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We are Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists (EBYA), a youth theatre company for 16-30 year olds. Based at Lighthouse Poole, we meet every Thursday evening to develop our performance, theatre, dance and music practice. We also have monthly visits to Frome in Somerset to develop our aerial circus skills. Our members include talented young people from Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset.

EBYA is all about different people from different backgrounds coming together to create and devise our own shows. We love to make ambitious and challenging new work and we perform across the UK.

EBYA has access to coaching, mentoring and training with incredible professional artists from the UK and around the world. EBYA exists to support young people at the start of their Arts careers and we have bursary places available. 

What’s happening in 2019?

We are currently working on devising and writing our new production, Till We Win. The show will premiere in April 2019, at Lighthouse Poole alongside The Shouting Mute’s performance of Just Grow Up and Love Chocolate. Buy tickets and find out more information here.

This spring, we are the face of Diverse City’s 2019 Crowdfunder campaign, aiming to raise £4,000 to run Theatre & Circus taster workshops for young people in Dorset. We want to offer 40 FREE workshop places, with award-winning Dorset theatre maker Nikki McCretton, plus internationally renowned professional company Acrojou. Find out more about our Crowdfunder here.

We are also developing our own professional paths through a coaching and mentoring programme. This has been funded by the Youth Social Action Programme, which is an iWill grant from Dorset Community Foundation.

This year we are collaborating with Dance and Acting students from Arts University Bournemouth. They will be joining our weekly sessions at Lighthouse Poole. Finally, we’re working on something exciting with New Wolsey Theatre, so keep your eyes on the News pages for more updates!

Interested in joining EBYA?

Are you a young person in Bournemouth, Poole or Dorset interested in the performing arts, theatre, circus or music? Do you want professional, coaching and training opportunities? Do you want to join an energetic group to develop your skills?
Yes? Then please get in touch with us! Simply fill in the short form at this link to show your interest, or you can email our Artistic Director Eilis Bevan-Davis: eilis@diversecity.org.uk for more information.

Training and Professional Opportunities

EBYA is proud to shout about our 100% success rate in supporting members with their Higher Education applications. Our Alumni have gone onto study at NCCA, RADA and Bird College Conservatoire for Dance and Musical Theatre. We have successfully supported applications to opportunities with National Theatre and Graeae Theatre. Our Alumni have also been successful with Arts Council England’s funding applications for individual artist development.

In 2018 Diverse City registered as an Arts Award Centre in Dorset and 5 EBYA members are now working towards their first Arts Awards. You can visit our Training page to find out more about Arts Award.

What else have we done?

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Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists is supported using public funding by National Lottery and Arts Council England.
Photography credits: ©Dom Moore ©Paul Blakemore ©Will Clarke ©Alexa Ledecky ©Keziah Benbow

Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists

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

Beth Alsbury

Beth Alsbury

I’m Beth, I’m from Frome in Somerset. I started working with Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists after participating in an Extraordinary Bodies creative explorations workshop in October 2017. I stayed with the youth company until August 2018 when I had to leave for university.
I fell in love with aerial circus, particularly static trapeze, and enjoyed challenging myself with new creative ways to use my body. I am currently studying BA Hons in Acting at RADA.
Beth smiling to camera, hair tied back, wearing blue tshirt with white writing: THE FUTURE IS ACCESSIBLE
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

Hi I’m Becca and I’m from Bournemouth, I joined the EBYA family in 2015 and began my circus journey. With EBYA we created ensemble work that included theatre, movement and aerial. I also got the opportunity to travel to Bosnia with EBYA and teach my skills to others, along the way learning many of new skills, such as parkour!
Thanks to EBYA, I am now currently a second year degree student at the National Centre for Circus Arts, my discipline is dance trapeze and I also have a love for acrobatics, handstands, movement and much more!
Working with  a group of disabled and non-disabled artists really opened my perspective of circus, it was really lovely to work with such a beautiful group of people.

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 Shows, Theatre and Films. He won the Best Actor Award playing Domingos in the film O Delfim. Speaker of four languages, Milton has worked in Portugal, France, Angola, Mexico and the UK. As an aerialist he performed in the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony and Extraordinary Bodies’s show Weighting. He works regularly with Graeae Theatre Company having played the lead role Macheath in Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera, a co-production by Graeae, New Wolsey Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Rep.

Milton has also worked in Early Days Of Better Nation, by Coney directed by Annete Mees. He played Peter in Bonobo a feature film by Matthew Hammet Knott. In 2016 he portrayed John The Savage in Brave New World for BBC Radio 4, directed by David Hunter; worked as an Aerialist in Calling Tree, Arts Admin production, directed by Rosemary Lee and Simon Whitehead; participated in the smash hit Portuguese Telenovela A Unica Mulher produced by Plural Entertainment for TVI.

In 2017 Milton toured Wales playing Areal in The Tempest by Taking Flight. In 2018 He played The Australian Aboriginal in Our Country’s Good, a Ramps On The Moon Production, played Athos in The Three Musketeers (The Dukes Park Show) directed By Sarah Punshon. He is in Death Of A Salesman, directed by Sarah Punshon at Royal Exchange in Manchester, playing Stanley The Waiter.

Milton is currently developing his own show,Elephant, with a cast of D/deaf and disabled performers, using aerial circus, theatre and live music.

 

Milton - a mixed race man with shoulder length dreadlocks, sitting on the floor, smiling to camera. His black tshirt says 'I SAW PEARL JAM'
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.
John Kelly, a white man with dark hair and blue eyes, wearing a colourful blue stripe shirt - looks into the camera with a stern look - his quiff fringe falling over his forehead and a padlock chain sitting round 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, a white man with dark hair and blue eyes, wearing a colourful blue stripe shirt - looks into the camera with a stern look - his quiff fringe falling over his forehead and a padlock chain sitting round his neck.
Rowan, smiling to camera

Rowan Fae

Rowan Fae

Rowan, smiling to camera
Daryl smiling to camera

Daryl Beeton

Daryl Beeton

Daryl has worked extensively within the Theatre, Disability and young people’s arts sector for over 20 years. He is a recognised cultural leader as well as a high-profile advocate for disabled artists. The core of all of Daryl’s work has been a belief that arts can enrich our lives and those of the communities we inhabit. Working in this way has required Daryl to try a variety of ambitious, imaginative and unorthodox approaches, to creating relevant and playful theatre that removes barriers and ensures the engagement for all and across all art forms.
In 2010 Daryl was selected as one of 15 Cultural Leaders creating and producing work in the outdoor arts sector by the Independent Streets Arts Network (ISAN) and in 2013 he was recognised with an Action for Children’s Arts Members Award for his commitment to enriching children’s lives through the Arts. In 2018 he set up his new company Daryl Beeton Productions providing a platform for artists, companies and people to collaborate.
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.
Flora Alwen - A woman with dark eyes and dark brown hair to her shoulders, smiling brightly to camera.

Flora Alwen

Circus Director: EBYA - Frome

Flora Alwen

Flora worked as a Circus Performer for over 10 years, specialising in in aerial acts (silks, rope, hoop, static and swinging trapeze). Her company ‘La Seda’ provided aerial acts for events across the globe, including Royal Albert Hall London, Monte Carlo, Rome, Paris and Toronto.

She also worked for The Dream Engine as one of the Heliosphere aerialists, and for Cirque Bijou as an Aerial Choreographer. Flora is now the Subject Lead for Circus at Steiner Academy Frome and runs the youth circus programme Circus Stars Frome.

Flora Alwen - A woman with dark eyes and dark brown hair to her shoulders, smiling brightly to camera.