to announce the premiere today of our new digital production Flight Paths, which will take you on a journey through old and contemporary tales of visually impaired travelling artists, inspired by the Goze – blind female performers of medieval Japan.

Journey with the Goze – blind female travelling performers of medieval Japan – and encounter old and contemporary tales of visually impaired female artists.

With the Goze as your guide and narrator, you’ll create and follow your own pathway using interactive navigation, encountering unique reflections on travel, blindness and migration.

This new digital retelling of the original 2019 stage production combines animation, aerial movement, and integrated captions and audio description.

“It’s thoughtful, meditative, there’s something haunting about it. Ultimately the piece is about finding this global community of blind people, not only in terms of the spatial dynamic, it’s time based. It’s historic.” – Artistic Director Maria Oshodi

Experience Flight Paths now through the link below! We’d love to hear your comments – share by tagging us on social media @extantltd.

Visit now at http://flightpaths.extant.org.uk/

We’d love if you could spread the link above by sharing our Twitter post or Facebook post, forwarding our e-flyer below, or posting on your channels. Any reciprocal requests more than welcome!

Thank you so much and looking forward to hearing from you,

Amelia Zhou

Assistant Administrator

(In the ‘office’ Monday, Tuesday, Friday)

020 7820 3737



Unsightly Drag 25 March!

Quiplash and Extant present Unsightly Drag, March 25

Metro would always advise to phone or email the event contacts to confirm there have been no last-minute changes or cancellations.

Quiplash & Extant present Unsightly Drag, March 25

We are excited to share Quiplash and Extant’s gender-bending cabaret drag show Unsightly Drag, coming up on March 25 at Jacksons Lane as part of And What? Festival.

Featuring blind and visually impaired people from across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, Unsightly Drag promises to be raucous and accessible for all (relaxed with integrated audio description and BSL interpretation.)

Quiplash and Extant theatre present… Unsightly Drag! Come watch blind and visually impaired people from across the LGBTQIA spectrum take small steps and giant leaps into gender bending fabulousness.

We’ll give you Kings, Queens, and drag that defies definition all in one beautifully accessible performance. This show will be one small step for quips (queer crips) and one giant leap for queer kind!

A cabaret with a difference, Unsightly Drag is presented by collaborating partners Extant, the UK’s leading visually impaired theatre company, and Quiplash, a new queer crip (quip) led creative company supporting and taking up space for quip artists and audiences.

7.30pm, March 25 at Jacksons Lane. 

Tickets here.




Job opportunity with Extant!

Job opportunity with Extant - Pathways Programme Manager

Job opportunity: Extant – Pathways Programme Manager

“Extant is looking for a brilliant and experienced individual to manage the delivery of Pathways, an initiative started in 2018, which is currently aiming to increase the number of visually impaired people developing successful careers in the performing arts.

Based at our London office it is a 2.5 year contract (2 days per week) at a salary of £30,000 pro rata.

Application deadline: Friday 8 November 2019 10am

Interviews: Thursday 21st November 2019.

How to apply

If you wish to have an informal conversation about the role prior to applying, please contact Hannah Quigley, current Pathways Programme Manager by email to arrange a phone call: hannah@extant.org.uk

If you wish to apply for the role of Pathways Programme Manager at Extant, you need to send:

  • a current CV
  • completed application form (link below)
  • completed Equal Opportunities monitoring form (link below)

to rhianne@extant.org.uk by 10am on Friday 8th November 2019.

Download the Job Description

Download the Pathways Programme Manager Application form

Click here to complete the online Equal Opportunities form

Equal opportunities

Extant aims to be an equal opportunities employer and we are particularly keen to hear from applicants who have a personal experience of visual impairment.  We would be open to applications from candidates who wish to work flexibly.”



Extant Job Opportunity!

Extant Job Opportunity - Assistant Administrator apply by 15 Sept

Extant is hiring an Assistant Administrator

Assistant Administrator – 14 hours per week £22,000 Pro Rata

Extant is looking for a can-do, enthusiastic and organised person to support the administrative functions of our theatre company, which is currently undergoing an exciting period of transformation.

Our new Assistant Administrator will support our theatre company by providing office based support in the following areas:

  • Fundraising administration 
  • Supporting our board of trustees
  • Supporting relationships with freelancers and volunteers
  • Marketing and communication
  • Financial administration

For the job description, person specification and more information on how to apply please see our website: http://extant.org.uk/news/extant_is_hiring_an_assistant_administrator

Application deadline 5 pm on 16th September 2019 

Interviews will be held 3rd October 2019