Extant and Yellow Earth present Flight Paths by Glen Neath

Touring spring 2019. Scroll down for venues, dates and booking details.


The Goze were blind female storytellers and musicians who travelled the length and breadth of medieval Japan making a living from performing epic tales. In this production, two blind women take centre stage sometimes on aerial silks, sometimes with their feet firmly on the ground but always surrounded by voices, music, stories and ghosts.

From tradition to modernity they navigate the path of the migrant, weaving together personal stories of blind artists from Japan, Nigeria, the USA and Australia as they forge their careers as aerialists, viola player and soprano.

Flight Paths is the first ever co-production from Extant, the UK's leading theatre company of visually impaired people, and Yellow Earth, the UK's award-winning British East Asian theatre company. It brings together playwright Glen Neath (The Ring, Seance), movement specialist Vicki Amedume from Upswing, surround-sound technologist Tarim and filmmaker Terry Braun to deliver a dynamic and innovative piece of theatre.


Glen Neath

Maria Oshodi and Kumiko Mendl

Amelia Cavallo and Sarah Houbolt with Takashi Kikuchi and Victoria Oruwari

Aerial and movement
Victoria Amedume

Thor McIntyre-Burnie

Audio technologist

Becky Minto

Terry Braun

Nao Nagai

UK TOUR 2019

  • Harlow Playhouse Theatre
    5 February (time TBC)
    Playhouse Square, Harlow CM20 1LS
    Box office: 01279 431945
  • Stratford Circus 
    8 & 9 February (time TBC)
    Theatre Square, London E15 1BX
    Box office: 020 8279 1080
  • The Lowry 
    13 February, 8 pm
    Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ
    Box office: 0843 208 6000
  • Theatr Clwyd 
    15 & 16 February, 7:45 pm
    Raikes Lane, Mold, CH7 1YA
    Box office: 01352 701521
  • Curve
    19 & 20 February, 7:45 pm 
    60 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1SB
    Box office: 0116 242 3595
  • The Albany 
    1 & 2 March (time TBC)
    Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG
    Box office: 020 8692 4446
  • The Arena, Wolverhampton
    5 & 6 March (time TBC)
    Wulfruna St, Wolverhampton WV1 1SE
    Box Office: 01902 321 321

For more information on our collaborators you can visit their websites:

Glen Neath

Yellow Earth Theatre

Vicki Amedume: Upswing

A medium shot of a Japanese man playing the viola without a bow. He wears a white long-sleeved shirt and black trousers. High contrast.

Blind classical viola player Takashi Kikuchi in R&D for Flight Paths at The Albany in Deptford.

A visibly old drawing of five Japanese women in traditional dress playing musical instruments. Three play the lute and two play drums.

Blind Women Musicians (Goze), from the series Entertainments of the Niwaka Festival in the Yoshiwara in Full Swing, Part 2 (Seirô Niwaka zensei asobi, ni no kawari) via the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

A medium close-up of a woman with cropped hair throwing her head back in laughter. She wears a sky blue hoodie and has perfect teeth.

Visually impaired aerialist Amelia Cavallo in R&D for Flight Paths at The Albany in Deptford. 

Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I as Miyagi Asojirô, Seki Sanjûrô III as Fujiya Tokuemon (R), and Onoe Kikujirô II as the Blind Minstrel (Goze) Asagao (L) via the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.