Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists

Who are Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists?

Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists (EBYA) is a performance training company for 16-30 year olds based at The Lighthouse in Poole. We meet weekly, training in theatre, dance, aerial circus and music.

EBYA is all about different people from different backgrounds coming together to create and devise their own work and make shows. There are performance opportunities, as well as coaching, mentoring and training with professional artists from the UK and around the world.

We are an ambitious group and we create adventurous work that challenges the barriers many young people face.

2017 Highlights
  • We travelled to Plymouth for a 3-day masterclass with Theatre Royal Plymouth
  • We supported a member of EBYA to create his own 40 minute film, shown to audiences in Bournemouth
  • We attended a week residency in Italy with over 120 young artists from 9 different countries
  • We performed at Funky Llama Festival in Plymouth, Roundabout Festival in Poole and Circus City international festival in Bristol.
  • One of our EBYA alumni was awarded Arts Council England funding to develop his own performance project.
  • We hosted a week residency at Lighthouse Poole for 30 young people. We developed EBYA’s latest show Becoming and performed a sold out premiere of the show
  • We raised over £5,000 through Crowdfunder to take Becoming on tour.
  • One EBYA member has been offered an unconditional offer at the UK’s top Circus School
Our past performances

EBYA have previously performed in Exeter, Unlimited Festival in London, Inside Out Festival in Dorset, and Doing Things Differently in Bristol, as well as performances at Theatre Royal Plymouth and the National Centre for Circus Arts. The company have also travelled for international projects in Bosnia and Portugal with The Complete Freedom of Truth.

More information

Contact Eilís, EBYA Artistic Director: eilis@diversecity.org.uk

Our Work

Suspended from the ceiling and surrounded by explosions of colourful chalk, two performers sit in a wheelchair, their muscly arms revealed
What Am I Worth?
What Am I Worth?
Jamie flys in the air on an aerial harness, his arms outstretched with an ecstatic expression on his face, a bright blue sky behind him.
Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists: Two young aerialist sit in an aerial hoop on stage their arms outstretched. They are wearing red, white and black. The other cast members watch them from onstage.
Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists
Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists
Deb flies from an aerial hoop off the Weighting show bridge structure. She faces away from the camera looking out to the horizon, a beautiful dappled sky as her background.
The Future of Circus
The Future of Circus