EBYA Circus and Theatre Workshops Throwback & What’s Coming Up Next

A group of young people sit on the floor in a circle, in conversation. The circle is surrounded by sheets of paper with notes on them, placed in a circle shape as well

Last month, a lucky group of Dorset young people got a taste of the performance training offered by Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists. Thanks to the generous individuals who donated to our April Crowdfunder, a total of 34 young people jumped into a series of free circus and theatre workshops held over a three days at The Lighthouse Poole.

Sessions as always were led by industry professionals – this time it was Jackson Barnard, Artistic Director from circus company Acrojou and Niki McCretton, Artistic director of Dorset based Stuff and Nonsense. Barnard had this to say about the workshops:

We focused on bringing your whole self to the room and the process and the value in this. The ideas and contributions that came up were in turns touching, inspiring, surprising. It was a genuine pleasure.

Eilís Bevan-Davis, EBYA’s Artistic Director, who facilitated the sessions with Acrojou and Niki said:

The Lighthouse was filled with an exciting energy during the workshops. New faces joined familiar ones and we got straight to work devising theatre in unusual and wonderful ways. It was exceptional to welcome some true theatre experts to Poole and to experience the space created by those participating.

The young people shared their thoughts and feelings about the workshops on post-it notes and large paper banners:

Three words to describe my experience: Fun · Challenging · Electrifying · Creative Different · Insightful

What I will take away from the workshops: New friendships · Confidence · Feeling like I can be myself · Togetherness · Happy memories

A young man and a woman facing each other in conversation, perhaps acting out a scene. Behind them several other duos practicing and other people observing them in the background

Coming Up Next For EBYA

In July, EBYA revs up for another trip to Ipswich to work with The New Wolsey. Following up on last Summer’s Ramps On The Moon workshops, EBYA will lead the venue’s youth company in three days of playful, creative experimentation that puts equality and access centre stage.

Big news about this Autumn: EBYA will be performing their witty and uncompromising new show Till We Win at the BIC (Bournemouth International Centre) on October 15th. Keep an eye on our social media for more information and tickets coming soon.

Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists perform Till We Win at Lighthouse Poole - the young company are on stage, gathered together, standing tall with fists punching high in the air.

EBYA Is Looking For New Recruits

Click here to find out more about EBYA. Interested in joining the company? Get in touch now for a chance to become a member and perform in EBYA’s new show Till We Win at the award-winning venue Bournemouth International Centre on October 15th 2019!


Photos © Gemma Alldred for Diverse City