Black Theatre Live

Extant

Britain's leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired people is led by Artistic Director and CEO Maria Oshodi. 

Extant has become an innovation in arts management and creative practice, bringing a unique cultural perspective of visual impairment to broaden employment, training and consultancy through the arts.

Extant is the opposite of extinct. Formed in 1997 Extant was the inspired name chosen by a group of professional visually impaired artists, for the emergence of a new dynamic space, intended to redress our invisibility as artists and explore new creative territories.

Since then Extant has:

  • Pioneered theatre practice with the express inclusion of visually impaired  performers and audiences
  • Produced ground-breaking national tours
  • Toured our theatre productions internationally
  • Produced tours of the UK by international visually impaired artists
  • Led arts consultancies, seminars and research in access and technology;
  • Designed outdoor site-specific multi-sensory productions
  • Delivered training in education, business and the arts.

Extant’s work pushes boundaries, is consultative and involves high production values.