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.

We are recruiting new company members, so if you would like to join the company please fill in the form at this link or email Eilis if you have any questions: eilis@diversecity.org.uk

EBYA Company 2018

This year we will be working with The Point, Eastleigh, Poole Museum and Arts University Bournemouth. EBYA will be accompanying Diverse City to deliver inclusive practice training as part of a new partnership with Ramps on the Moon and 7 other venues across the UK. In August we will also join Extraordinary Bodies circus company in London, to perform at The National Theatre, as part of the What Am I Worth? tour.

EBYA are excited to also be attending and performing at For / With / By: Festival of European Youth Theatre at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. We will be joining 150 young people from 4 different countries for a week of exchange, performances and collaboration, and performing our show Becoming.

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.

Past performances and achievements

EBYA has previously performed at Unlimited Festival in London, Inside Out Festival in Dorset, Funky Llama Festival in Plymouth, Roundabout Festival in Poole, as well as Doing Things Differently and Circus City in Bristol. EBYA has also participated and performed at residencies at Lighthouse PooleTheatre Royal Plymouth and the National Centre for Circus Arts. The company have also travelled for international projects in Bosnia, Italy and Portugal with The Complete Freedom of Truth.

In 2017 EBYA raised over £5,000 through a Crowdfunder campaign to take their show Becoming on tour. One EBYA member has been offered an unconditional offer at one of the UK’s top Circus Schools and another alumni was awarded Arts Council England funding to develop his own project.

More information

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

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

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
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

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.
Hugo, a young white man, with light brown/blonde dreadlocks to his shoulders and a big smile!

Hugo Lucas-Rowe

Hugo Lucas-Rowe

Hugo, a young white man, with light brown/blonde dreadlocks to his shoulders and a big smile!
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.

Associate Artists

Milton - a mixed race man with shoulder length dreadlocks, sitting on the floor, smiling to camera. His black tshirt says 'I SAW PEARL JAM'

Milton Lopes

Actor, Circus Artist

Milton Lopes

Milton Lopes was born in Cape Verde and grew up in Portugal, where he worked as an actor in various TV series, theatre shows and feature films. A speaker of four languages and now based in London, Milton has performed in the Paralympic Opening Ceremonies, worked for companies such as Graeae Theatre Company and Artsadmin, and recently played the part of John ‘The Savage’ for BBC Radio 4’s Brave New World. He is currently developing his own accessible show Elephant that tells the story of a mixed race disabled man, using aerial circus and live music to ask questions such as “Is identity defined first by race or by (dis)ability?”

Milton - a mixed race man with shoulder length dreadlocks, sitting on the floor, smiling to camera. His black tshirt says 'I SAW PEARL JAM'
John Kelly - short haircut with his fridge styled to a quiff; John wears a red checkered shirt and a padlock and chain around his neck.

John Kelly

Musician, singer, songwriter

John Kelly

John is a self taught musician and singer / songwriter. He has performed all over the world from Brazil to Estonia, playing for audiences of thousands. Most memorably he performed for 200,000 as part of an anti-austerity protest in Parliament Square, and for 80,000 in the Olympic Stadium as part of the Paralympic Opening Ceremony. John has played rock n roll in Memphis and Nashville, and has sang with the Blockheads, but his favourite gigs have been in the smallest of pubs back home in Ireland ‘with close family, friends, a packet of Taytos and a pint of the black stuff!’

John is proud to be a Disability and Human Rights Campaigner and has been most fighting for rights to Independent Living. On top of all that he is also a youth worker and a qualified facilitator who works with many different organisations to develop creative & inclusive practice.

 

John Kelly - short haircut with his fridge styled to a quiff; John wears a red checkered shirt and a padlock and chain around his neck.
Karina Jones, a woman with long blonde-white hair and bright blue eyes, smiling to camera.

Karina Jones

Actor, Artist - Wales

Karina Jones

Karina Jones is an actor and aerial artist. At age 13 Karina became disabled through a degenerative sight condition, but she didn’t let that discourage her. Karina studied Acting at university, followed by an MA in Voice Studies from Central. In 2012, she answered a call out for disabled artists to perform at the Paralympic Opening Ceremonies. She took part in an intensive training course for circus and aerial work at Circus Centre London, where her passion for circus was realised. From here Karina continued her training at the Green Top Circus in Sheffield, and joined the Extraordinary Bodies team for the premiere of Weighting in 2013. She described the elation and freedom of swinging on an aerial hoop high in the air as one of her biggest achievements.

Karina Jones, a woman with long blonde-white hair and bright blue eyes, smiling to camera.
Rowan, smiling to camera

Rowan Fae

Rowan Fae

Rowan, smiling to camera
Daryl smiling to camera

Daryl Beeton

Daryl Beeton

Daryl smiling to camera
David smiling to camera.

David Ellington

Dancer, Actor and Film Producer - Bristol

David Ellington

Dancer, Actor and Film Producer David Ellington is recognisable across the country for his multiple television appearances, including his ground-breaking in-vision signer role for the Channel 4 Rio 2016 Paralympic Games trailer. He has performed in multiple productions with Graeae, won best actor for his performance in DEF at the ‘Deaf Oscars’ Award Ceremony, and was also part of the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony. David is profoundly Deaf and a British Sign language user, who since being in Extraordinary Bodies has developed aerial circus skills to add to his bag of tricks.

David smiling to camera.
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.