Elise Davison's Blog (23)

Casting - You've got Dragons - UK tour

Taking Flight Theatre Company are seeking a female actor to play the role of Ben in their UK tour of 'You've Got Dragons' based on the book by Kathryn Cave.  The production features a cast of D/deaf and hearing actors and is a family production  which gently explores the issues of mental well-being in young children. It features live music, integrated British Sign Language, live audio description and creative captions.

We are looking for an actor to play a young girl who is trying to…


Added by Elise Davison on February 17, 2019 at 20:30 — No Comments

Who let you in here? Taking Flight Theatre Company present a clowning residency with John Wright

Who let you in here?

Clowning is empowering. Contrary to popular opinion, Clowning isn't about finding a character and it isn't about wit or cleverness either, being a clown is the direct opposite of being a stand up comedian. Clowning was originally a form of street  entertainment. 

Clowning is about playfulness. In fact clowning is the key to playfulness because clowning is about being laughed at. It’s the art of exploiting your own stupidity…


Added by Elise Davison on November 1, 2016 at 23:04 — No Comments

Taking Flight Theatre - casting call for Autumn Tour 2015 - Real Human Being by Matthew Bulgo

Award winning Cardiff based theatre company Taking Flight Theatre are casting for  the 2015 Autumn tour of Real Human Being  by Matthew Bulgo 


This production tours  to schools across Wales and is about the issues surrounding Disability Hate Crime.


Casting Breakdown:


Rhys – Male playing age 17, Welsh,  College student who is a self confessed ‘regular’ guy who wants to do the right thing but finds himself caught in an impossible…


Added by Elise Davison on January 18, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

A Midsummer Night's Dream opens at Gnoll Park

Well - we are open.  Working in an open country park is so fantastic as there is so much passing 'trade' people who may never have considered watching a Shakepeare have found themselves captivated by the rehearsals and performances and joined the audience on their journey.  Hearing people saying 'life should have more of this' is possibly one of the loveliest things I have heard as a director.  Hearing the giggles of small children as they race the cast to the next location and the belly…


Added by Elise Davison on May 3, 2013 at 21:23 — No Comments

Filth, Farts and Laughter with A MIdsummer Night's Dream

Today has been a day of Filth, farts, kisses and a lot of laughter.  Great performances are starting to emerge, the design is looking lovely and the music is coming on a treat, Tomorrow we move outside ( surely it can't be as cold as De Gabay?!)  with a double duvet, coconut bra and some space hoppers...so much fun to be had.

Tour dates on www.takingflighttheatre.co.uk spread the word...it'll be a romp!

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Added by Elise Davison on April 25, 2013 at 22:16 — No Comments

A Real Human Being by Matthew Bulgo

Taking Flight Theatre's current tour - a piece of new writing by Matthew Bulgo, funded by Uk Home Office and created in collaboration with Disability Wales is going down a storm.  A Forum Theatre full day residency touring to Schools and Youth Centres in Bridgend - a much needed piece tackling a very serious issue. 

Featuring Cara Readle ( Layla in 'Tracey Beaker' and Elin in 'Baker Boys'), Simon Morgan Thomas, Amy Griggs and Dan Edge ( a professional wrestler and aerialist in teh…


Added by Elise Davison on November 20, 2012 at 20:53 — 2 Comments

Casting for outdoor tour

It's that time of year again! Taking Flight Theatre Company are looking for actors for their forthcoming tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream touring to outdoor venues accross Wales.  Rehearsals and touring April - July 2013 with the possibilty of an extension in August.  Taking Flight actively encourage applications from disabled or sensory impaired actors.  For information about the company please visit…


Added by Elise Davison on August 23, 2012 at 18:46 — No Comments

Free Folk on next week

Well - December certainly crept up on me! Next week a lovely group of actors will be presenting a script in hand performance of Gary Owen's Free Folk for Michael Kelligan's O the Edge Season.  The cast have been a joy to work with and I am very proud of what we have achieved in such a short space of time - especially from one member of the cast who only joined us last week due to a 'last minute' recast!!

I think they all hate me at the moment though as I have put loads of extra…


Added by Elise Davison on December 6, 2011 at 18:00 — No Comments

Barefoot in the Park - back on from tonight. Crwys Presyterian Church Richmond Rd

Thanks to an amazing bunch of die hard theatre makers - the show will go on!! So corney I love it!


So although most of the crew feel like our heads haven't touched the pillow for the last week or so and we are drowning again in a sea of cardboard - we have transformed a new venue ( it's an actual working theatre - which is a little strange for me but I kind of like it in a quaint way).


I would just like to say a huge thank you to all at Mandan Productions for…


Added by Elise Davison on October 26, 2011 at 8:02 — No Comments

Barefoot in the Park - drowned out of venue!

Just a quick blog to let anyone know who was thinking of coming to see Barefoot in The Park tonight that tonight's show has had to be cancelled due to the fact that the venue leaked so badly last night that we had to abandon our dress rehearsal and re - assess the situation (bloody rain)....it was too dangerous to continue with lights etc so we are desperately trying to find a new location and hoping we will open on wednesday once we have rebuilt the set in a new space!!!! 

If anyone…


Added by Elise Davison on October 25, 2011 at 9:13 — 1 Comment

Twelfth Night Review

Review for Taking Flight's Twelfth Night


What a lovely review - the show is going from strength to strength even if the weather challenges us on every level! I am so proud of the cast and have loved working with each and every one of them.  Off to North Wales tomorrow - tickets www.takingflighttheatre.com…


Added by Elise Davison on August 15, 2011 at 16:40 — No Comments

Taking Flight Theatre at The Unity Festival

Pillows dropping from the heavens, sleep walkers, crazy chickens, a little slice of Film Noir and loads of quality exciting theatre.  The Unity Festival - hosted be Hijinx Theatre is in it's forth year now and what a programme!  I am not being totally altruistic here - Taking Flight has a show I directed on during the family day on friday.  It is one of the last chances to…


Added by Elise Davison on June 29, 2011 at 9:56 — 1 Comment

Branwen Starling - Review!


Branwen's Starling poster

Branwen's Starling

Adapted from The Mabinogion by Mark Ryan

Taking Flight Theatre Company

Tintern Abbey, Tintern, Monmouthshire, and touring

Review by Allison Vale (2011)

Cardiff's Taking Flight Theatre Company is an inclusive theatre company dedicated to staging beautifully crafted, accessible, outdoor touring productions. For their new tour,…


Added by Elise Davison on April 22, 2011 at 22:00 — No Comments

Branwen's Starling opens at Afan Forest in glorious sunshine - long may this continue!

It doesn't seem like five minutes ago I was having a meeting with Mark Ryan about adapting this story from the Mabinogion and now we have had our preview! The sun shone all day - the cast sweated in their waterproofs, fake fur and leather costumes - as we had prepared for the usual damp weather!  And despite a few near misses with over zealous mountain bikes and an…


Added by Elise Davison on April 10, 2011 at 22:23 — No Comments

Thank you for the amazing experience working on Love Steals us from Loneliness

I just wanted to say a huge congratulations and thank you to everyone involved in Love Steals Us from Loneliness. I am immensely proud to have been part of this production. Everyone involved made my experience fantastic. The cast were amazing and I learnt so much from a brilliant director and was priviledged to work on such fabulous writing, with a first class back stage crew.

So thank you NTW & Sherman Cymru for producing such an inspiring and relevant piece - made all…


Added by Elise Davison on October 18, 2010 at 18:44 — No Comments

Love steals us from loneliness - early rehearsal footage

I hope this works - this is from the camera that kept bleeping so it's short and sweet but a little taster of rehearsals last…


Added by Elise Davison on September 22, 2010 at 22:50 — No Comments

Love Steals Us from Lonelines rehearsal update

Well we had a wicked rehearsal tonight at Bridgend College with an amazing group of Young People! The cast were re directed a number of times and Katie was shaking her booty about with her red rehearsal knickers round her ankles, ripping off the tops of testtube shots with her teeth and throwing them around the space...what an energy they created and what fantastic feedback and ideas they generated.

lovely to see bits of the play in front of an audience too - what a difference…


Added by Elise Davison on September 21, 2010 at 22:00 — No Comments

Love Steals us from Loneliness, rehearsals week 2

Well it's nearly thursday and I haven't blogged yet this week - you must all be missing me!

I have been trying to get some nice video moments form rehearsal but the camera I have keeps embarrassingly beeping when it is turned on - highly distracting for the actors - so I haven't managed to get much yet. I will try my best to get some tomorrow and attempt to upload them before the weekend.

This week has been a trip down memory lane into the hazy, boozy days of…


Added by Elise Davison on September 15, 2010 at 21:22 — No Comments

The cast of Love Steals Us from Loneliness goes on tour in Bridgend for the second time

As we decended on Bridgend again, the sun was shining and we all boarded the open top bus ready for our guided tour of Bridgend courtesy of our lovely tour guides Katie and Mark. It was fab to actually build up a physical picture of the town.

We toured around the various sites mentioned in the play - visited many drinking establishments - had a sneaky peak in The Roof and familiarised ourselved with the 'pub crawl'. I had an education into the 'shots' culture...I felt…


Added by Elise Davison on September 9, 2010 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

preparation for tomorrow!

Dutifully doing my homework, I am currently trawling through the script to find all references to places in Bridgend - so that tomorrow we can visit them all and put everything into context. Really looking forward to seeing all of these landmarks as we take a guided tour through Bridgend courtesy of local actors Katie and Mark! I'll let you know how it goes and hopefully I will soon have learnt how to upload some video so I can give you some little 'bytes' of rehearsals..bye for…


Added by Elise Davison on September 8, 2010 at 20:07 — 1 Comment

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