Let’s Go Fly A Kite

The Everyman Theatre co-hosted an outdoor community kite flying festival at Crickley Hill in Gloucestershire, to coincide with its performances of The Kite Runner (Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th July). Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, adapted by Mathew Spangler and directed by Giles Croft, this haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption. The plays central theme shows how kites occupy a unique space between national art form and national sport in Afghanistan.

GARAS, a charitable partner of The Everyman’s community outreach team, along with Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees, brought over 100 people together from across Gloucestershire for an afternoon of kite flying in the Cotswolds countryside. The festival drew inspiration from the long standing Afghan tradition of kite flying and signified solidarity with people seeking asylum and an opportunity for everyone to join together and enjoy an outdoor activity, that connects them with their culture and heritage.

We must thank GARAS for enabling us to put on the Kite Festival as one of the charities 25 events to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary. It was a positive event for GARAS and The Everyman to have organised. The beautiful weather made it an extra special day and full of so much joy and happiness.”

Said Mark Goucher, CEO, Everyman Theatre.