Weighting celebrates risk-taking, transformation and asks when is the right time to let go? It combines circus, theatre and live music to tell the story of an extraordinary family. The outdoor show was created in 2013, and was redeveloped in 2015 with support from Arts Council England.
The show was written by Hattie Naylor. The cast included seven extraordinary disabled and non-disabled circus and theatre artists who take to the air on a huge transformative set. A five-piece band, playing an original score, accompanied the piece along with a captivating BSL interpreter and dulcet-toned audio describer. The show’s memorable finale included a massed, integrated local community choir, singing and signing together.
We toured to five 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 along with a invitation to support Extraordinary Bodies with a suggested donation.
Alongside the live show, we run a groundbreaking integrated and inclusive participatory programme called Sings, Leads & Plays, inviting everyone to experience, enjoy and learn first-hand about artistic integration. In 2014-16 this was funded through Diverse City’s Clore Duffield 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, Weighting, Southwark May 2015
Photos by Richard Davenport and Rachel Lambert
Thank you to Southwark Council, City Arts, Appetite, Left Coast Blackpool and Fleetwood, Exeter City Council, Bristol City Council, Circus Space and Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre for their support.