This is a free unticketed event
SATURDAY 21ST & SUNDAY 22ND JULY; Times TBC
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.
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 throughout 2018 onwards, both nationally and internationally.
The workshop reflect the openness and inclusivity of the performance, and are available in aerial, harness and just simply talking to a performer. Choices are given to all audience members, without separation, and allow you to experience it how you choose. The workshops are both drop in and bookable, if the idea of waiting for an indeterminate period of time is problematic or frightening. We are skilled at working with all kinds of disabilities including deaf and visually impaired and wheelchair users.