What Am I Worth? – A new show for 2018

A new outdoor show touring from summer 2018

Seven extraordinary artists run, fly, catch, play and sing on a flying, tipping, and spinning stage. They grapple with what it means to value each other in a world of instant judgments.

What Am I Worth? explores what it’s like when human value is taken apart and reassembled. As each performer’s true worth is revealed how will our perceptions of neighbours, colleagues, community and family change?

What am I Worth? is available for touring from summer 2018 and into 2019. Civic artists and community collaborators are
at the heart of every performance.

The show was created after a year of Creative Exploration with communities in 10 locations across the UK and Ireland, supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Fund and with residencies at the National Theatre’s New Work Department.

Directors: Billy Alwen and Claire Hodgson
Writer: Hattie Naylor
Associate Director: Aislinn Mulligan
Composer: Ted Barnes
Set design and build: Will Datson
Costume: Jo Paul
Devised by the company.

For more information or bookings contact us

Our Journey

In 2017 we travelled the country visiting communities in 10 different places across the UK and Ireland. In each place, we shared circus, music and storytelling skills with diverse community groups, in return for their response to the question What am I Worth? Find out more by clicking each place on the map below.

Our Journey Melbourne London - Southwark Nottingham Glasgow Carlow Telford Cariff Bristol London National Theatre Weston Super Mare Poole Plymouth

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

18th – 21st April 2017 In partnership with Funky Llama, Extraordinary Bodies held a 4 day Creative Exploration residency at Theatre Royal Plymouth. Participants came from two local community programmes associated with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Funky Llama and Our Space. Funky Llama creates innovative events and provides creative support for adults with disabilities, and Our … Continued

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

18th – 21st April 2017 In partnership with Funky Llama, Extraordinary Bodies held a 4 day Creative Exploration residency at Theatre Royal Plymouth. Participants came from two local community programmes associated with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Funky Llama and Our Space. Funky Llama creates innovative events and provides creative support for adults with disabilities, and Our … Continued

Lighthouse, Poole

10 – 12th April 2017 Extraordinary Bodies held a 3 day Creative Exploration with community participants at Lighthouse Poole from the in partnership with local arts organisation Activate. We worked with a group of 20 young people from Activate’s integrated youth performance company The Remix to play, experiment, share stories and learn circus and performance skills.

Lighthouse, Poole

10 – 12th April 2017 Extraordinary Bodies held a 3 day Creative Exploration with community participants at Lighthouse Poole from the in partnership with local arts organisation Activate. We worked with a group of 20 young people from Activate’s integrated youth performance company The Remix to play, experiment, share stories and learn circus and performance skills.

City Arts, Nottingham

22nd – 24th May 2017 In partnership with City Arts Nottingham we worked with 18 community participants who share an interest in circus and carnival. “City Arts is delighted to have maintained the link with the Extraordinary Bodies team, following our exciting collaboration with them in 2015. We are looking forward to having some focused … Continued

City Arts, Nottingham

22nd – 24th May 2017 In partnership with City Arts Nottingham we worked with 18 community participants who share an interest in circus and carnival. “City Arts is delighted to have maintained the link with the Extraordinary Bodies team, following our exciting collaboration with them in 2015. We are looking forward to having some focused … Continued

Carlow Arts Festival

8th – 10th June 2017 At Carlow Arts Festival will be working with various groups offering workshops in circus skills and theatre, and will be showcasing the work made as part of our Creative Exploration on the Saturday night of the festival.  

Carlow Arts Festival

8th – 10th June 2017 At Carlow Arts Festival will be working with various groups offering workshops in circus skills and theatre, and will be showcasing the work made as part of our Creative Exploration on the Saturday night of the festival.  

Glasgow Merchant City Festival

25th – 28th July 2017 “We’ve made it to Scotland! John Kelly has brought some incredibly technical sound equipment which I don’t understand, and I’ve brought some flipchart paper. This week we’ve been starting to think about narrative for the show. Hattie is giving the participants a crash course in how to structure a really … Continued

Glasgow Merchant City Festival

25th – 28th July 2017 “We’ve made it to Scotland! John Kelly has brought some incredibly technical sound equipment which I don’t understand, and I’ve brought some flipchart paper. This week we’ve been starting to think about narrative for the show. Hattie is giving the participants a crash course in how to structure a really … Continued

Telford and Wrekin Council

From the 21st – 26th August 2017, we worked in partnership with Telford and Wrekin council to bring a Creative Exploration residency to Telford. This took place in the Oakengates Theatre where members of the Extraordinary Bodies company worked with a local integrated group to teach them circus and performance skills, and share ideas around … Continued

Telford and Wrekin Council

From the 21st – 26th August 2017, we worked in partnership with Telford and Wrekin council to bring a Creative Exploration residency to Telford. This took place in the Oakengates Theatre where members of the Extraordinary Bodies company worked with a local integrated group to teach them circus and performance skills, and share ideas around … Continued

National Theatre, London

At the National Theatre, Dergin twirls wildly on his crutches, lifting the weight of his body through his arms until he is fully vertical. Later, we lift him high into the air in his wheelchair on a pulley system. In this room, Circus artists from Germany, Australia and the UK gather to fuse contrasting ideas on … Continued

National Theatre, London

At the National Theatre, Dergin twirls wildly on his crutches, lifting the weight of his body through his arms until he is fully vertical. Later, we lift him high into the air in his wheelchair on a pulley system. In this room, Circus artists from Germany, Australia and the UK gather to fuse contrasting ideas on … Continued

Southwark

13th – 15th September 2017 Working with the Arts & Events team at Southwark council, Extraordinary Bodies returned to Southwark where our show Weighting played to audiences of thousands back in 2015. We will be continuing our work with the Southwark community as they take part in our Creative Exploration residency exploring ideas of value … Continued

Southwark

13th – 15th September 2017 Working with the Arts & Events team at Southwark council, Extraordinary Bodies returned to Southwark where our show Weighting played to audiences of thousands back in 2015. We will be continuing our work with the Southwark community as they take part in our Creative Exploration residency exploring ideas of value … Continued

Hijinx Unity Festival, Cardiff

From November 8th – 10th 2017, Extraordinary Bodies worked with performers from Hijinx Theatre, running workshops for an integrated group of local community members. The workshops took place at the Tabernacle Church Hall in Cardiff as part of Hijinx Unity Festival.

Hijinx Unity Festival, Cardiff

From November 8th – 10th 2017, Extraordinary Bodies worked with performers from Hijinx Theatre, running workshops for an integrated group of local community members. The workshops took place at the Tabernacle Church Hall in Cardiff as part of Hijinx Unity Festival.

Bristol Old Vic

From February 13th – 15th 2018 we worked in our home city of Bristol, in partnership with Bristol Old Vic, to deliver a series of free inclusive circus workshops for young integrated theatre groups in the Bristol area. This was our 10th and last Creative Exploration before the making of the new show What Am … Continued

Bristol Old Vic

From February 13th – 15th 2018 we worked in our home city of Bristol, in partnership with Bristol Old Vic, to deliver a series of free inclusive circus workshops for young integrated theatre groups in the Bristol area. This was our 10th and last Creative Exploration before the making of the new show What Am … Continued

Theatre Orchard, Weston-super-Mare

16th – 18th  October 2017 From 16th – 18th October 2017 we worked with the Theatre Orchard to bring a Creative Exploration residency to Weston-super-Mare. The residency took place at The Tropicana Weston venue as part of their Autumn / Winter season.

Theatre Orchard, Weston-super-Mare

16th – 18th  October 2017 From 16th – 18th October 2017 we worked with the Theatre Orchard to bring a Creative Exploration residency to Weston-super-Mare. The residency took place at The Tropicana Weston venue as part of their Autumn / Winter season.

Melbourne

A team of 15 Extraordinary Bodies joined an extraordinary company of artists at Circus Oz in Melbourne for a 7 day Creative Residency in December 2016. Asking ourselves #WhatAmIWorth? as a starting point this was a journey of discovery, experimentation and collaboration, and the first step in our new project, funded through Arts Council England‘s … Continued

Melbourne

A team of 15 Extraordinary Bodies joined an extraordinary company of artists at Circus Oz in Melbourne for a 7 day Creative Residency in December 2016. Asking ourselves #WhatAmIWorth? as a starting point this was a journey of discovery, experimentation and collaboration, and the first step in our new project, funded through Arts Council England‘s … Continued

Our Work

Extraordinary Bodies: Two female aerialists, one black with brown afro hair and the other visually impaired with red hair swing from the ceiling, their limbs flying in all directions as the dance on their aerial equipment.
What Am I Worth? – A new show for 2018
What Am I Worth? – A new show for 2018
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.
Weighting
Weighting
Dave Young sits in his wheelchair on stage, with green staging light bursting behind him. His arms are in the air and mouth wide open. The British Paraorchestra sit behind him playing instruments.
Extraordinary Bodies & The British Paraorchestra
Extraordinary Bodies & The British Paraorchestra
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