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
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.
"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
— 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
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Maria Oshodi and Kumiko Mendl
Amelia Cavallo and Sarah Houbolt with Takashi Kikuchi and Victoria Oruwari
Aerial and movement
Thor McIntyre-Burnie and Owen Crouch
Harlow Playhouse Theatre
Tuesday 5 February, 7.30 pm
Playhouse Square, The High, Harlow CM20 1LS
Box office: 01279-431945
Pay what you can
Touch tour: Tuesday 5 February, 6 - 6:30 pm
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)
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
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
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
Tuesday 19 February* and Wednesday 20 February, 7.45 pm
60 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB
Box office: 0116 242 3595
Tickets from £10
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
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)
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
Tuesday 5 March, 7.30 pm
Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SE
Box office: 01902 321 321
Tickets £12 (£10 concessions)
Touch tour: Tuesday 5 March, 6 - 6:30 pm
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