Taking Flight Festival


A New Writing Festival and nationwide Competition showcasing emerging playwrights and new work

Theatre/ New Writing

Free attendance

Sat 9 July 2022, 12noon
Sun 10 July 2022, 11:30am
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Running Time: 60min no interval

Suitable for Adults & Aged 16+

Red Dragonfly’s New Writing Festival and nationwide Competition is back! Championing new and emerging British East and South East Asian playwrights this fourth season will feature play readings of the winning full length 1 hour play and new work. Supported by funding from Arts Council England.

Sat 9 July 2022, 12noon - Taking Flight presents:

'What's Best For Jada' by Alex Blanc, Winner of Taking Flight New Writing Competition

Jada's parents are no longer together. She plays legos with her dad Richard, as he and his new partner Claire shower her with horse-riding lessons and days out in Chessington. Jada's mum Marie disapproves from a distance. Whilst Richard rejects his Chinese upbringing, Marie embraces it providing what she believes is important, money for Jada's education, healthcare and upkeep. Parenting isn't easy, co-parenting is even harder - but they know what's best for Jada and everything they do is for her - or is it?

Suitable for 14+ (Warning: swearing)

Sun 10 July 2022, 11:30am - Taking Flight presents:

Rehearsed Reading of 'China Masques'

With Queen Elizabeth getting older, and with no successor, Sir Robert Cecil is risking treason by secretly negotiating with the King of the Scots to take over the throne, but at this festive time, and with the arrival of a special visitor, he has hopes of at last opening up a route to China. Will he succeed in his desires, or will circumstance and the new King thwart his hopes? We shine a new light on Queen Elizabeth's chief minister and reveal him to be a sinophile, an avid collector of porcelain and even the Charles Henry Harrod of his day.

A mostly true tale of political intrigue, social change and one man's obsession with China and, as our story unfolds against the backdrop of the elaborate and luxurious celebrations of the Elizabethan and Jacobean Courts, we witness a collection of works by Davies and Jonson that have not been performed in public for over 400 years.


'I cried twice and lost count of the times I laughed... it hits all the right notes' 

★★★★ Everything Theatre on Taking Flight 2017 

'Fast paced... with much entertainment... Red Dragonfly Productions has exceeded expectations' 

★★★★ LiveTheatreUK on Taking Flight 2017


The Rotunda Theatre

@ Bishop's Barn,

Silver Street, 

Wells BA5 1US

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Red Dragonfly Productions