The Flight

July 27th

The flight

written by beryl bain

July 27th


The Flight, a reading of a new work by acclaimed theatre artist Beryl Bain, is inspired by the remarkable life of aviation pioneer Bessie Colman – the first African-American woman and the first Native-American to hold an international pilot’s license.

The hilarious and determined Bessie leads us through her life and times, exploring the issues, themes and motifs of American culture in the 1920’s. From flight school in Paris to spectacular barnstorming shows, Bessie earned the nickname “Brave Bessie” by dazzling audiences with her bravery, beauty, and technological mastery.

The Flight evokes Bessie’s unshakable optimism, her determination, her vision, and the indomitable self confidence that led her to soar above the clouds. What does it mean to leave your mark?

meet the creator

Beryl Bain is a first time playwright, long time actress, and a dilettante who loves to travel. Selected theatre credits: Mother’s Daughter (Soulpepper), Bronte: A World Without, Paradise Lost, A Comedy of Errors (Stratford Festival), How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Factory Theatre/Girls In Bow Ties), The Mountaintop (Grand Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Theatre Northwest), The Living by Colleen Wagner (Summerworks 2015), Complex (Summerworks, 2014), The Mountaintop (Theatre Calgary- Betty Mitchell Award Nomination, Calgary Critics Award Nomination 2014), Dirty Butterfly, (Bound To Create/Obsidian Theatre-Critic’s Pick, NOW Magazine), Nadia in Awake (Expect Theatre), Race, (Theatre Yes), The Women, Born Yesterday, The Stepmother, After The Dance (Shaw Festival), The Little Prince (Grand Theatre). Film/TV: Caught in the Act (webseries), Suits, Awake (Best Actress Nomination, Miami Urban Film Festival), Rogue,Warehouse 13, Ubisoft: Far Cry 5 B.F.A York University.

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