A banner for The Big Give Arts For Impact campaign 19th-26th March, Double your donation double difference. Peeking through a pink triangle on a black background Steph Bailey Scott & charlie Raine in a production dhot from a previous tour of You've Got Dragons

Taking Flight Does the Big Give

Double your donation to Taking Flight Theatre Company with the Big Give Arts for Impact campaign to raise £10,000 in just 1 week!

These funds will be used for the accessible outreach programme for You’ve Got Dragons/Ma Gen Ti Ddreigiau.


Donations to Taking Flight will be generously matched by Big Give’s Champions during the Arts For Impact campaign from 19th to 26th March to make double the difference in supporting Deaf, disabled and non-disabled young people and their families to develop strategies for managing anxiety.


This summer, Taking Flight will launch a new production of You’ve Got Dragons/Mae Gen Ti Ddreigiau adapted by Yoto Carnegie medal-winning writer Manon Steffan Ros, with a tour that will take in venues across Wales. A delightful tale of one child’s journey to come to terms with their dragons told in Taking Flight’s unique inclusive style. With live, original music, this highly visual, sensitive production is a humorous and touching exploration of the dragons we all face. Featuring creative captioning, interwoven BSL and audio description, You’ve Got Dragons/Mae Gen Ti Ddreigiau is a treat for the whole family.

With the Big Give Arts for Impact campaign, fundraisers at Taking Flight are hoping that this special production will have an even greater impact thanks to fully inclusive Dragon Taming workshops, designed to help families combat the debilitating effects of anxiety.

Louise Ralph, executive director at Taking Flight said:

“Evidence from mental health experts shows that young people in ever increasing numbers are struggling with their mental health. You’ve Got Dragons/Mae Gen Ti Ddreigiau is adapted from a gorgeous book by Kathryn Cave and Nick Maland that helps young people to face up to their concerns and anxieties. The money raised in the Big Give will help us to roll out a fully accessible free workshop programme to accompany the tour, meaning that young people watching the show can spend time afterwards creatively developing their own coping strategies for when their worries feel unmanageable”.

 As well as their touring productions and access consultancy work. Taking Flight also runs Wales’ only youth theatre for Deaf and hard of hearing young people. With added access and language barriers, 57% of Deaf young people are likely to struggle with their mental health. Participation, Access and Inclusion Officer, Steph Bailey-Scott, who is Deaf ands disabled, runs Taking Flight youth theatre; she explains:

Often society focuses on what Deaf and disabled people CAN’T do. There is a lack of visible positive Deaf and disabled role models and through youth theatre we have seen that isolation and lack of self-worth in Deaf kids is endemic. Accessible family theatre is rare, maybe one accessible performance per run, limiting opportunities for families to enjoy theatre together.  You’ve Got Dragons/Mae Gen Ti Ddreigiau and our Dragon Taming workshops have access built in. Everyone’s welcome and gains a vocabulary to discuss mental health with young children, with tools to take control of dragons whilst also finding positive Deaf and disabled role models. These workshops really help to combat anxiety. The funding will also enable rehearsal visits and touch tours reducing barriers to audiences, as well as relaxed performances with chill-out spaces to ease anxiety for all-age neurodivergent audiences. With integrated BSL, creative captions and live music, You’ve Got Dragons/Mae Gen Ti Ddreigiau makes it safe and OK to talk about our feelings.”

Artistic Director Elise Davison adds: “Taking Flight prides itself on creating bold, inclusive theatre that smashes down barriers. We’re passionate about creating accessible, inspiring theatre and opening up conversations and reducing stigma around childhood mental health for children of all backgrounds. Dragon Taming workshops will take place at every tour venue and in schools – arts-based mindfulness reaching around 1,500

young people and families, making it OK to not be OK. It’s essential to us that You’ve Got Dragons/Mae Gen Ti Ddreigiau increases the visibility of Deaf and disabled creatives working both on and backstage, presenting real role models and increasing aspiration and a sense of the possible. If you can’t see it you can’t be it, and too many young people never see themselves represented in media or high achieving roles.This year we’re looking to raise a total of £10,000. In order to access the £5000 we have in the Big Give matching pot, we need to raise £5000 in online donations. We hope everyone will give generously this year to help us reach our target and enable us to carry on the work we all feel so passionately about”.

How can you get involved?

  • Visit BigGive.org and make a donation from midday on Tuesday 19th March. The campaign will close at midday on the 26th March.
  • Set a reminder and add the campaign page to it so you remember not to miss your chance to double your donation!
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Taking Flight Theatre
Chapter Arts Centre
Market Rd
Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE
029 2023 0020

Youth Theatre meets at:

University of South Wales
86-88 Adam St
Cardiff CF24 2FN

Members of:

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