The Curious Case of Aberlliw
Lockdown has been, at best, a long hard slog for everyone. We've had no access to the things we love- restaurants, cafes, museums… and of course theatre and family events. If you're a family with a Deaf, blind or disabled member, this has been even more challenging a time, with increased anxiety, longer periods stuck at home and lack of access on digital content (eg no captions, BSL or audio description for online family resources)
We know from talking to our Deaf Youth Theatre members that times have been really tough. From what we're hearing, Deaf children have found it harder to feel informed about key world events, harder to feel "part of the world" and much more difficult to maintain friendships & "out of the home" relationships and support networks. Many of our children have been feeling negative, sad and alone, and missing participating in all the things they love. They are certainly not the only ones feeling like this.
Together, we can do something to tackle this!
At Taking Flight, we've been working tirelessly over the last 14 months on developing accessible digital theatre experiences… and we don't want to throw away everything we've learnt as we emerge like butterflies back into the sunlight.
Teaming up with our friends at LASTheatre, we've come up with an amazing project to reintroduce accessible family theatre. We want to get families- including those families who have access requirements- back enjoying theatre together but we need to keep them- and our Deaf, disabled & non disabled performers, safe.
Taking Flight Theatre and LAS Theatre… and the Dept of Strange Events will present to you…
The Curious Case of Aberlliw
With Carmarthenshire Theatres and Awen Cultural Trust, we will be hosting a series of outdoor family adventures in British Sign Language, English and Welsh. The outdoor challenge will be led via an app (built on ActionBound), teamed with live Zoom performances by our Deaf, disabled & hearing performers- ensuring they can stay safe at home.
Families will be given their own starting point and time slot in their local area (depending on which venue they go through) meaning they can stay in their own bubble. Any items they come into contact with during the challenge will be cleaned between groups by our on site Stage Manager.
With your help, diverse families will be able to access this fun, challenging adventure together in the language of their choice (BSL, English, Welsh). There'll be embedded Audio Description and all trails will be wheelchair accessible. The adventure will be guided and augmented by our specially built app. Audiences will be therefore be able to participate in a theatrical event in a COVID- safe environment, which will be of enormous benefit to families who still feel anxious about the risks coronavirus presents. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/takingflightco/the-curious-case-of-aberlliw-accessible-family-adventures?ref=user_menu