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.

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

Taliesin Arts Centre
Swansea University 
Singleton Park

Taking Flight Theatre

You’ve Got Dragons

Taking flight -Taking Flight urgently needs the help of loyal friends and supporters to continue their inclusive project with families & very young children exploring Mental Health. You’ve Got Dragons is aimed at families with children as young as 3, with a particular focus on families with a D/deaf, Hard of Hearing, blind or Visually Impaired member.

The company deliberated for a long time as to whether to ask their supporters to get behind a campaign like this once again. However, they have been invited to share the You’ve Got Dragons project in the Republic of Ireland, new venues in Wales and England and with a greater numbers of parents, families and services. Children themselves are asking us to continue this important project.

You’ve Got Dragons is a show aimed at families with very young children. It’s based on the book by Kathryn Cave, illustrated by Nick Maland. In our dramatized version, the young audiences follow the story of Ben as she journeys to come to terms with the dragons that have been disrupting her life for some time. The show explores the issue of anxiety and mental ill health, raising questions we hear from young people all the time, such as “Am I the only one?”, “Did I do something wrong to deserve this?”, “Is there something wrong with me?” and “Will this ever go away?

Alongside the show, we have been offering free Dragon Taming workshops in many venues- sessions exploring practical ways to deal with anxiety and stress for families with very young children. The workshops are designed for families to attend together. They’re fun, accessible and at the end, participants have a number of techniques they can use when things get tough. We worked with Deaf clinical psychologist Dr Sara Rhys Jones as well as mental health practitioner Martin Gossage to plan these workshops and they have, thus far, been funded by The Foyle Foundation and Big Lottery Awards for All.  Now we need your help to raise funds to continue this important work. Here’s a taster of what people have been saying:


“Sadly we do not equip young people with the tools to cope so the production is not merely heartwarming entertainment but actually vital for encouraging emotional coping. My youngest daughter has Autism and really identified with the theme of finding everyday things challenging. In this sense anxiety probably is the biggest of all conditions to overcome and sadly from both personal and professional experience, services are just so lacking. I think the 2 hours my daughter spent watching the show (and participating in the workshop) has helped her more than the NHS.”Audience member & workshop participant 2018

Of course, as well as dealing with mental health, You’ve Got Dragons is a trademark Taking Flight show involving a professional inclusive cast of D/deaf, disabled and non- disabled performers. The performance has integrated British Sign Language, Creative Captions and age appropriate Audio Description. It comes with loads of accessible activities and materials such as always available Acclimatisation Tours, a scaled down, tactile version of the set which lives in theatre foyers, audio and tactile foyer materials including clips of the actors’ voices to support familiarisation and free inclusive craft activities.

Please check out the Kickstarter campaign we’ve launched. There are loads of great rewards to be had and even if you can only donate £5 or even just help by sharing and getting the word out on social media we will be so grateful to know that you are behind us!

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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