Who are Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists?

Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists (EBYA) is a performance training company for 16-30 year olds based at The Lighthouse in Poole. We meet weekly, training in theatre, dance, aerial circus and music.

EBYA is all about different people from different backgrounds coming together to create and devise their own work and make shows. There are performance opportunities, as well as coaching, mentoring and training with professional artists from the UK and around the world.

We are an ambitious group and we create adventurous work that challenges the barriers many young people face.

EBYA Company 2018

Following auditions in January, we now have a new EBYA company for 2018-2019. We look forward to working with The Point, Eastleigh, Poole Museum, Arts University Bournemouth, Ramps on the Moon and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

We have recently registered as an Arts Award Centre and 5 EBYA members will be working towards their first Arts Awards this year. Visit our Training page to find out more about Arts Award and how you can also take part.

 

2017 Highlights

  • 3-day collaboration with Theatre Royal Plymouth
  • A week residency in Italy with over 120 young artists from 9 different countries
  • Performing at Funky Llama Festival in Plymouth, Roundabout Festival in Poole and Circus City in Bristol
  • A week residency at Lighthouse Poole for 30 young people to develop our show Becoming, culminating in a sold-out premier of the show
  • Raising over £5,000 through Crowdfunder to take Becoming on tour.
  • One EBYA member has been offered an unconditional offer at one of the UK’s top Circus Schools.
  • One EBYA alumni was awarded Arts Council England funding to develop his own project.

Our past performances

EBYA have previously performed in Exeter, Unlimited Festival in London, Inside Out Festival in Dorset, and Doing Things Differently in Bristol, as well as performances at Theatre Royal Plymouth and the National Centre for Circus Arts. The company have also travelled for international projects in Bosnia and Portugal with The Complete Freedom of Truth.

More information

Contact Eilís, Artistic Director of EBYA for more information: eilis@diversecity.org.uk

 

 

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Photography credits: ©Dom Moore (1,2,3 & page header photo), ©Paul Blakemore (4,5); ©Will Clarke (6,7); ©Joe Clarke (8,9)

Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists

Beth smiling to camera, hair tied back, wearing blue tshirt with white writing: THE FUTURE IS ACCESSIBLE

Beth Alsbury

Beth Alsbury

Beth smiling to camera, hair tied back, wearing blue tshirt with white writing: THE FUTURE IS ACCESSIBLE
Emily smiling to camera

Emily Cutler

Emily Cutler

Emily smiling to camera
Natalya, smiling, wearing a black hat

Natalya Howard

Natalya Howard

Natalya, smiling, wearing a black hat
Josh Ward smiling to camera

Josh Ward

Josh Ward

Josh Ward smiling to camera
Profile of Jessica Skelton, EBYA Member

Jessica Skelton

Jessica Skelton

Profile of Jessica Skelton, EBYA Member
Rachel, smiling to camera

Rachel Oram

Rachel Oram

Rachel, smiling to camera
Profile of Luke Davies smiling, EBYA member

Luke Davies

Luke Davies

Profile of Luke Davies smiling, EBYA member
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Frankie Nixon

Frankie Nixon

Extraordinary Bodies logo: Pink Dot followed by letters 'ebya'
Extraordinary Bodies logo: Pink Dot followed by letters 'ebya'

Charlotte Blandford

Charlotte Blandford

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Profile photo of Kieran Procter, EBYA Member

Kieran Procter

Kieran Procter

Profile photo of Kieran Procter, EBYA Member
Clarissa Hustler, EBYA member

Clarissa Hustler

Clarissa Hustler

Clarissa Hustler, EBYA member
Freya Garner, EBYA member

Freya Garner

Freya Garner

Freya Garner, EBYA member
Profile of Shane Masterman, EBYA Member

Shane Masterman

Shane Masterman

Profile of Shane Masterman, EBYA Member
Jess, smiling to camera.

Jess Edney

Support Worker

Jess Edney

Jess, smiling to camera.
Becky smiling to camera, wearing a black tshirt with 'Diverse City' logo on the front.

Becky Rodriguez

Support Worker

Becky Rodriguez

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Becky smiling to camera, wearing a black tshirt with 'Diverse City' logo on the front.
Richard smiling to camera

Richard Moy Thomas

Support Worker

Richard Moy Thomas

Richard smiling to camera

EBYA Alumni

Profile of Dave Young, in front of a blue wall.

Dave Young

Dave Young

As a member of The Remix, Dave performed in Breathe at the opening of the Olympics in Weymouth and travelled to Brazil to work with disability dance groups. Dave performed his poetry at the opening of the Paralympic games as part of the ‘Seen but Seldom Heard’ project and at Funky Llama Festival, Plymouth Theatre Royal.

Dave was a Fixer on ITV Meridian in 2014 where he explored perceptions of disability and asked people not to write off wheelchair users. He has written a book of poetry called the Shouting Mute and made several films. Dave is involved in several Diverse City projects including The Complete Freedom of Truth and Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists, and has documented the work of Extraordinary Bodies through poetry and film.


 

Profile of Dave Young, in front of a blue wall.
Rebecca Gear, EBYA member

Rebecca Gear

Rebecca Gear

Rebecca Gear, EBYA member
Profile of Anthony Periera smiling.

Anthony Periera

Anthony Periera

Profile of Anthony Periera smiling.