Quick Fire with The Flames Guest Artist, Director Scott Johnston

Blog | March 24, 2018

As we approach the weekend of The Flames, we managed to catch five minutes with Guest Artist Scott Johnston to tell us about his experience of working with the performance company.

Scott is a theatre director, whose work has taken him from Scotland, to no less than 7 countries: Hungary, Moldova, South-Africa, USA, Macedonia, Ireland, and Romania.

With that, Tricky Hat are delighted to welcome Scott as a guest artist for The Flames in Glasgow.

1. How did you get involved with The Flames?
I have known Fiona, Tricky Hat’s Artistic Director and Director of The Flames, for a long time and we have worked together on many projects. I was delighted to get involved with workshops for previous Flames projects and this time to be much more involved in the process of its creation.

2. Outwith The Flames you do a lot of work abroad.
Can you you tell us a bit more about the theatre projects you are leading in Romania?

I’ve been working in Romania since 1993, after falling in love with the country and its culture – I feel at home there. Over the past ten years I have forged a partnership between the National Academy of Theatre Arts in Targu Mures and Performing Arts Studio Scotland at Edinburgh College. Such a partnership allows Romanian, Hungarian and English speaking students to work and devise together.

This year Fiona Miller and I will be devising a piece to mark the tenth anniversary of the partnership. Next year I will be directing a play at the National Theatre of Romania.

3. Does this work feed into the workshops you are leading with The Flames?

All my work, whether it be with my students or actors in Romania or throughout Europe, influences my work with The Flames. The Flames, as a group, are really joyous to work with as its an opportunity to engage with people around my own age!’

4. Could you tell us about one of your highlights in working with The Flames so far?

The highlights of The Flames is hearing really honest stories and seeing the group develop into confident people who can tell these stories on stage. Also it’s really great working alongside the Flames team of Fiona, Mick and Kim.’

Are you looking forward to the performance on Sunday?

‘Absolutely, can’t wait!’

To see The Flames come to life, book your tickets to the performances at the CCA on Sunday 25 March 2018 by visiting the website here.