CUPID ON WHEELS RAISES MONEY FOR TAKING FLIGHT THEATRE
– On the anniversary of 400 years since Shakespeare’s death
– Taking Flight create an inclusive tour of Shakespeare every summer in beautiful outdoor spaces around Wales

This summer, Taking Flight Theatre will be touring Wales with their inclusive, outdoor performances of Romeo & Juliet. They’ve teamed up with Localgiving.org to raise funds to help support the work. Audio Describer and Local Hero Alastair Sill will be cycling from Cardiff to Haverfordwest, delivering messages of love whilst raising funds for the tour.

Alastair will be taking to the saddle in Cardiff on April 18th. He’ll then head up National Cycle Route 8 to Merthyr Tydfil. Day 2 will see him pedal his way to Kidwelly, then on Wednesday 20th to Stackpole near Pembroke. By day 4 he’ll make his way to his final destination, Hilton Court near Haverfordwest. On Friday 22nd April, the day before the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (also the Bard’s birthday) Al will rest his hamstrings and take the train back home to his family in Cardiff.

Cycling isn’t all Al will be doing! Each day he will be stopping at schools and services along his route, engaging with groups and finding out what love means to the people of Wales. Schools and other groups will be asked to come up with an Iambic Pentameter line of poetry about love. Youngsters will be invited to take part in a short drama workshop on Romeo and Juliet and more mature groups will be treated to Shakespeare readings.

Taking Flight’s mission is to challenge perceptions of disability and disabled people, provide employment opportunities for D/deaf and disabled people and positive disabled role models for disabled and non-disabled young people. They train disabled people to lead and facilitate our work and to become those role models.

In addition, Taking Flight pushes the boundaries of creative access, constantly searching for ways to make work that is more accessible to wider audiences. Currently, Taking Flight Theatre are funded on a project basis only, meaning that each time they want to stage an inclusive production, or run some outreach with D/deaf or disabled young people, or try to find the technology to support access for a new audience, they have to start from scratch to raise the money. Most funders require match funding of some description. Money raised from this fundraiser will go directly into the tour of Romeo and Juliet, involving disabled, D/deaf and sensory impaired professional actors.

£10 will pay for a large print script for a visually impaired actor. £50 will pay for a support worker for half a day. £100 will pay for poster printing, or for recording of an audio flyer for blind and visually impaired audiences. £250 will pay for a BSL interpreter for one of our actors in rehearsal for a day. Alternatively, £250 could pay for a coach to transport a group of young people in a rural area to come and see the show. £500 will pay for one actor for a week plus the fuel to transport that actor around Wales. £1000 will cover one actor’s accommodation for the entire rehearsal period and tour. £4840 would sponsor the on stage BSL interpreter or one on stage Audio Describer for the whole tour.

Al commented, ‘I’m thrilled to be raising money for Taking Flight – I think the work they do is vital and the more we can spread the word and support them to make the show great, the more people will see it and the more we can fight prejudice and provide inclusive performances all over Wales’.
Any money pledged in sponsorship will go directly into making the work happen. Taking Flight believe that theatre, that Shakespeare, that the arts are for everyone and that disability or sensory impairment should not be a barrier to enjoying or working in the arts; of being the next generation of role models for our young people.

If you sponsor Alastair in April, through Localgiving, he stands a chance of securing the company an extra £1000! This April, Localgiving is celebrating all the fantastic fundraisers who raise money on behalf of a local charity.

For more information, images, interview requests, please contact Rachel Kinchin on 07769 290369 or email Rachel.Kinchin@hotmail.co.uk. There will be great photo opportunities along Al’s bike ride.