Flight is an international theatre company. We are rooted in Suffolk but we perform all over.
We are makers of experimental original theatre and performance. Our work is personal, political and experimental – deconstructing narratives to reveal the human element in every situation. We focus on exploring the unseen; the unwritten bits, the lesser explored perspectives, the ugly and unpolished. Our shows are a mash up of dark comedy and absurd surrealism, of physical and visual theatricality and stripped back intimacy.
Our vision is to question systematic structures, the political status quo and to make theatre that is provocative but heartfelt, accessible and entertaining. We believe that theatre and performance is a significant tool for individual and social nourishment, and we aim to captivate audiences with stories which ignite compassion, evoke empathy and demand conversation.
Flight is female led company, with a focus of bringing female narratives to the fore. We have a drive towards working in an intimate scenario with a focus on untold stories. We are interested in the universality of experience, especially of women all over the world. Our projects are always human led and we have a deep passion towards listening and enacting and working with stories.
We work with text, devise and adapt often drawing on the personal and autobiographical as a method of work. Collaboration is at the heart of our practice.
We continue to develop artistically and expand our networks so we can interact with as many different communities in the UK and abroad. We are associated and have performed at The Cut, The Roundhouse, Jacksons Lane, Cambridge Junction and The Garage in the UK and Sophiensaele, Ballhaus Ost, English Theatre Berlin and Cammerspiel Leipzig in Germany. Our work has been seen in the UK, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Czech Republic and Spain and programmed in festivals including Kana, Pulse, Prague Fringe, Summerhall Edinburgh Fringe, Faki and 100˚.
We collaborate with a range of creatives, performers, makers and participants. We rely on the bodies, brains, energies and creativity of these people to develop our work, to inspire us and expand our practice. Our work only works because of them.
Some of the brilliantly talented people we've worked with include Carolina Ortega (co-director until 2018), Carolina Valdes, Jenni Jackson, Angela Clerkin, Jessica Murrain, Dallas Fields, Gareth McGonaghie, Kate Sagovsky, Caroline Horton, Clemence Caillouel, Patricia Rodriguez, Gozde Atalay, Hugo Reis, Eva Nalbach, Luigi, Mateuz Fafinski, Jenny Eyer, Demi Nandhra, Hasan Dixon, Vincent Manna, Seda Yildiz, Paul Engers, Joe Wild, Suzy Momoko Hingley, Adam Lenson, Cate Blanchard, Joe Brett, Francis Woolf, Mairi Hayes, Filippo Romano, Leonardo Gonzalez, Adam Welsh, Sherry Coenen, Hannah Smith, George Orange Fuller, Maddy McGowen, Antonio Harris, Max Perryment, Flora Herberich, Laura Moy, Sage Bachtler Cushman, Anna Sandreuter, Bart Soroczynski, Ed Richards, Lara Davidson, Shaena Bradel, Josh Lucas, Jana Korb, Petra Lang, Gabriella Schwab, Marieke Heenemann, Juan Migama, Sophie Tetlow, Robin Thomson and Alexandra Wolf.
Flight of the Escales... what does that mean...?
Yeah, so uh, it's a made up word... it comes from a previous incarnation of the company called 'Escalier' (meaning 'stairs' in French). So it's sort of Flight of Stairs but people often think of fish scales, birds or airplanes - we tend to go by FLIGHT these days - which we like as it has air and offers a different perspective - but if you search Flight Company it can get confusing...