The Flames

The Flames

Founded in Glasgow as part of Luminate 2016, The Flames is a performance company for people age 50+ who create high quality, collaborative work.

The Flames work at pace exploring ideas and devising in partnership with Tricky Hat’s artists. The work is created in just five sessions before being performed in front of an audience. Previous events have been inspired by themes such as love, loss, sex, murder and life-changing decisions. The company uses performance, film and specially composed music to explore stories about life after fifty, challenging our perceptions of ageing.

Workshops are free and no previous experience is necessary.

Become a Flame!

We are hoping to offer opportunities to be involved in 2020-21 taking into account government guidelines in the context of COVID-19. More information will be available in August 2020. 

To express an interest, e-mail

“Being a Flame gave me the confidence to perform and write about my own experience.”

“Tricky Hat artists created an environment that was great fun, inclusive and sensitive to people’s emotional needs.”

Watch our short film for more information about what’s involved.

Watch the video highlights of our Flames event at Tramway in October 2018:

Creative Team
Directed by Fiona Miller
Music composed by Mick Slaven
Audio Visual Design by Kim Beveridge
Dance Artist: Aya Kobayashi
Presented by The Flames

Previous events have taken place at CCA, TramwayWigtown Book Festival, The CatstrandDunoon Burgh Hall, The Studio & Lyth Arts Centre

Audience members said:

“A beautifully warm and moving human connection enabling me to drop more into myself.”

“Inspirational piece. Loved it.”

“A terrific tight production!”

Video at top of page: Filmed segment for STV’s Live at Five programme featuring The Flames rehearsal, April 2017.