The Flames

Our Work | June 19, 2024

Are you over 50 and do you have a story to tell?

Tricky Hat is welcoming people to join their performance company The Flames, to create a show that challenges pre-conceived ideas of how older people think and what they aspire to.

The Flames will work with Tricky Hat’s team of professional artists in a series of rehearsals, exploring ideas based on The Flames’ own life experiences and stories, which is then created into a show alongside others using performance, movement, film and specially composed music.

We welcome people from all walks of life and gender identity. No experience is necessary, and participation is free. There is no acting, and no scripts.  You just need to be yourself and be up for a possibility.

To find out more, come to one of our information sessions listed below. For registering your interest, and if you have any questions, please e-mail


The Flames @ The Music Hall, Aberdeen

Saturday 7th September 2024 (1pm – 2.30pm): Information session
Friday 20th September 2024 (12pm – 4pm): Rehearsal 1
Saturday 21st September 2024 (11am – 3pm): Rehearsal 2
Friday 27th September 2024 (12pm – 4pm): Rehearsal 3
Saturday 28th September 2024 (11am – 3pm): Rehearsal 4
Friday 4th October 2024 (11am – 5pm): Rehearsal 5
Saturday 5th October 2024 (10am – 9pm): Tech rehearsals and 2 performances


The Flames @ CCA, Glasgow

*info session and rehearsals at Renfield Centre, Bath Street

Wednesday 9th October 2024 (11.30am – 1pm): Information session
Saturday 26th October 2024 (11am – 4pm): Rehearsal 1
Wednesday 30th October 2024 (11am – 4pm): Rehearsal 2
Wednesday 6th November 2024 (11am – 4pm): Rehearsal 3
Wednesday 13th November 2024 (11am – 4pm): Rehearsal 4
Wednesday 20th November 2024 (11am – 4pm): Rehearsal 5
Friday 22nd November 2024 (10am – 5pm): Dress rehearsal
Saturday 23rd November 2024 (10am – 9pm): Tech rehearsals and 2 performances at CCA


The Flames @ Summerhall, Edinburgh

Saturday 11th January 2025 (11am – 12.30pm): Information session
Saturday 18th January 2025 (11am – 4pm): Rehearsal 1
Saturday 25th January 2025 (11am – 4pm): Rehearsal 2
Saturday 1st February 2025 (11am – 4pm): Rehearsal 3
Saturday 8th February 2025 (11am – 4pm): Rehearsal 4
Saturday 15th February 2025 (11am – 4pm): Rehearsal 5
Friday 21st February 2025 (10am – 6pm): Dress rehearsal
Saturday 22nd Ferbuary 2025 (10am – 9pm): Tech rehearsals and 2 performances


The Flames @ Strathearn Arts, Crieff

Tuesday 11th February 2025 (11am – 12.30pm): Info Session
Tuesday 25th February 2025 (11am – 3pm): Rehearsal 1
Tuesday 4th March 2025 (11am – 3pm): Rehearsal 2
Tuesday 11th March 2025 (11am – 3pm): Rehearsal 3
Tuesday 18th March 2025 (11am – 3pm): Rehearsal 4
Tuesday 25th March 2025 (11am – 3pm): Rehearsal 5
Friday 28th March 2025 (11am – 4pm): Dress rehearsal
Saturday 29th March 2025 (10.30am – 9.30pm): Tech rehearsals and performance


Previous participants said:

Being a Flame re-awakened my adventurous spirit

It’s an opportunity to play, to be creative and to meet and make new friends. A chance to share life experiences and to hear amazing stories from other people.”

The moment I arrived at rehearsals, everything else receded to the background while I discovered new people, new parts of myself and new experiences. I found it possible to be myself in the atmosphere created, and discovered I had some confidence to speak and to inquire of others.

Gave me such a sense of achievement and something I thought I was incapable of doing.

 The creative team has been brilliant, supportive, inclusive, insightful, and fun. They created an atmosphere of trust necessary to bring the best out of us.

Main image credit: Brian Hartley


Supported by Creative Scotland and Aberdeen Performing Arts.

Partners: Aberdeen Performing Arts, CCA, Summerhall, Strathearn Arts.