Taking Flight Theatre

peeling by Kaite O’Reilly

The Welfare in Ystradgynlais

Wednesday 2nd October,  7.30pm

This is the last chance to see this production in Wales before it continues on it’s tour to England.

Following its first performances in 2002, Kaite O’Reilly’s peeling was hailed as a game-changer; a landmark play that unashamedly puts d/Deaf and disabled people centre stage with wit, intelligence and conviction. Fast forward seventeen years and award-winning theatre company Taking Flight are bringing the play back to British stages in a production that received rave reviews during its tour of Wales earlier this year.

With live audio description, interwoven British Sign Language, and captions, access is at the very heart of this play, and is central to all of Taking Flight’s productions.  

Fiercely clever and uncompromising” **** The Guardian


Engaged to play the chorus in an epic production of Greek tragedy The Trojan Women, three performers await their brief moment in the spotlight. Alfa, Beaty and Coral wait… wait while every night the action plays out elsewhere.

peeling features an extraordinary cast of D/deaf and disabled women who are unapologetic in their views and provocations. This production is brought to life on stage by actors Bea Webster, Stephanie Lacey, Ruth Curtis and  actress and interpreter Erin Hutching as Zoe, the stage manager who tries to keep Alfa, Beaty and Coral in line whilst also integrating BSL interpretation into the action. 

Often blisteringly funny, at times almost unbearably painful; peeling takes us backstage into a world of secrets, a world where these fierce, astute and capable women are always the chorus and never the lead.

This play contains adult themes and is not recommended for under 14s.

You can find the audio flyer for peeling here and book your tickets online at the theatre’s website  or from 01639 843163 The show is 90mins long.

Exciting news from Taking Flight Theatre Company

We’re opening a Youth Theatre for young D/deaf & Hard of Hearing people  Autumn 2019 in Cardiff!





                                                                            For 4 years we have been dreaming of a Deaf lead youth theatre specifically for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing young people in Wales. London has one… why not Cardiff? Some of you might remember that we ran a couple of week long summer schools back in 2015 during which we met some wonderfully inspiring young people (one of whom now works for ITV no less!)

2 years ago we began the long process of applying for funding. And now we’re here to announce to the world… to shout- and sign- from the rooftops that we’ve made it. BBC Children in Need have approved our application to run a youth theatre in Cardiff for 3 years.

The Youth Theatre- yet to be named- will run out of The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, and we want to say a massive diolch to them for supporting this project.

There will be 3 age groups: 4-7, 8-11 and 12-18 so little ones won’t have to wait long until they can join!
All the groups will be lead by a Deaf facilitator and sessions will run in BSL and English, with interpreters present too.

Throughout the 3 years, there will be bags of opportunities for young people to perform, to share what they’ve learnt, to get involved in the non performing aspects of theatre production, to grow in confidence and to be inspired. At least once a year we’ll be organising trips to see the very best in Deaf lead theatre and performance. We’ll also be bringing in inspiring Deaf creatives and theatre practitioners to work with our young groups on specific skills. We just cannot wait to be doing all these things, and for our Deaf leaders to be inspiring the #DeafTalent of the future.

So what does this mean to you?

Perhaps you know of a D/deaf or Hard of Hearing young person who would like to join. If you do, drop me an email on
[email protected] 
and we can make sure they know when we open in the Autumn. If they’re currently too young, let us know anyway and we can put them on the waiting list.

Perhaps you’re over 18 and would like to volunteer. If this is the case, also drop me a line and we can discuss this in more detail. We’re especially keen to hear from potential volunteers who have some BSL skills.

Keep an eye out on our website and social media too as we’ll be recruiting very soon for a Deaf leader and an assistant facilitator. Could either of these roles be you?

Perhaps you’re a Deaf arts professional who has a skill you’d like to share with our groups.

And look out as we’ll be inviting people to our sharings once the youth theatres start creating.

In the meantime, we’ve applied to be part of the Christmas Big Give to raise further funds to support the Youth Theatre. If you think you could be one of our start off big pledgers (rather than a donor during Big Give Week) let us know and we can send you a pledge form. We need to raise £1250 by the 30th August in pledges to be part of the week.


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Taking Flight Theatre Company

You’ve Got Dragons

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, SA2 8PZ

Wednesday 7 November 4.30pm

Based on the book by Kathryn Cave, ‘You’ve Got Dragons’ – a tale that aims to allay childhood fears – has been adapted into a touching and humorous play. What can a young child with a bad case of the dragons do?

“I am so glad I took three of my children to see ‘You’ve Got Dragons’ […]. Little did I know the profound effect it would have on us!” Catrin (Mum of 4)
Age 3-15 | Running time: 55mins.

To book tickets please go here

OR Contact Taliesin Box Office/ticketing enquiries: 01792 60 20 60 [email protected]

Taliesin Arts Centre
Swansea University 
Singleton Park

Breaking Out of the Box 4

Breaking Out of the Box 4: Wales – a Diverse Arts Scene?

Friday 16 February 2018 / Dydd Gwener 16 Chwefror 2018, Theatr Clwyd, 09:15 – 16:15

Book Now / Archebwch Nawr: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/450671

Registration at 9:00AM
From 9:30AM to 4:15PM
Place Price: £15.00 – £40.00

This access symposium is hosted in partnership between Taking Flight Theatre Company, hynt and Theatr Clwyd. The event will bring together theatres, arts centres, performers, producers, companies and other creative professionals working across the performing arts to discuss how the arts scene in Wales can become more accessible and diverse.

As well as an opening statement from Phil George, Chair of the Arts Council of Wales the symposium will feature a number of key note speakers who will give a presentation and put forward a  provocation. Following each speaker there will be an open space where further questions can be debated in smaller break out groups. There will also be sessions on accessible marketing materials  (tactile model boxes and audio / BSL flyers) and Running an Accessible Rehearsal Room.

Dianc o’r Bocs 4: Yw’r celfyddydau yng Nghymru yn amrywiol?

Bydd y symposiwm mynediad hwn yn cael ei gynnal mewn partneriaeth rhwng Cwmni Theatr Taking Flight, Hynt a Theatr Clwyd. Bydd y digwyddiad yn croesawu theatrau, canolfannau celfyddydol, perfformwyr, cynhyrchwyr, cwmnïau a gweithwyr proffesiynol creadigol eraill sy’n gweithio ar draws y celfyddydau perfformio er mwyn trafod sut y gall y celfyddydau yng Nghymru ddod yn fwy hygyrch.

Bydd nifer o brif siaradwyr yn cymryd rhan yn y symposiwm. Bydd y siaradwyr yn gwneud cyflwyniad ac yn cynnig nifer o bynciau trafod. Yn dilyn pob siaradwr bydd cyfle i drafod cwestiynau pellach mewn grwpiau llai. Bydd sesiwn hefyd ar ddeunyddiau marchnata hygyrch megis blychau model cyffyrddol a deunydd sain / BSL.


Speakers and their provocations:

Michele Taylor (Director for Change at Ramps on the Moon): “seriously, are we still talking about this”

Jamie Beddard (Diverse City): “Placing people as “other” becomes an excuse for inertia; we are afraid of getting it wrong or offending. Diversity becomes rocket science, and we let ourselves off the hook. Any action is isolated, policy-based and often ineffective, rather than part of a holistic approach around making art (the exciting bit!). New stories, perspectives and imagining, should be the lifeblood of the arts. Therefore, those previously marginalised on unheard are in the box seats to deliver.”

Dr Emily Garside (writer and researcher): “A lack of diversity in Welsh arts is driving talent away from the country and severely limiting the work we make. But is this lack of diversity part of an underlying issue in Wales where the arts, and access to the arts, is controlled by a narrow inward looking group afraid of change?”

Jafar Iqbal (writeofcentre): “If gatekeepers really want to solve the problem of access for people in Wales, then opening the gate with a friendly smile isn’t enough. They need to throw us the keys and trust we won’t break the china.”

How to book:


The ticket price includes lunch, teas and coffees. There is a reduced rate for individuals.

Please contact Megan with any questions on 01446 401744 or [email protected].

Taking Flight Theatre

AVIVA Community Fund

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

by Matthew Bulgo

Vote Now

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] marking the subject bar The Tempest.  Please send a CV, headshot and cover email explaining why you are interested in working with Taking Flight.