The above image is of Aminder Virdee working on her scratch performance The Staff Infection, as part of BOP Artists 2017

On this page we post any opportunities we currently have available. Some of them will be for BOP only projects, others will be for projects we are working on in partnership with other organisations.


BOP & Theatre Gu Leòr: Something to Say | Rudeigin ri Ràdh (writing for radio)

A note on terminology: often the opportunities we publicise are for “Disabled people”. We understand that some people (such as Deaf or autistic people) may not identify as “Disabled” – but we want to emphasise that these opportunities are also open to them. Click here for more detail on what we mean by “Disabled.”

Something to Say | Rudeigin ri Ràdh

Development and Commission Opportunity for Disabled Writers

Theatre Gu Leòr and Birds of Paradise are excited to launch an opportunity to develop new voices for writing for radio.

Something to Say | Rudeigin ri Ràdh aims to amplify seldom-heard voices within radio drama – both Gaelic voices and those of Disabled people.

The opportunity was split into two elements: Development & Commissions.

The Development phase has now been completed.

Writer Commissions

Radio play commissions for disabled writers

DEADLINE: Midnight, Sun 22 Nov // FEE: £1010.00 per commission

As part of the Something to Say | Rudeigin ri Ràdh opportunity for disabled and Gaelic writers from Birds of Paradise and Theatre Gu Leòr, we are very pleased to announce the details of the BOP commissioning strand of this opportunity.

Working with independent community Edinburgh radio station, EH-FM, as a broadcast partner, we will commission three disabled writers to each write a brand new 15 minute radio play (monologue or duologue only) for broadcast on EH-FM.

Please see below for full details.

The Commission

We will commission three writers to write a 15 minute radio play (monologue or duologue only). 


As this is a commission, you will be expected to write this play without any support. We have requested a draft submission at which point we will offer feedback.


Once the finished script has been submitted, BOP will be responsible for producing the script into a finished radio play. While we will be happy to involve the writer in this process, we reserve the right to have the final say on specific production elements including direction and casting.


For each 15 minute play we will pay the writer a fee of £1010.00 – this is inline with BBC rate for radio drama of £67.23 per minute for beginner writers.


The finished plays will be broadcast on EH-FM (date tbc) and will be available on their website for twelve months from the broadcast date.

The finished plays will also be made available through the BOP podcast channel ‘BOP on the Wire’, available on various podcast platforms and hosted on our website. We will retain the right to continue to host the radio plays on our website in perpetuity.  All rights remain with the writer.


Monday 12 October, 2020Applications open
Sunday 22 November, 2020Applications close
Monday 30 November, 2020Successful commissions announced
Monday 11 January, 2021Draft submission deadline
Monday 1 February, 2021Final submission deadline


To be eligible for this opportunity you must:

  • Identify as disabled, please see here for how we define disabled
  • Be based in Scotland
  • Have a proven track record of creative writing, this does not need to be radio plays
  • Be able to commit to the timeline, outlined above

How to apply

To apply, you must submit a 500 word outline of the play you would like to write plus at least two examples of your writing.


The outline should be a short summary of the story you want to tell. It could include a brief synopsis of the narrative, character descriptions and what your motivations are for wanting to tell this story.  Whether it is a monologue or duologue should also be explained at this stage.

The play must be a monologue or duologue

Writing examples:

For the examples of your writing, you can submit files of your written work (for example, a Word document) or video / audio recordings of your writing being performed (for example, a filmed performance of a play you wrote).

For video and audio recordings, you may send us the recording as a file or provide a link to where the file is hosted online. 

If the recording is quite long (for example, a whole play) please identify a short section that you feel best represents your work – i.e. if you sent us a link to a recording of a full length play, you could say “Please watch the section from 48 minutes – 56 minutes.”

The writing examples can be previous plays you have written but they could also be poetry, literature, comedy or anything else creative.

Please do not submit journalistic or academic writing – we want you to demonstrate your storytelling and creative skills.

Apply now

To apply for this opportunity please complete the application form, available at the button below.

Once you have completed the application form, you will be prompted to complete our Equal Opportunities Form. The data collected in this form is required by our main funder, Creative Scotland, but is collected anonymously.

If this application process is not accessible for you please email and we will work with you to find a solution.

DEADLINE: Midnight, Sunday 22 November