You’ve Got Dragons
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!