Taking Flight Theatre

AVIVA Community Fund

Taking flight -7 days left to vote for Real Human Being

by Matthew Bulgo

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In just 7 days, voting for the Aviva Community Fund will close. We desperately need your votes to help us re tour our amazingly impactful project, Real Human Being. This project works with young people in and out of school settings, over the course of a whole day and allows them to interact with the team in character and explore what motivates hate crime, what it is and how to report it. Most importantly, they have the chance to test out their own methods for dealing with bullying behaviour in a safe environment, by taking on the role of either the “victim” or the “bystander”. This is an incredibly empowering process and supports young people who may be being bullies, as well as encouraging participants to think about their own behaviours. A headteacher in a pupil referral unit in Powys told us ” One of our pupils, amazingly, identified herself completely with Cat (the perpetrator) and seriously challenged and questioned her own bullying behaviour for the first time that we have seen.” One young audience member said “This play made me realise I am not the only one getting bullied and I am not the only one that is sad and lonely. This play has helped me… stand up to the bullies. I hope it can help others that need it.” Please help us get this project out on the road again. If we were able to access this money from Aviva, we would like to start by touring Rhondda Cynon Taf where hate crime is at it’s highest level in Wales. We’d then use the opportunity to gather new evidence and support to make a large 3 year application to continue the project long- term.

Taking Flight Theatre Company

Chapter Arts Centre

CardiffWales CF5 1QE

Taking Flight Theatre Company

The Tempest

Taking Flight Theatre are back, this time with their unique take on Shakepeare’s The Tempest.

Join the Magic Staff Liner Corporation and indulge yourself with a jaunt on the newest addition to their fleet – their number one luxury ocean liner, The Remembrance. Let their crew take care of your every worry, your every woe on their 10 year anniversary cruise to The Island that Time Forgot.

Expect lots of laughs, physical comedy, live original music and most of all, expect the unexpected.

This production has live integrated BSL interpretation and audio description. Touch tours and BSL introductions are available by arrangement – please contact beth@takingflighttheatre.co.uk or on 07785 947823 to discuss this, or any other access requirement.

Don’t forget to wrap up, wear suitable footwear and bring waterproofs. If you wish to picnic, come early and eat before the show, thus avoiding greedy actors pinching your pickles!

The Tour runs  from June 8th – July 30th in beautiful venues across Wales and at the Bristol Shakespeare Festival in Blaise Castle.

For complete listings please visit – http://www.takingflighttheatre.co.uk/

Taking Flight Theatre

You’ve Got Dragons

Taking flight -On Tour from 23rd March – 28th May 2017

An accessible family show featuring live original music. BSL, integrated audio description and creative captioning.

Based on the book by Kathryn Cave in which the original illustrator was Nick Maland

“Dragons come when you least expect them, you turn round… and they’re there”

So what can a young child with a bad case of the dragons do?

An ideal family show and perfect for school or group bookings also. In many venues, there will be accessible craft activity before or after the show. Join us for lots of fun- and a few dragony surprises!

For more details of to speak about access requirements, please contact beth@takingflighttheatre.co.uk or call Beth on 07785 947823

Abertillery Met 23-24 March
Blackwood Miners Institute 28 March
Y Ffwrnes Llanelli 31 March
Barry Memo 4 April
Torch Theatre Milford Haven 12 April
Chapter Arts Cardiff 13-15 April
Wise Words Festival Canterbury 1 May
Newbridge Memo 20 May booking not yet open
Swansea Deaf Club 21 May TBC – contact Beth 07785 947823 for info
Park and Dare Treorchy 24 May
Theatr Brycheiniog Brecon 27 May
Mission Theatre Bath 28 May booking not yet open


Taking Flight Theatre Company in collaboration with Creu Cymru present

Breaking Out of the Box 3                                               

Taking flight -Hosted by Sherman Theatre
On 13th Feb 2017 10am – 5pm

Do you provide Audio Description at your venue but audience take up is low?

Are you interested in exploring creative ways to audio describe your work?

Are you unsure what other tools are available to effectively engage with blind and visually impaired audiences?

Join us for a day of exploration, discussion and debate and discover new ways to make your venue, company or production more accessible and inclusive.

Book your place by calling the Taking Flight office on 02920 230 020

Presentations include:

  •   Audio description on the cheap

Dr. Louise Fryer is a teaching fellow at University College London (UCL) and the author of: “An Introduction to Audio Description: A practical guide.” Louise will discuss ways of making your show accessible to blind audiences without blowing the budget.

  •  Ramps on the Moon – a catalyst for change

Jamie Beddard is  ‘Agent for Change’ at The New Wolsey and Co-Director of Diverse City. Jamie will explain more about RAMPS ON THE MOON – an initiative addressing the under-representation and employment of disabled people throughout our industry, particularly in “mainstream” theatre.  

  • A brief history of creating integrated access in experimental theatre by visually impaired practitioners

Maria Oshodi  is Artistic Director and CEO of Extant; Britain’s leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired people. 

  • Integrated or an add on? 

Elise Davison and Beth House, Artistic Director and Creative Producer at Taking Flight Theatre Company discuss their unique approach to audio description and accessible marketing.

  • Exploring tactile access materials

Robin Bray – Hurran is a freelance access materials maker.

Robin will explore practical approaches to theatre access, with a particular focus on tactile access materials.

  • An introduction to the Ucan GO app

Megan John and Mared Jarman are from Ucan Productions

The UCAN GO mobile app is an intuitive, reliable and simple to use tool that allows visitors to your building to easily find their way around. Aimed at your visually impaired patrons, but also usable by anyone, the UCAN GO app instantly and dramatically improves accessibility to your building.

Cost of event: Organisations £30/ Individuals £10

PAs for disabled participants FREE

Tea and coffee will be provided

Taking Flight Theatre Company

The Tempest

Taking flight -Actors Required

Actors M/F for an outdoor, promenade, accessible tour of Wales of The Tempest.  

Taking Flight are an award winning inclusive theatre company based in Cardiff, working with access at the heart of the creative process.   This production of The Tempest will push boundaries and requires actors who are not afraid of hard work or challenges both in the rehearsal room and on tour.  A good sense of humour and excellent work ethic are essential.    Also desirable (but not essential) are actors with the following skills: driving license and willingness to drive on tour, ability to play a portable musical instrument, a strong singing voice, good movement skills, touring experience, a base in South Wales. The tour is to some of the most beautiful venues in Wales, actors will need to be prepared for the vigour of touring outdoors – we perform whatever the weather and it does rain in Wales!

This is an ITC/Equity contract and Taking Flight are signed up to the ITC Ethical Managers contract and adhere to Equity’s Outdoor touring guidelines.  This tour is funded by Arts Council Wales

Overall dates are May – July/ August 2017 (exact dates tbc)

Deadline for applications 21st November 5pm

Auditions w/c 5th Dec or w/c 12th Dec

Taking Flight actively encourage applications from disabled, D/deaf and sensory impaired performers.

Please email submissions to elise@takingflighttheatre.co.uk marking the subject bar The Tempest.  Please send a CV, headshot and cover email explaining why you are interested in working with Taking Flight.