Learning to Fly

A new show by James Rowland

UK Tour 2023/24

***** ‘For those who couldn’t get to take in the shows of Edinburgh Fringe then James’ tour is perfect for you, you won’t regret, you certainly won’t forget.’ Fairy Powered Productions (full review)

***** ‘A riveting, remarkable hour of theatre’ The Guardian (full review

**** ‘He delivers his story with grace and self-deprecating humour’ The Times (full review)

****’Very funny, disarmingly honest and surprisingly tender’ The Scotsman (full review)


A new show by acclaimed writer, storyteller and performer James Rowland featuring his captivating mix of storytelling, music and comedy.

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 died.

Uplifting, big hearted and hilarious, this is James’s first new show since his acclaimed Songs of Friendship trilogy.

Age guidance 14+

If you are interested in booking James drop us a line – [email protected]


2023 Dates

7th Sept MOLD Theatr Clywd – Book

28 Sept NOTTINGHAM Nonsuch Studios – Book

26 Oct YORK Theatre Royal – Book

17 & 18 Nov EDINBURGH Traverse – Book

9 Dec CORSHAM Pound Arts – Book

2 Feb HIGH NEWTON Village Hall – Booking soon

28 Feb MILFORD HAVEN Torch Theatre – Booking soon

21 Mar SHROPSHIRE SpArc Theatre – booking soon

22nd Mar SHROPSHIRE Talbot Theatre – booking soon

23rd Mar SHROPSHIRE Market Theatre – booking soon


Made with the support of Arts Council England alongside Arts at the Old Fire Station (Oxford), The Spring (Havant), Tobacco Factory Theatres (Bristol) and The Attenborough (Leicester).