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Taking Flight Festival 2018

Winning Writers: Samuel Daram, Michael Phong-Le,

and Lekha Desai Morrison


Directed by Ross Ericson


Cast: Michael Phong-Le, Reynah Rita Oppal, Louise Thomson 

and Michelle Yim


A collaboration with Grist to the Mill Productions:



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Presenting three exciting new family friendly short plays are the culmination of Red Dragonfly's nationwide search to find new and emerging writers from Britain's East Asian, South Asian and South-East Asian communities, bringing three stunning new stories to the stage – stories that could only have been made in Britain…

Khon by Michael Phong Le

The Vietnamese have a word for bending the rules... it's called 'khon' – but Kevin is far more British than Vietnamese, and he has never really been any good at being khon, so when the Police come knocking at the door...


Clarissa By Lekha Desai Morrison

Jasmin is getting married and this weekend she is entertaining her prospective mother-in-law for the first time, but she fears her favourite spicy sambhar won't impress the middle-class palette of the notorious Clarissa Cartwright. But while she is worrying over whether she is a Jamie person or a Heston person Clarissa shows up on her doorstep with a disturbing request.


Taylor Swift's Dog by Samuel Daram

Yazmina wants to become a writer and Jia is a literary agent on the lookout for the next big thing, but just who is going to be the new JK Rowling? And what has Taylor Swift's Dog got to do with it? An insightful satire into the politics and prejudices of publishing.

Taking Flight Summer 2018 Tour


Dates: 1st - 2nd June 2018

Venue: Studio, Everyman Theatre

Buxton Fringe

Dates: 11th - 13th July 2018

Venue: The Rotunda Theatre


Dates: 3rd - 4th June 2018

Venue: New Diorama Theatre


Dates: 14th July 2018

Venue: Crediton Arts Centre

And not to forget the fantastic stories and plays by our runners up!
Red Dragonfly is currently working to produce and showcase the plays by our previous Taking Flight finalists in 2019. So watch this space!
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Taking Flight 2018 Runners Up:

(in alphabetical order of surname)

Kai Chung - Kai²
Harri Dhillon - Piece of Cake
Qudsia Mirza - Please, Please, Please
Hari Ramakrishnan - An Indian Abroad
Jenny Stark - Aiko

Taking Flight Festival 2018 is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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