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Blind performers take on aerial silks in show inspired by Japanese storytelling

Extant and Yellow Earth Theatre presents UK tour of ‘Flight Paths’ written by Glen Neath, co-directed by Maria Oshodi & Kumiko Mendl.

Two of Britain’s leading theatre companies, Extant and Yellow Earth have joined forces to present an ambitious exciting new play called ‘Flight Paths’. The production will tour the UK coming to The Lowry Wed 13 February.

‘Flight Paths’ features four blind performers and is inspired by the tradition of the Japanese Goze – where blind female performers travelled around medieval Japan making a living from telling epic tales.

Moving between tradition and modernity the blind performers weave together personal stories of themselves as artists from Japan, Nigeria, USA and Australia.

‘Flight Paths’ is a multi-media, story-telling circus production that combines aerial, music, narrative and creative audio description that uses new sound technology.

Extant are proud to be the first theatre company to integrate access into aerial silk performance. Flight Paths will showcase outstanding aerial and physical theatre.

Glen Neath is an award winning novelist and theatre maker whose work has been staged throughout the UK, on BBC Radio 4 and internationally. His work includes ‘Séance’ (2016), ‘The Arabian Nights’ (2015) and ‘The Long Count’ (2012).

‘Flight Paths’ brings together two pioneering theatre companies. Founded in 1997 by Artistic Director Maria Oshodi, Extant is the leading performing arts company and charity in the UK managed for and by visually impaired professional arts practitioners.

The company won the annual Arts and Business Award and Maria Oshodi was hailed as one of the Cultural Leadership Programme’s ‘Women to Watch.’

Yellow Earth Theatre was formed in 1995 by five British East Asian (BEA) actors: Kwong Loke, Kumiko Mendl, Veronica Needa, David KS Tse and Tom Wu.

Kumiko Mendl became Artistic Director in 2011 and set out to engage audiences in participatory and immersive work in new spaces with an ambition to produce fresh, vibrant work that reflects the British East Asian experience.

Vicki Amedume, Artistic Director of Upswing has worked on the movement and aerial performances for this production.

Listings Information
Flight Paths
Dates: Wed 13 February
Times: 8pm
Tickets: £14. Concessions £2 off.