Launched in 2009 by Leandra Ashton, Flying Cloud is now a successful collective of international artists produced by Turtle Key Arts. Leandra has been joined at the helm by Jennifer Kidd and Marta Isabella Rizi and it’s all hands on deck as they map unchartered waters.

Leandra Ashton



Leandra nails her colours to the mast and navigates Flying Cloud through the high seas of creativity. Born a land lubber in Kuwait, she grew up in Yorkshire and the North East. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art after studying for a BA in Modern and Medieval Languages. She has lived and worked in Spain, Italy and across the UK and USA.

She can spin a yarn or two and has written Off Track, NAPOLI (West Yorkshire Playhouse and tour) and The Book (co-writer, York Theatre Royal and tour).

She loves treading the boards, and has taken various leading roles on stages around the world including at The National Theatre, Off Broadway New York, Teatro Ghione Rome, Sheffield Crucible and The Arcola London. She made her directing debut with NAPOLI (West Yorkshire Playhouse and tour) and enjoys designing and delivering ground-breaking workshops for businesses, community groups, schools and universities.

Ship shape, Bristol fashion is Jennifer’s approach when it comes to community workshops. She spear heads Flying Cloud’s pioneering outreach programmes. She grew up in Ireland and Wales before training at RADA. As an actor, Jennifer has performed with acclaimed companies such as Shakespeare’s Globe and Cheek by Jowl, appearing in leading roles across Europe and the USA including in London, Paris and New York.

Jennifer has led and collaborated on a number of independent projects such as Larisa and The Merchants with Insite Performance and The Only Girl in the World (Best Off-West End Production of the Year, Time Out).

She co-wrote and directed Flying Cloud’s latest play, The Book which premiered at York Theatre Royal in June 2014.

Jennifer has created and led one-off workshops and ongoing courses for wide-ranging participant groups through RADA, Opera North, Shakespeare’s Globe, and Insite Performance.

Marta Isabella Rizi

Quartermaster of Retreats


Marta knows the ropes when it comes to creating holistic creative experiences for Flying Cloud’s Retreats. She was born in Rome and lives between London and her hometown. She trained in acting at East 15 after studying French and Italian literature at University. She has worked as an actress across Italy and the UK.

Her acting credits include Theatre: La Vita è un Viaggio (Italian Tour) THE BOOK (York Theatre Royal) A Diamond Glittered (Politeama Theatre Pavia), Avrei voluto fare del Cinema (Festival la Mama Spoleto), NAPOLI (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Ophelia in Hamlet (La Biennale di Venezia), Le Livre Blanc/La Voix Humaine (Arcola Theatre), The Elephant’s Child (Riverside Studios), Three Sisters (Moscow GITIS), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Teatro Agorà, Rome), The Tempest (Teatro Furio Camillo, Rome). Cinema: Star System (dir Tiziano Paltrinieri), The Sicilian Man (dir Kris Deedigan), The Find (dir Azhur Saleem).  TV: Holby City, BBC1.

She co-wrote Flying Cloud’s latest play, The Book which premiered at York Theatre Royal in June 2014.

Turtle Key Arts – Charlotte Cunningham



Turtle Key Arts have 24 years’ experience managing projects for a diverse range of small to large-scale companies, they have been working with Flying Cloud since 2010.

Performance companies they have worked and toured with include RedCape Theatre, Ockham’s RazorAmici Dance Theatre Company, Joli Vyann, Kezia Serreau, Arc Dance, SMITH dancetheatre, Angika, Jonathan Lunn Dance Company, Extant, Lynn Manning, Kevin Kling, Lisa Torun Dance Company and New Life Theatre.

Turtle Key Arts has extensive experience in participation projects and one of their key strategic objectives is participation in the arts for all with an emphasis on disabled, disadvantaged or socially excluded people.