Learning to Fly : performances for schools

Thurs 30 April

Learning to Fly

by Barrowland Ballet.  Commissioned by Imaginate.

Suitable for P3-S1

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. To soar. She soared up … up … and away … and the world below got smaller and smaller.

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.


Contact our Education and Outreach team on 01851 708493 or email moira@lanntair.com to make a booking for your school.  Tickets are £3 per child.  Tickets for teachers and other supporting adults are fee.

Travel bursaries of 80% of travel costs are available from Edinburgh International Children’s Festival.  A travel subsidy application form will be provided on booking.

A workshop is available on Wed 29th April for one of the schools attending the performance.   Award-winning dance company Barrowland Ballet will deliver a lively and engaging dance workshop for up to 33 pupils in your school based on Learning to Fly.  

Supported through the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund.  In association with Platform and The Work Room

Photo credit: Jassy Earl