Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists

Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists (EBYA) is an integrated theatre company for 16-30s in the Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset area.

With us, you can develop your talents and receive training and mentorship from incredible professional artists with skills in theatre, music, dance and aerial circus.

Together we create ambitious and challenging work which we perform across the UK. EBYA exists to support young artists at the start of their careers and bursary places are available. 

You can receive Arts Award certification with us and we’re proud to say that our alumni have moved on to NCCARADA and Bird College Conservatoire for Dance and Musical Theatre. We also have successfully supported applications for opportunities with National Youth Theatre and Graeae Theatre, as well as for Arts Council grants for Individual Artist Development.

We usually meet on Thursday evenings at The Lighthouse in Poole. At the moment, we are meeting remotely via Zoom due to the pandemic, but we are regularly reviewing this.

A group of young disabled and non-disabled people grouped together in the centre of a dimly lit stage. They are all sitting or bending their bodies towards the ground, holding onto each other.

What’s happening in 2020?

After premiering our new show Till We Win in 2019, we planned a Summer tour in 2020. We were going to perform at Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival, Brighton Fringe and The Rep’s For/With/By. Even though we didn’t make it to the festivals due to the pandemic, we really hope we can bring Till We Win to all three events in 2021.

In the meantime, we are keeping busy! In the summer, we created a music video called “This Town Of Ours” in collaboration with Biggerhouse Film and Harry Basset, which came out in September 2020:

Click here for the audio described version

In 2021, we will be creating digital content around Till We Win and also hopefully touring the show at Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival, Brighton Fringe and The Rep’s For/With/By.

We’re looking for new recruits!

If you’d like to join the company, then please email Eilís Bevan-Davis, our Artistic Director, at: eilis@diversecity.org.uk.
Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists is led by Diverse City and Cirque Bijou, who run Extraordinary Bodies together.

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Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists is supported using public funding by National Lottery and Arts Council England.

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Photos © Will Clarke, Dom Moore.