Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists

Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists is a flagship training performing arts company for disabled and non-disabled 16 to 30-year-olds. The Dorset- based company creates ambitious, experimental and thought-provoking work, which they perform across the UK. Alumni have moved on to companies like the National Centre for Circus ArtsRoyal Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Bird College Conservatoire for Dance and Musical Theatre.

After premiering their new show Till We Win in 2019 and working virtually in 2020, the company are now working in real life and performing again. This summer, they brought Till We Win to The Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s For/With/By festival on the 28th of July. They also performed the show at Lighthouse Poole on the 18th of September, in tandem with Extraordinary Bodies’ show, Human. Their next show is scheduled for May 2022 at Brighton Fringe.

About Till We Win

In a sleepy rural town, a group of young outsiders live under a dark cloud. However, they are determined not to allow its shadow to destroy the things they love. Till We Win is the story of their revolution. This devised performance from Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists combines anarchic theatre, circus, dance and original music. It tells the story of people whose voices are often not heard making a big change to save the place they love.

Writer: Gemma Alldred and company
Director: Eilis Bevan-Davis
Circus Director: Flora Alwen
Producer: Alice Chutter
Musical Director & Composer: Harry Bassett
Mixing Engineer & Music Advisor: Ben Jones
Technical Manager: Rowan Woodhouse
Designer: Sophie Fretwell
Digital Collaborator: biggerhouse film
Musicians: Keys and vocals by Harry Bassett, Strings by Roland Palmer, Guitar and Vocals by Kira Procter, Woodwind by Oleg Zaremskyi and Vocals by Megan Abbott

Join Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists

Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists members get to:

Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists meet on Thursday evenings at Lighthouse in Poole, or virtually on Zoom depending on government guidelines. If you would like to join Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists, please email Artistic Director Eilís Bevan-Davis:

Click here to email us about joining the company 

Current members

Joshua Ward
Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists Member

Joshua Ward

Kira Procter
Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists Member

Kira Procter

Shane Masterman
Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists Member

Shane Masterman

Emily Cutler
Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists Member

Emily Cutler

Clarissa Hustler
Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists Member

Clarissa Hustler

Luke Davies
Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists Member

Luke Davies

Jessica Skelton
Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists Member

Jessica Skelton

Harry Bassett
Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists Creative Team Member & Freelance Artist

Harry Bassett

Joseph Lopez
Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists Member

Joseph Lopez

Alice Saunders
Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists Member

Alice Saunders

Hattie Alwen
Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists Member

Hattie Alwen

Alumni

Dave Young
Alumni

Dave Young

Dave is a writer, theatre-maker, workshop facilitator and board member for Diverse City, and winner of the Alan Martin Award for his Contribution to Creative Arts, leading writing workshops at the 1Voice annual conferences for communication aid users. He is a commissioned artist who regularly performs poetry as well as designing and creating poetry inspired art installations at festivals across the south west, including Inside Out Dorset and Funky Llama Festival, Plymouth Theatre Royal. Dave is currently working as librettist for the ‘Planted Symphony’ project with Drake Music.

Dave’s first scripted theatre show ‘Grow Up and Just Love Chocolate’ received Arts Council England Funding for a team of crew, actors, set and sound design, and debuted at Salisbury Playhouse as part of Fest West 2019 and went on to a repeat performance at Lighthouse, Poole. Dave plans to return to working on the show with a producer in the near future and book further performances at venues across the UK.

Dave’s creative career began through attending The Remix, through which Dave performed in Breathe at the opening of the Olympics in Weymouth and travelled to Brazil to work with disability dance groups. Dave also performed his poetry at the opening of the Paralympic games as part of the ‘Seen but Seldom Heard’ project.

Beth Alsbury
Alumni

Beth Alsbury

I’m Beth, I’m from Frome in Somerset. I started working with Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists after participating in an Extraordinary Bodies creative explorations workshop in October 2017. I stayed with the youth company until August 2018 when I had to leave for university.
I fell in love with aerial circus, particularly static trapeze, and enjoyed challenging myself with new creative ways to use my body. I am currently studying BA Hons in Acting at RADA.
Rachel Oram
Alumni

Rachel Oram

Freya Garner

Freya Garner

Hugo Lucas-Rowe
Alumni

Hugo Lucas-Rowe

Rebecca Gear
Alumni

Rebecca Gear

Becca joined the EBYA family in 2015 and began her circus journey, creating ensemble work that included theatre, movement and aerial. She also got the opportunity to travel to Bosnia with EBYA and teach her skills to others, along the way learning many new ones, such as parkour. Thanks to EBYA, she is now a National Centre for Circus Arts graduate in dance trapeze. She also has a love for acrobatics, handstands, movement and much more.

Anthony Pereira
Alumni

Anthony Pereira