Productions /

Learning to Fly main production image

Learning to Fly

Commissioned by Imaginate
For ages 7+

Inspired by the Greek legend of Icarus, this is the story of a girl who doesn't fit in, a girl who's learning to fly. Washed up on a tiny island, she studies the birds, her only companions, and begins to work out her escape.

They said she would never do it. Impossible.
But with these unfolding wings, they had fallen silent and watched her go until she was just a speck on the horizon. She was at one with the wind. This was what it was to be free.

Learning to Fly is about the power of imagination and the sheer determination that lets you fly when forces all around want to pull you down. The award winning Barrowland Ballet use intricate choreography, wit and humour to tell this evocative new story.

In association with Platform and The Work Room, supported by Tramway and through the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund.

Our team / performers

  • Co-creators
    Natasha Gilmore and Robert Alan Evans
  • Choreographer
    Natasha Gilmore
  • Performers
    Katie Armstrong, Molly Danter, Ilona Gumowska
  • Composer
    Davey Anderson
  • Set Designer
    Fred Pommerehn
  • Lighting Designer
    Alberto Santos Bellido
  • Costume Designer
    Alison Brown
  • Producer
    Jo Walmsley