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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.

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 smiling to camera

Emily Cutler

Natalya, smiling, wearing a black hat

Natalya Howard

Natalya, smiling, wearing a black hat

Natalya Howard

Josh Ward smiling to camera

Josh Ward

Josh Ward smiling to camera

Josh Ward

Profile of Jessica Skelton, EBYA Member

Jessica Skelton

Profile of Jessica Skelton, EBYA Member

Jessica Skelton

Rachel, smiling to camera

Rachel Oram

Rachel, smiling to camera

Rachel Oram

Profile of Luke Davies smiling, EBYA member

Luke Davies

Profile of Luke Davies smiling, EBYA member

Luke Davies

Profile photo of Kieran Procter, EBYA Member

Kieran Procter

Profile photo of Kieran Procter, EBYA Member

Kieran Procter

Clarissa Hustler, EBYA member

Clarissa Hustler

Clarissa Hustler, EBYA member

Clarissa Hustler

Profile of Shane Masterman, EBYA Member

Shane Masterman

Profile of Shane Masterman, EBYA Member

Shane Masterman

EBYA Alumni

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

Dave Young

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

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.


 

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

Beth Alsbury

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

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.
Freya Garner, EBYA member

Freya Garner

Freya Garner, EBYA member

Freya Garner

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

Hugo Lucas-Rowe

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

Hugo Lucas-Rowe

Rebecca Gear, EBYA member

Rebecca Gear

Rebecca Gear, EBYA member

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.

Profile of Anthony Periera smiling.

Anthony Periera

Profile of Anthony Periera smiling.

Anthony Periera