Extant and Yellow Earth present Flight Paths

For a free and accessible digital programme containing much more information about the production, its development, details on those involved and to tell us what you thought of the show please visit extant.org.uk/flightpaths/programme


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 and Owen Crouch

Audio technologist

Becky Minto

Terry Braun

Nao Nagai


Harlow Playhouse Theatre 
Tuesday 5 February, 7.30 pm
Playhouse Square, The High, Harlow CM20 1LS
Box office: 01279-431945
Pay what you can

Touch tour: Tuesday 5 February, 6 - 6:30 pm

Stratford Circus 
Friday 8 February, 7 pm; Saturday 9 February, 2 pm and 7 pm*
Theatre Square, London E15 1BX
Box office: 020 8279 1080
Tickets £15 (£13 concessions)

Touch tours: Friday 8 February, 5:30 - 6 pm; Saturday 9 February, 12:30 - 1 pm and 5:30 - 6 pm

*Post-show discussion: Saturday 9 February, 8:40 - 9 pm in the foyer

Theatr Clwyd 
Friday 15 February, 7.45 pm; Saturday 16 February, 2.45 pm and 7.45 pm*
Civic Centre, Mold CH7 1YA
Box office: 01352 701521
Tickets from £10

Touch tours: Friday 15 February, 6:15 - 6:45 pm; Saturday 16 February, 1:15 - 1:45 pm and 6:15 - 6:45 pm

*Post-show discussion: Saturday 16 February, 9:25 - 9:45 pm in the Hayden Reece Room

Curve Theatre
Tuesday 19 February* and Wednesday 20 February, 7.45 pm
60 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB
Box office: 0116 242 3595
Tickets from £10

Touch tours: Wednesday 19 February and Thursday 20 February, 6:15 - 6:45 pm

*Post-show discussion: Wednesday 19 February, 9:25 - 9:45 pm onstage 

The Albany 
Friday 1 March, 7.30 pm; Saturday 2 March, 2 pm & 7.30 pm
Albany Centre & Theatre, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG
Box office: 020 8692 4446
Tickets £14 (£10 concessions)

Touch tours: Friday 1 March, 6 - 6:30 pm; Saturday 2 March, 12:30 - 1 pm and 6 - 6:30 pm

*Post-show discussion: Friday 1 March, 9:10 - 9:30 pm onstage

Arena Theatre
Tuesday 5 March, 7.30 pm
Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SE
Box office: 01902 321 321
Tickets £12 (£10 concessions)

Touch tour: Tuesday 5 March, 6 - 6:30 pm

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.