Extraordinary Bodies artists Aislinn Mulligan, David Ellington and Helen Orford perform Weighting on stage as the sun sets.

Extraordinary Bodies is the UK’s leading professional integrated circus company. It is a partnership between Diverse City and leading show-makers, Cirque Bijou.

First created in 2013, Weighting is an uplifting, large scale, outdoor show that combines circus, theatre and live music to tell the story of an extraordinary family. The show celebrates risk-taking, transformation and asks when is the right time to let go?

The cast includes seven extraordinary disabled and non-disabled circus and theatre artists who take to the air on a huge transformative set. A stupendously talented five-piece band playing an original score accompanies the piece, along with a captivating BSL interpreter and dulcet-toned audio describer. The show’s memorable finale includes an integrated local community choir, singing and signing together.

Supported by Arts Council England, Weighting was redeveloped in 2015 with writer Hattie Naylor. We toured to 5 locations across the UK including a headline performance at Bristol’s Doing Things Differently event in September 2016.

The show’s haunting and memorable soundtrack, composed by Dom Coyote and Ted Barnes, is available for download, with an invitation to support Extraordinary Bodies with a suggested donation.

Alongside Weighting, Diverse City supported a groundbreaking participatory programme called Sings, Leads & Plays. We invited everyone to experience, enjoy and learn first-hand about artistic integration. In 2014-16 this was funded through Diverse City’s Clore Duffield Foundation, 50th Anniversary Prize Fund win.

“It was astounding and not because it was a disabled company,  but just
because it was world class theatre done exceptionally with absolute heart and joy.”
Audience member, Southwark, 2015

“Beautiful, awesome, inspirational!
Yes I’m inspired to take more risks and live a little more.”

Audience member, Bristol, 2016

“What a wonderful show. And what a moment to show it…
just when we need to be reminded that risk taking is the only way forward.”

Audience member, Southwark, 2015

“Everyone does things differently;
it’s about respecting that and letting people do their thing, their way.”
Audience member, Bristol, 2016

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Photography credits: ©Richard Davenport (1, 8, 9); ©Joe Clarke (2, 3, 5, 7); Rachel Lambert (4, 6);
Page header photo: ©Richard Davenport