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BOP turns 25 – June: Laurence Clark

BOP is turning 25 this year – to celebrate we have been in conversation with some of the key figures who have helped to make the company what it is.   Laurence Clark is an internationally-acclaimed comedian, writer and actor who has cerebral palsy. His observational, political stand-up and filmed stunts demonstrate the endearing naivety […]

My Left/Right Foot: development week

With the hustle of crowded Edinburgh pavements, thick with underpaid comics making witty comments about your favourite jacket in the hope of attracting you to their show not far away, the team at BOP thought we should probably stop stuffing ourselves with leftover cake from the parliament reception, pull ourselves away from episodes of QI […]

BOP turns 25 – May: Morven Gregor

BOP is turning 25 this year – to celebrate we have been in conversation with some of the key figures who have helped to make the company what it is. Morven Gregor was the Artistic Director of BOP from 2004 – 2012. During that time she pioneered new approaches to our outreach work and directed […]

25th anniversary at the Scottish Parliament

On the 22nd of March 2018 we were very lucky to be able to celebrate our 25th anniversary in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament, hosted by Patrick Harvie – leader of the Scottish Green Party. Guests invited to the event included Members of Scottish Parliament, people from the theatre industry, people from disability […]

BOP turns 25 – April: Caroline Parker

BOP is turning 25 this year – to celebrate we have been in conversation with some of the key figures who have helped to make the company what it is. Caroline Parker MBE is a deaf actor and the UKs best signing singer. She accompanied Beverly Knight’s rendition of I Am What I Am at […]

BOP turns 25 – March: Mick Duke

BOP is turning 25 this year – to celebrate we have been in conversation with some of the key figures who have helped to make the company what it is. Mick Duke was involved in BOP Theatre at the very early stages and directed two of the first productions Dougal Graham (1991) and Borderland (1992). […]

BOP turns 25 – February: Amy Conachan

BOP is turning 25 this year – to celebrate we’re releasing a new film each month with with some of the key figures who have helped to make the company what it is. This Valentines Day we hear from Amy Conachan, Amy started her acting career with BOP, playing Laura in our saucy romantic comedy […]

Creative Scotland funding reinstated

Creative Scotland reinstates Birds of Paradise’s Regular Funding Birds of Paradise Theatre Company are relieved to learn that Creative Scotland have reinstated our company’s RFO funding – particularly during our 25th anniversary year – allowing us to continue to advocate, celebrate and promote disability in the creative sector. We want to thank our colleagues, friends […]

A fond farewell to Garry Robson

On this – the final day of January 2018 – we’re announcing that Garry Robson is leaving BOP after five years as one of our Artistic Directors. His work for the company has had an incredible impact on theatre in Scotland – most recently as director of The Tin Soldier, our show for young people […]

Creative Scotland funding cuts: our statement

Creative Scotland cuts Birds of Paradise Theatre Company’s funding, in organisation’s 25th anniversary year Award-winning theatre company Birds of Paradise has lost its £450,000 three year funding from Creative Scotland, in a year set to celebrate the work of Scotland’s only professional, disability-led arts organisation. 2018 is a year that will see Birds of Paradise […]

BOP turns 25 – January: Garry Robson

  In 2018 BOP turns 25. To celebrate we have been in conversation with some of the key figures who have helped to make the company what it is. Firstly we hear from Garry Robson, who become Artistic Director in 2012 and helped move the company to becoming disability led. Most recently he was the […]

Farewell

The good ship Fortune has set sale, at least for now! Role Shift had a very successful run at Oran Mor and Ayr Gaiety during May. Thank you to both venues, we really enjoyed our time with you. Birds of Paradise have three core aims, all of which look to increase the profile and opportunities […]