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'

(Audience Member)


'The soundscape and audio really enhanced the narrative and made it very clear alongside the stunning visuals.'

(Audience Member)

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

                      Elizabeth Wickham

                      Karina Jones

Understudy: Bronwyn Mead

Stage Manager & Sound Operator: Paul Standing​

Bird Nest Creator (Willow Artist): Rhys Davis

R&D Support: Rachel Freeman

                       Everybody Dance


Photos: Steve Eggleton


+44 121 643 0022

+44 7746 327284

West Midlands Circus & Creation Centre, Unit 8, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RT

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