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By RoguePlay Theatre
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Stop for a moment and imagine what life would be like to be blind? How would you cope, what would you do and how would you continue to work in and enjoy the highly visual world of theatre and circus?

That’s what we, at Rogueplay Theatre, have done. Taking Flight explores the possibilities of inclusivity in theatre and has devised a show that is accessible to all by pushing the boundaries of storytelling, both visually and aurally.  

We believe the work being done here is not only original but could be revolutionary. In developing a new structure for theatre we have shown that not only can it be open to all but maintain a high level of art and professionalism that can be enjoyed by any audience.

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 aimed at visually impaired and disabled audiences.

Encompassing aerial silks and rope, counterweight dance harness and an airborne kayak, Taking Flight follows the journey of two friends, who in turn follow a bird across land and sea. The piece is accompanied by a soundscape of spoken word and music, capturing the excitement and narrative of circus for those visually impaired in the audience, without the need for headsets. Performances are followed by fully accessible participatory workshops and are preceded with touch tours open to all.

The company have been developing an accessibility strategy and Taking Flight will be the first show to emerge from this process. Taking Flight aims to engage with deaf, disabled and visually impaired audiences, and forms a professional development opportunity for a visual impaired aerialist. The creative process and strategic development has been supported by Deda Offsite and Birmingham Hippodrome.

Risks and challenges

We have a great team of performers and and all of our equipment packed in our reliable van ready to go! When we arrive we will be hosted by the lovely C Venues who are already looking after us. Our worry is that if we don't raise the funds needed, this project will be at finanicial risk but we are determined to bring 'Taking Flight' to Edinburgh so that anyone and everyone whether visually impaired, hearing impaired, disabled or not gets the opportunity to enjoy the full theatrical experience along with all other Fringe Patrons.

We are striving to break down the barriers of accessibility that may prevent our target audience from attending the show which is a risk we are not only willing to undertake but are committed to. Through our social media and marketing targeting we endevour to reach our audiences personally and make their whole experience as accessible as possible.

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