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Residency at Theatre Royal Plymouth


We’ve rounded off 2023 with a bang – a collaborative, week-long, aerial skills residency at Theatre Royal Plymouth.


Artists and practitioners from Diverse City, Extraordinary Bodies, Cirque Bijou and Plymouth-based Far Flung Dance Theatre company provided the inclusive expertise to get participants up in the air. The whole experience was utterly magical!

Participants came from all over the UK for a taste of life in the air. Some from Theatre Royal Plymouth’s own inclusive groups Funky Llama and Our Space, as well as members of our own Unexpected Leaders programme.

Harry Bassett, a white man in his early twenties, sits on a trapeze.
Harry Bassett, a former Unexpected Leader, enjoying himself. © Lucy Hirst Photography

The occasion had another layer of celebration to it, as it also gave us an opportunity to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of our friendship and partnership with Theatre Royal Plymouth. TRP have been constant supporters of our work and steadfast believers in inclusion and equity in the theatre. Thank you to the whole team there – here’s to the next decade!

Participants who attended the workshop said:

I’m still processing all the beautifulness of my residency at TR2 with @diverse_city @extraordinary_bodies & @cirquebijou 🥰. [There is] so much to say but the biggest takeaway was how truly wonderful, funny, supportive, HUGELY talented & [expletive] lush our disabled community is! [I am] incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to learn, create, collaborate, dance, sing and laugh with these gorgeous beans 🤗

– Laura Cantliff, dancer, disability activist and participant in our skills residency.


Had an amazing week last week in Plymouth with @diverse_city @extraordinary_bodies @cirquebijou and the other companies. I honestly never thought I’d be able to hang in air in my chair, especially my electric chair. And thank you to everyone there for making my 21st birthday so special and one I’m going to remember for a long time!

– Sam Jamil, actor, writer, theatre-maker and participant in our skills residency.

The occasion was so successful that we feel sure there will be an appetite to do another next year. Many of our participants displayed an aptitude for aerial, and it would be a delight to help them develop those skills!

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