We are Flights of Fantasy, a theatre company specialising in immersive performances and working with local creatives and community performers. We want our creative team to be as diverse and inclusive as the work we create, therefore we are committed to branching out to local organisations and prioritising local creatives.
James trained at the University of Lincoln in BA Drama and studied a module in Site-Specific Performance and Contemporary Experimental Performance. After he graduated, he formed a theatre company called White Noise Theatre and specialised in site-specific, supernatural performances throughout Lincolnshire. In addition to this, through working with this company, James became the director of autobiographical solo performance Freedom to Move, which covered the artist Katie Staples’s life growing up with a disability. This piece of work debuted as part of Push Festival 2020 at HOME in Manchester.
Recently, James received an Arts Council DYCP grant to develop his practice in clowning which he utilises throughout his creative work. In relation to this, he has used his DYCP funding to help develop his solo performance In The Plus which premiered at the Greater Manchester Fringe to positive reviews including British Theatre Guide.
James is passionate about creating performance that advocates the voice of LGBTQIA+ issues and communities often silenced in society. In regards to this, James himself identifies as an asexual male, and his solo performance aligns with this mentality as a verbatim play detailing the lives of the asexual community, therefore giving the sexuality a voice on an artistic platform.
Ellen is an actor and theatre-maker from North Yorkshire. She initially trained as a script-writer, graduating with a first class degree in English with Creative Writing from Falmouth University, and has produced a number of her plays, including Small Victories at Park Theatre in London as part of Sheer Height Theatre’s Women Redressed Festival and Whodunnit? at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
As a performer, she has worked across film, theatre, voiceover, commercials and more, including recent tours as a multi-role actor-musician in The Secret Garden and Badapple's The Frozen Roman. In 2020, she trained with Amie Burns Walker in immersive theatre and has since specialised in immersive work, performing in Our Gate and also becoming Assistant Director for 122 Love Stories.
Ellen is passionate about inclusivity and accessibility within the arts, and puts this at the heart of her work. She has worked as the Administrator for the charity The Act For Change Project and helped organise their event Keeping The Conversation Growing at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in 2019, inviting industry professionals to discuss representation and diversity within the arts.