Extant and Yellow Earth present Flight Paths

View a short film of highlights from the show:

Project introduction:

For a free and accessible digital programme containing much more information about the production, its development, details on those involved and to tell us what you thought of the show please visit extant.org.uk/flightpaths/programme

Overview

The Goze were blind female storytellers and musicians who travelled the length and breadth of medieval Japan making a living from performing epic tales. In this production, two blind women take centre stage sometimes on aerial silks, sometimes with their feet firmly on the ground but always surrounded by voices, music, stories and ghosts.

From tradition to modernity they navigate the path of the migrant, weaving together personal stories of blind artists from Japan, Nigeria, the USA and Australia as they forge their careers as aerialists, viola player and soprano.

Flight Paths is the first ever co-production from Extant, the UK's leading theatre company of visually impaired people, and Yellow Earth, the UK's award-winning British East Asian theatre company. It brings together playwright Glen Neath (The Ring, Seance), movement specialist Vicki Amedume from Upswing, surround-sound technologist Tarim and filmmaker Terry Braun to deliver a dynamic and innovative piece of theatre.

 

REVIEWS

"satirical and moving; thought-provoking and exciting, this production is multi-cultural, multi-sensory and multi-layered"

— Disability Arts Online. Read the full review

"a show that has gentleness, kindness, humour [...] and honesty woven into its subtle tales"

— East Midlands Theatre. Read the full review

"richly emotional"

— British Theatre Guide. Read the full review

"engaging portrayal of a little-known area of Japanese cultural history"

— Everything Theatre. Read the full review

"And at a moment when the accessibility in theatre is undergoing fierce interrogation, it’s worth pointing out that Flight Paths demonstrates how easy it is to get it right with a little bit of care."

— Exeunt Magazine. Read the full review

"Extant and Yellow Earth Theatre have pulled off an ambitious feat, marrying acrobatics, partially sighted performers and Japanese culture."

— Japan Society. Read the full article

On Twitter:

  • ‘dynamic, innovative disabled-led co-production…expands artistic and access boundaries’ — @DaDaFest
  • ‘Terrific blend of theatre, music, narrative and creative audio description’ — @HENLEYDARREN
  • ‘push[es] the boundaries of #culture #disabilityarts & multi-media #theatre’ — @SavvyTheatre
  • ‘smart, funny, insightful & completely inclusive’ — @ashlie_nels
  • ‘Moving and revealing, beautifully mesmerising performances’ — @nfairington
  • ‘prepare to be blown away’ — @DasherGuidedog
  • ‘witty political poignant fusion of Japanese and Western stories… The opening is the best live AD I’ve heard/seen working for sighted and VIP audiences’ — @fingersmiths1
  • ‘had me gripped’ — @katieelston
  • ‘brilliant and beautiful’ — @CoraliDanceComp
  • ‘funny & wonderfully weird, a true exploration inside [Maria’s] head! Bold work’ — @AliKing151
  • ‘Intricate, revelatory, and – quietly but firmly – revolutionary’ — @BustingFree

See more on our Twitter moments page

 

CAST AND CREATIVES

Writer
Glen Neath

Co-directors
Maria Oshodi and Kumiko Mendl

Cast
Amelia Cavallo and Sarah Houbolt with Takashi Kikuchi and Victoria Oruwari

Aerial and movement
Victoria Amedume

Sound
Thor McIntyre-Burnie and Owen Crouch

Audio technologist
Tarim

Designer
Becky Minto

Projections
Terry Braun

Lighting
Nao Nagai

TOUR DATES AND FURTHER INFORMATION

Harlow Playhouse Theatre 
Tuesday 5 February, 7.30 pm
Playhouse Square, The High, Harlow CM20 1LS
Box office: 01279-431945
Pay what you can
playhouseharlow.ticketsolve.com

Touch tour: Tuesday 5 February, 6 - 6:30 pm

Stratford Circus 
Friday 8 February, 7 pm; Saturday 9 February, 2 pm and 7 pm*
Theatre Square, London E15 1BX
Box office: 020 8279 1080
Tickets £15 (£13 concessions)
stratford-circus.com

Touch tours: Friday 8 February, 5:30 - 6 pm; Saturday 9 February, 12:30 - 1 pm and 5:30 - 6 pm

*Post-show discussion: Saturday 9 February, 8:40 - 9 pm in the foyer

Theatr Clwyd 
Friday 15 February, 7.45 pm; Saturday 16 February, 2.45 pm and 7.45 pm*
Civic Centre, Mold CH7 1YA
Box office: 01352 701521
Tickets from £10
www.theatrclwyd.com

Touch tours: Friday 15 February, 6:15 - 6:45 pm; Saturday 16 February, 1:15 - 1:45 pm and 6:15 - 6:45 pm

*Post-show discussion: Saturday 16 February, 9:25 - 9:45 pm in the Hayden Reece Room

Curve Theatre
Tuesday 19 February* and Wednesday 20 February, 7.45 pm
60 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB
Box office: 0116 242 3595
Tickets from £10
www.curveonline.co.uk

Touch tours: Wednesday 19 February and Thursday 20 February, 6:15 - 6:45 pm

*Post-show discussion: Wednesday 19 February, 9:25 - 9:45 pm onstage 

The Albany 
Friday 1 March, 7.30 pm; Saturday 2 March, 2 pm & 7.30 pm
Albany Centre & Theatre, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG
Box office: 020 8692 4446
Tickets £14 (£10 concessions)
www.thealbany.org.uk

Touch tours: Friday 1 March, 6 - 6:30 pm; Saturday 2 March, 12:30 - 1 pm and 6 - 6:30 pm

*Post-show discussion: Friday 1 March, 9:10 - 9:30 pm onstage

Arena Theatre
Tuesday 5 March, 7.30 pm
Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SE
Box office: 01902 321 321
Tickets £12 (£10 concessions)
wlv.ticketsolve.com

Touch tour: Tuesday 5 March, 6 - 6:30 pm

For more information on our collaborators you can visit their websites:

Glen Neath

Yellow Earth Theatre

Vicki Amedume: Upswing