Super summer and action-packed autumn for EBYA

A large group of young artists from EBYA and National Youth Theatre gather in a large studio space. They are standing and exchanging conversations, everyone looks happy, laughing, smiling.

As the summer comes to an end and Autumn term begins for Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists (EBYA), Artistic Director of the youth company Eilis Davis shares the exciting adventures through the heatwave, new partnerships and creative friends, plus what else is to come for our inspiring young artists this year.

Training with Ramps on the Moon

This summer EBYA have travelled over the country with Diverse City, as part of a new partnership with Ramps on The Moon. The youth company assisted the Diverse City training team as we took The Inclusive Rehearsal Room training on tour to other youth theatre professionals from Birmingham Rep, Leeds Playhouse, Theatre Royal Stratford East, New Wolsey, Sheffield and Nottingham. The workshops created a space to share new approaches, build confidence and develop thinking in how to make Youth Theatre practice and performance inclusive.

What Am I Worth? Tour

EBYA and the National Youth Theatre were part of the Community Choir of Extraordinary Bodies’ What Am I Worth? performance at The National Theatre as part of their Riverstage Festival 2018.


The summer highlight for EBYA was participating in ‘For/With/By‘, a European Youth Theatre Festival, hosted by Birmingham Rep back in August. EBYA spent a whole week living and breathing European Theatre, with 240 other young aspiring theatre makers. They performed a revision of their recent 2017 show Becoming as part of the week residency. Artistic Director Eilis said:

“It was fabulous to watch new relationships emerge between young people who live miles away from each other. It was a festival that celebrates European Theatre, with a focus on young people making work, watching work and sharing work. It was really incredible and heart warming to listen to young people’s reflections on Europe, what it means to be European in the UK at this unique political time, and to witness the theatre that is being made as a result.”

What is still to come in 2018?

EBYA are in the early stages of making their new show, which will preview in April 2019. An Artist Development programme kicks off at the end of October, which will support EBYA with group and one-to-one coaching throughout their creative process. This coaching will enable them to articulate their creative journey, make a creative space that is free-flowing with ideas and also support them through their individual artistic and personal development.

Keep an eye on Diverse City’s social media for some sneak previews and behind the scenes snippets as EBYA’s new show takes shape!

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Photo highlights from the summer: EBYA rehearsing and performing with Extraordinary Bodies at The National Theatre.
Photography credit: ©Alexa Ledecky