Credit: Richard Battye

Aerial Theatre designed specifically for visually-impaired audiences, accessible to all, with free workshops and touch tours.

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.

Credit: Richard Battye

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.

RoguePlay is a highly physical theatre company, creating narrative theatre using aerial and ground based circus, dance, physical theatre and acrobatics. Producing work both indoor and out,

RoguePlay develop touring productions, commissioned pieces, and small to medium scale resident shows. RoguePlay have an impressive seven year history of national touring shows and commissions, working with companies such as Nofit State, Panasonic and Gravity & Levity.

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.

Credit: Richard Battye

Listings Information
Venue: C south, venue 58, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Dates: 18-28 Aug
Time: 12:30 and at 16:30 daily (performance duration 35 mins, performance and workshop
1hr30) (0h35)
Ticket Prices: £9.50-£11.50 / concessions £7.50-£9.50 / children £5.50-£7.50
C venues box office 0845 260 1234 / www.CtheFestival.com
Fringe box office 0131 226 0000 / www.edfringe.com

More information about RoguePlay can be found at www.rogueplay.co.uk.

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