BOOKING SPRING & SUMMER 2020 & 2021
Suitable for family friendly outdoor festivals, Taking Flight is designed for visually impaired and family audiences and tackles environmental issues.
Sitting inside a huge bird's nest and using aerial silk, rope and counterweighting, Taking Flight follows the magical journey of two friends and a bird across land and sea.
'A beautiful show accessible to everyone'
'The soundscape and audio really enhanced the narrative and made it very clear alongside the stunning visuals.'
Working with a visually impaired aerialist, sound designer and performance poet, RoguePlay have tackled the accessibility issue of circus with their new show Taking Flight. Finding a language of poetic audio description with an aurally stimulating soundscape, combined with touch tours and pre-show audio describe, Taking Flight is a 25-minute family friendly piece of outdoor aerial theatre open and accessible to all.
The integral soundscape captures the excitement and narrative of circus for those visually impaired in the audience, without the need for headsets, whilst mesmerising sighted audiences and opening the visual and colourful world to those with learning difficulties. Performances are followed by fully accessible participatory workshops and are preceded with touch tours open to all.
RoguePlay have been developing an accessibility strategy and Taking Flight will be the first show to emerge from this process. The work is co-commissioned by Deda Offsite and Birmingham Hippodrome, and funded by Arts Council England. The piece is now tour ready and we are seeking tour bookings 2019 & 2020, both nationally and internationally.
For booking, technical information and press enquiries please call
0121 643 0022 / 07746 327284
Director & Aerial Choreographer: Kim Charnock
Sound Designer: Jamie Adams
Audio Description: Lorna Meehan
Current Cast: Sarah Hattee
Understudy: Bronwyn Mead
Stage Manager & Sound Operator: Paul Standing
Bird Nest Creator (Willow Artist): Rhys Davis
R&D Support: Rachel Freeman
Photos: Steve Eggleton