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Learning to Fly

by Attic Theatre Company (London)

comedy, theatre

A new show from James Rowland featuring his captivating mix of theatre, comedy and music.

about the production

LEARNING TO FLY sees James tell the story of a remarkable friendship he made when he was a lonely, unhappy teenager with the scary old lady who lived in the spooky house on his street. It's about connection, no matter what the obstacles; about love’s eternal struggle with time; about music and its ability to heal. It's also about her last wish: to get high once before she dies. Uplifting, big hearted and hilarious, this is James' first new showing following his critically acclaimed SONGS OF FRIENDSHIP trilogy.

about the artist

This show is produced in partnership by James Rowland and Attic. James is best known for his SONGS OF FRIENDSHIP trilogy – TEAM VIKING, A HUNDRED DIFFERENT WORDS FOR LOVE and REVELATIONS – which won significant critical acclaim, touring the UK and internationally for 4 years, before being published by Oberon Books. All featuring his captivating mix of comedy, music and storytelling, James’ shows have successfully tour to both remote rural locations and leading regional theatres. Attic Attic has been producing shows for over 25 years. Recent work includes The Last Noël by Chris Bush (Arts at the Old Fire Station and tour).

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stage dimensions

width: 3 metres

height: 3 metres

depth: 2 metres

Stage: Minimum size: 3m (wide) x 2m (deep). No maximum.
Lighting: Full stage, warm general wash. Single downstage special (where available - not essential).
Sound: Single speaker into which an aux or phono cable can be connected. (Own vinyl record player provided by artist)
Operator: If available, operator for two lx cues (one fade to
special and one blackout), if not the show can run without.

Though we aim for a cross generational audience the show seems to be popular with: comedy audiences, parents with teenage children, an audience with an interest in new writing and new theatre.

'A master storyteller'


‘Joyous... Heart-lifting and incredibly moving.’

The Stage (on Team Viking)

‘Captivating... A generous, deepening hymn to friendship.’

The Sunday Times (on Revelations)

James is available to do a Q&A.

The show is £800pn but are willing to negotiate deals for multiple nights/dates in a similar area or a guarantee vs % box office. Get in touch and we will see what we can do.

We do not have any additional Covid requirements