You’ve got to be Ballsy

Stories from the Front Line of Cerebral Palsy

You’ve got to be Ballsy: Stories from the Front Line of Cerebral Palsy is a film that investigates the experiences of young people with CP living in 2018.

The film is presented by a young comedian with CP, Jack Hunter, and follows Jack as he speaks with a number of young people about the positive and negative ways that CP has impacted on their lives. In parallel, Jack was also given mentoring by professional comedian with CP, Laurence Clark, who helped Jack develop material for a comedy routine.

BOP knows from its own research (Barriers) and from conversations with Bobath Scotland that young disabled people and young people with CP do not experience equality of access to the arts as audiences, participants or developing artists.  Neither do they have the opportunity to have time and space to explore issues of identity and perceptions around cerebral palsy outside service specific environments. This film helps detail some of the ways this actually manifests for people.

Above is the trailer, the full film will become available very soon.

You’ve got to be Ballsy was funded by RS Macdonald Trust and supported by National Theatre of Scotland and Bobath Scotland. It was made by Francisco M. Mallo.

Why did we make it?

In 2018, BOP made a production with National Theatre of Scotland called My Left/Right Foot – The Musical. This show is about an amateur dramatic society who are tired of never winning the revered One Act Play Competition. When they discover you can get bonus points for embracing themes of inclusiveness, they decide to put on a stage version of the 1989 film My Left Foot, a film about the Irish writer Christy Brown – who had cerebral palsy – played by the actor Daniel Day-Lewis (who does not have CP).

Robert Softley Gale was inspired to write My Left/Right Foot – The Musical because of his personal experience of growing up as a young person with CP at the same time the film My Left Foot was released.

As a young boy with cerebral palsy, the film of My Left Foot in 1989 was the first time I’d seen a character with the same impairment as me in mainstream culture. My mum raved about Daniel Day-Lewis’s brilliant performance and how “he’s just so like you”. But what could I really take from this portrayal of a disabled person by a non-disabled actor?

Such depictions of disability that litter our culture reinforce ideas that disabled people are victims, trapped inside bodies and in need of pity. What does this do for disabled people in 2019?

Robert Softley Gale, Writer / Director: My Left/Right Foot – The Musical

During rehearsals we became aware that Robert’s experience of growing up with CP as a young person in the 1980s would be completely different to the experience of young people with CP growing up in 2018. This film was created as a way of capturing what their experiences actually are.

Credits

Made by Francisco M. Mallo

Presented by Jack Hunter

Featuring interviews with Sam Agnew, Laurence Clark, Matthew Duckett, Bernie Hunter, Rebecca Nicholson, Grace Skinner, Robert Softley Gale.

Featuring footage from My Left/Right Foot – The Musical written and directed by Robert Softley Gale, with music and lyrics by Richard Thomas, and Scott Gilmour & Claire McKenzie.

____ is where the heart is

created by Heather Marshall

produced by Birds of Paradise and Creative Electric

in association with Argyll Arts Collective and The Touring Network

commissioned as part of the BRAW initiative

available for touring across Scotland in spring 2019

I saw it on tv. Amish teenagers, when they turn 18, go on a right of passage to the city. They go for a year and try all the things they don’t have at home – clubs, going to the cinema, shopping centres, trains… And if they like it they stay and if they don’t then they go back to their families and are baptised into the Amish faith.

I feel like that’s what I need. I love it here, its beautiful, but how can I know who I am and how I want to live until I’ve experienced other ways of life? It’s a case of unrequited love.

‘_____ is where the heart is’ is a tale of displacement and identity that weaves stories from local audiences into its narrative to create a play that resonates with each community it visits.

My city and me.
I want change.
A place with real people.
Who stop and smile and say hello.
Who know me.
Really know me.

Participants will be invited to the ‘_____ is where the heart is’ pop up recording studio to record stories and memories of their home- the people who make it special, the local folklore and the moments that have gone down in local history.

These stories will then be incorporated into the performance – each community will have a performance that is entirely unique to them.

To register your interest in programming a performance of the show please email michelle@boptheatre.co.uk

What can I expect if I book it?

BOP can be resident in your community for between 2-7 days prior to performances. This allows community members to build a relationship with the company, create unique work that will feature in the final performances and have ownership of the production.

We recommend a minimum of two days in each community- one day for the company to gather stories and the second as the performance day. However the more time we have within your community the richer the final performance will be.

Workshops can take the following formats and are adaptable to suit your community:

Workshop examples

  • Pop up recording studios: open to everyone. People can drop in over a three hour period and record their memories prompted by stimulus and question cards. Perfect for people who like to work independently or are unsure about committing to a full workshop. Recordings can be any length and participants are welcome to visit multiple times.
    Drop in: 3 hrs 
  • Reminiscence workshops: particularly suited for lunch clubs, supported accommodation, nursing homes and activity groups for elder members of the community. These workshops are facilitated by an artist and encourage participants to share memories of growing up in the local area with a focus on variety performance & cinema, family life & expectations and dating & the dancing. These workshops have previously been very popular with participants aged 60+ as they are relaxed and conversational.
    Running time 60-90 mins 
  • Creative writing and storytelling: these workshops start with either food or music as a stimulus and encourage participants to explore memories associated with the stimulus. They are supported by facilitators to create a short story either through creative writing or spoken word that can be performed by participants.
    This workshop is suitable for all ages and can be facilitated in nurseries, schools, youth & community groups.
    Running time 60-90 mins 

SHOW DETAILS

Performance running time: 40-50 mins (dependent on material collected). Up to two performances per day.

Performance Team: two performers, one director and one TSM. All company members hold enhanced PVG certificates.

Performance Space:_____ is where the heart is’ is an installation based performance that can be adapted to suit your venue. The installation will be set up on arrival at the venue and workshops can be offered in the space. Audiences are free to explore the installation prior to and post performance.

_____ is where the heart is’ can be thought of as a touring, interactive artwork that hosts two performances a day.

Further information available on The Tourbook

Images below are from development work on _____ is where the heart is’ , Lochgoilhead – January 2019

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Imaginate at BOP Artists

Imaginate at BOP Artists is a joint research and development project from BOP and Imaginate. The project will support a disabled artist based in Scotland to explore and develop a new theatre and/or dance performance idea for young audiences. The selected artist will have paid time and free space to research and develop their idea.

A man with short dark hair in full glam drag makeup lies on a zebra print rug. He is wearing tights and high heels.

Promotional image for ‘Wasted Youth’ by Jordy

After a call-out, we are delighted that the artist who will receive support is Edinburgh-based artist Jordy.  The support will include a development budget, space and a Go & See fund to see lots of performances.  Watch this space for more news……

Jordy is an artist based in Edinburgh, that works between Edinburgh and Glasgow creating performance based work that specialises in health and queer art.  His work looks at identity and persona in the art of drag and fantasy vs reality. His work also examines social norms and perception of self.

Jordy said

I am excited to be able to merge my experience as a Youth Arts Practitioner and Drag Artist in a production. I have been passionate for a while now to develop something that showcases drag for children to be able to see. In light of what is currently going on with education introducing an LGBT + curriculum, the timing feels right to produce a piece of theatre that demonstrates the spectrum of families and that ordinary doesn’t actually exist among us. By working with other artists and organisations in this project, I will be able to ensure that many voices are heard, which is something I feel is a necessity in this instance. My Mum and Dad said… will be a chance for an audience to learn about other families, other than the conventions of a heteronormative world we naturally are programmed to believe exists.

For this residency, Jordy will work on a new idea called My Mum and Dad said…

My Mum and Dad said… (working title)

A piece of interactive, drag theatre for young people exploring different families and people with no judgement.

Jordy’s work has included most recently Wasted Youth (January 2019), a one man show looking at Cystic Fibrosis and Drag; the Making Space programme in collaboration with SYT, creating “Love, Delta F508” (April 2019), a piece about lung transplants, and will be creating “My Mum and Dad said…” which focuses on the conventions of family life.

Imaginate at BOP Artists call-out (archive)

This opportunity does not have to take place at a specific time or location, Imaginate and BOP will work with the selected artist to identify the most accessible timeframe and location for the artist – however the work must take place in Scotland, at any time between April 2019 – March 2020.

OPPORTUNITY DETAILS:

  • A budget of £2000 to cover artist fees and materials for research and development time
  • Access to accessible development space suitable to your requirements – for a maximum of 14 days, used in the way the best serves you
  • Access to Go & See funding of up to £150, enabling you to go and see relevant work – including a bespoke package at Edinburgh International Children’s Festival 2019.
  • Additional budget where required to cover access requirements
  • Access to support and advice from BOP and Imaginate staff

SELECTION CRITERIA

This is an opportunity for a disabled artist based in Scotland who is interested in exploring making theatre and/or dance for young audiences. (Our definition of disability includes if you are D/deaf or have a mental health condition.)

  • It is open to those who have experience of working with young audiences as well as those for whom this would be brand new.
  • It is open to artists at all stages of their career.
  • It is open to all artists who identify as disabled – for a full description of how BOP define ‘disability’ please click here.

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • How exciting the panels find the idea the artist has proposed
  • How that idea would work for young audiences
  • How beneficial being selected will be to the artist’s career

OUTCOMES

This project will support to an artist to develop a performance idea but there is no expectation of what stage the idea will be in by the end of the project – you might have a scratch performance, or, you might have lots of notes that need continued development. You will be free to use the time and resources to develop your idea in the way that best suits you.

Despite providing support at this stage, neither BOP or Imaginate are able to commit to ongoing support of the idea going forward.

ACCESS

Access is at the heart of what BOP does, we will always work to ensure that the selected artist is able to work in an environment that is suitable for their specific access requirements. If you do have any access requirements, please detail them on the application form and we will work to accommodate them. Your access requirements should not be a reason that you cannot take part in this opportunity.

HOW TO APPLY

DEADLINE: 5pm on Monday 25th March 2019

You can complete the application form and answer our questions in a variety of ways:

  • Via the online form – link here
  • Using a paper form – email artists@boptheatre.co.uk  for a copy
  • Over the phone – 0141 552 1725 – we can talk to you and fill in the form
  • In person can be arranged if you require a scribe to work with you

Selection Process:
All applications will be considered by a panel including Robert Gale (Artistic Director/CEO, BOP), Fiona Ferguson (Creative Development Director, Imaginate) and a disabled freelance artist tbc.

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Imaginate is the national organisation in Scotland, which promotes, develops and celebrates theatre and dance for children and young people. Imaginate wants more children in Scotland to experience work that is deeply engaging, innovative and inspiring. We support artists with a year-round programme of creative development, including events, training, residencies, mentoring and special projects. We also produce the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival which showcases the best of children’s theatre and dance from around the world and is recognized as one of the best places for international programmers to see work of the very highest standard.

BOP Young Artists

BOP Young Artists is a new artist development initiative from Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, supported by The Robertson Trust.

Lead by BOP’s Development Officer, Morna McGeoch (go to BOP staff), from April until August 2019 the Young Artists will take part in a range of workshops and events that will develop their skills and knowledge in a range of performance based areas. These experiences will also contribute to furthering their professional development by aiding in the development of professional networks with organisations and individuals from across the sector in Scotland.

Some of these events include:

    • Access to Acting workshop led by Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), at Scottish Youth Theatre, in April 2019
    • Observing rehearsals of Birds of Paradise and National Theatre of Scotland’s ‘My Left/Right Foot: The Musical’ at NTS’ purpose-built home: Rockvilla, April 2019
    • Attending performances of ‘My Left Right Foot: The Musical’ at Dundee Rep, May 2019, and ‘Purposeless Movements’ as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, August 2019.

Stay tuned for further information of what the BOP Young Artists have been doing.

BOP-YA call out (archive)

  • BOP Young Artists is for any Glasgow based (or who can get to Glasgow) young person who has ideas in the performing arts or skills they would like to develop.  It could be that you have not been able to access other projects or it could be that you are involved in other things but are interested to meet other disabled young people in an accessible environment to explore ideas together.
  • The selected group of young people will meet to take part in regular group workshops.  The initiative will be organised by a Development Officer and they will work with you to plan projects and workshops based on what you want to learn together and the direction you want to go in.  We will shape the programme around the specific areas of interest of everybody involved. Some ideas of what the workshops could focus on are: storytelling; movement; playwriting; using music on stage. These are just ideas – we are very open to exploring any fields of interest that have a connection to performance. We hope that once a year you there will be a performance or event to share the ideas you have been working on.
  • We understand that some disabled people experience barriers preventing them from taking part in creative opportunities, so because of this we do not expect you to have taken part in previous creative opportunities. However, we do expect you to have a passion for creating performance – perhaps you love creating short films with your friends, or maybe you enjoy writing or taking photographs – all we are looking for people who have an interest in making creative work as part of a group.
  • BOP Young Artists is an artist development opportunity aimed at people who have experienced barriers in taking part in other artist development opportunities due to an impairment. We want this project to provide a space where young people with a passion for the performing arts can learn skills and develop their own creative practice, so they are better able to apply and take part in future creative opportunities. BOP wants to help nurture the future generation of talented disabled creatives.
  • BOP Young Artists is free for all people to take part, you will however have to arrange your own travel to and from the fortnightly workshops in Glasgow.
  • BOP will always work to whatever your access requirements are and we have a specific budget set aside to overcome any barriers that may have an associated cost – we do not want an individual’s access requirements to be a barrier that prevents them from taking part in BOP Young Artists.
  • BOP uses the term ‘disabled people’ or ‘disabled artists’ to refer to anyone who self-identifies as disabled. This includes people who are D/deaf or have a mental health condition. To see the full definition we use, please follow this link.

Any further questions, please contact Callum at callum@boptheatre.co.uk or 0141 552 1725

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BOP turns 25 – December: Robert Softley Gale

 

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.

Robert is Artistic Director of Birds of Paradise. Robert is an established figure in the Scottish arts scene, with over ten years of experience in diverse roles including disability rights activist, actor and performer, writer, artistic director and advocate of equality of access to the arts for disabled people. Robert has appeared in many productions and has developed his own artistic practice – including instigating, co-writing and performing in ‘Girl X’ for the National Theatre of Scotland, directed by Pol Heyvaert of Belgium’s Campo. His award-winning writing debut and solo performance – ‘If These Spasms Could Speak’ – was a hit of the 2013 Made in Scotland programme and has subsequently toured internationally to countries including Brazil and India.

BOP turns 25: November – Johnny McKnight

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.

Johnny McKnight trained at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He works as a writer, director, performer and educator. His work has taken him throughout Scotland, London, Cardiff, Czech Republic, Madrid, Valencia, Singapore and New York. He has been described as the new ‘vanguard’ of pantomime in the national press, having written 14 contemporary pantomimes. He is also the author of several education publications for Scottish Opera and RSCS. Johnny wrote BOP’s hit show Wendy Hoose, co-directed by Johnny and BOP Artistic Director Robert Gale.

BOP in Rwanda

A group of 16 people are posing for a photo. The photo has been taken at a training session BOP was running in Rwanda for the British Council. Most of the people are black but there are four white people. One lady is using crutches and Robert from BOP is in his wheelchair, in the centre of the picture (how does he always manage that). Everyone is smiling and some people have their hands raised waving at the camera.In 2018, BOP had the pleasure of being invited by the British Council to deliver a series of workshops in association with Amizero Dance Company & East Africa Nights of Tolerance Dance Festival. The aim of the work was to deliver capacity building workshops in Kigali, Rwanda, as part of the ongoing development work of East Africa Arts; a project working with artists and companies from across East Africa with a focus an cross-artform practice and disability equality.  East Africa Arts also promotes new art, shares skills of creatives and ignites partnerships between the UK and East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan).

This series of workshops happened between Kigali and Glasgow, throughout 2018 and the end result was a piece of performance that had been workshopped a lot and just needed time in rehearsal before it would be performed at the theatre festival in Uganda.

For more information about each of the weeks of work, please see below. For each week, there is a summary in the dropdown box and a detailed PDF document if you are interested in further reading.

Week 1: Kigali - Feb 2018

For the first week Robert Softley Gale (Artistic Director), Mairi Taylor (Executive Producer) and Rachel Drazek (Freelance Movement Artist) travelled from Scotland to Kigali to deliver a three-day workshop. Throughout the days BOP worked responsively with the group, shifting activity in response to the group’s learning needs.  To do this we drew on our the knowledge and on the established processes of the company – including artistic practises and knowledge around disability equality and artist development.

The aim of the workshop was to equip a group of disabled and non-disabled practitioners with the skills and knowledge required to co-devise work, informed by BOP’s own processes of devising/storytelling/movement which have been developed while creating accessible work in the UK.

The workshop was planned for 15 – 20 participants, including choreographer Wezley Ruzibiza (Director of Amizero Dance Company). Throughout the days BOP worked responsively with the group, shifting activity in response to the group’s learning needs.  To do this we drew on our the knowledge and on the established processes of the company – including artistic practises and knowledge around disability equality and artist development.

Throughout the days BOP worked responsively with the group, shifting activity in response to the group’s learning needs.  To do this we drew on our the knowledge and on the established processes of the company – including artistic practises and knowledge around disability equality and artist development.

At the end of the final day we – controversially – split the group into disabled and non-disabled groups to gather feedback.  This is not something that the company would normally do or encourage but there were several reasons on this occasion:

    • To directly challenge some persisting attitudes held by the non-disabled participants
    • To demonstrate to the non-disabled participants that disabled people deserve a space that is theirs
  • To provide the disabled participants with an opportunity to feedback and have a voice separate from the whole group

The results of this split discussion were very enlightening: the disabled group felt much more freely able to discuss their newly developed independence and confidence; the non-disabled group opened up about the preconceptions they had held before the workshops of the limitations of what disabled could do and how they should be treated.

For a more in depth analysis of the feedback from the two groups, and the other elements of the workshops, please read the full report below.

BOP & British Council: Rwanda Evaluation Report – February 2018

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Week 2: Glasgow - Sep 2018

The second series of workshops took place in Glasgow at National Theatre of Scotland’s headquarters Rockvilla. One of the artists BOP worked with in week 1 – Anisia Byukusenge – came to the UK.  This came about in part after an initial suggestion by BOP that a trip to the Unlimited Festival in London in September 2018 and time with BOP and other artists in Glasgow could have a big impact on the development of the artists.  Initially Valentine was also due to travel but sadly his Visa application was denied and Anisia was the only artist to come to the UK.

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Week 3: Kigali - Oct 2018

For week 3, Robert, Mairi and Rachel returned to Kigali to continue the work they had begun with the group of disabled artists they had met in February 2018.  During that initial visit the aim of the work had been to deliver capacity building workshops as part of the ongoing development work of East Africa Arts; a project working with artists and companies from across East Africa with a focus an cross-artform practice and disability equality.

The aim of this second week in Kigali was to work with 5 developing disabled artists, including Anisia, to create a performance using her poem My Journey is a Sign of Hope.  When initially discussed with the British Council in planning stages the aspirations for the week were not so clearly focused and started with more of a remit around professional development.  This morphed and became clearly focused over the summer, and following working with Anisia in Glasgow, and the British Council being able to find funds to bring Rachel out with Mairi and Robert.  This allowed the BOP team of three to work very intensely over the 5 days and to push everyone involved to realise the beginnings of a final performance.

There was an overarching aim of consolidating all that had gone before – pulling together threads and themes from across performances and with past fashion work being involved in the wider BC Rwanda Telling Stories project.  

The core material of the performance was Anisia’s poem and from this, alongside ideas and images developed in Glasgow, we started to work swiftly on exploring themes in the work, drawing from the skills and interests in the room to create a schedule that would result in a performance for sharing at the end of the five days.  We wanted to leave a structure that could be developed but ensure that the whole piece was mapped out and that those being left to oversee and perform it were confident in the content and the intent.

At the end of everyday the BOP team would plan the next day in response to what was developing in the room and with the final performance in Uganda very much in mind.  A schedule was provided every morning so that everyone knew what was planned for the day.

At the end of the five days we achieved:

    • A 20 minute in-progress performance that was ready to share
    • A script with blocking, movement cues, and design suggestions
    • Increased confidence in artists to contribute to creative and development process
    • Set, prop and design ideas discussed and left to realise
  • Rehearsal Director left with a rounded understanding of the work with the materials to rehearse and develop

Feedback with the artists about this final week revealed that the artists satisfied, and sometimes surprised, with how the performance had come together. Many of the artists expressed that when they began the workshops they hadn’t expected for the finished result to look so good. Also, everyone – even the access workers – felt they had learned a lot from each other, were exposed to new practices and would be able to take these new skills forward into other aspects of their lives.

For a more in depth analysis of the feedback from the two groups, and the other elements of the workshops, please read the full report below.

BOP & British Council: Rwanda Evaluation Report – October 2018

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FINAL THOUGHTS

At the end of our February 2018 report we commented:

We would also suggest looking at what the disabled artists may need in terms of training and developing technique. For example, many of them spoke with quiet voices and were clearly not familiar with being assertive within a performance environment. Voice coaching and similar classes would be hugely beneficial to the disabled artists in developing their careers.

We would recommend that translators are used in these situations – there were three plus languages in our workshops and it became a layered process communicating and understanding.”

On the October 2018 visit we noted major changes:

    • Confidence – vocal projection and presence in the room had greatly improved
    • Articulation  – being clear the group should be supported as independent artists
    • More discernible skills developing – artists holding show in their minds and supporting others
  • Lack of skills more apparent but identifiable so could be more easily supported

The artists are understandably lacking some  core skills that come with training – for instance the ability to hold and retain movement – but we can see that this is developing.

In conclusion BOP had a wonderful experience working with the artists Kigali and is very pleased with the processes we used and the journeys that the individuals went on.  We feel that we managed to foster an accessible and creative environment which left everyone with a desire to continue and a passion for the messages we delivered.

A major rationale for the February workshops was to create opportunities for more collaboration and also the space for the disabled artists to develop in a disabled-led environment – on our return we could feel this being realised.

What did BOP learn through this project?

    • The ongoing need to educate disabled and non-disabled people about the core principles of disability equality and to support disabled people to recognise and communicate their access requirements.
    • To be very mindful of language barriers in international settings
    • Timeframes impact on practice and dilute good practice when you are trying to work in an inclusive way
    • The power of building workshops and training around our productions
    • The power of moving between creative action and theoretical ideas to support each strand
    • There are challenges in working across cultures and not knowing what you don’t know
    • In a situation where you rely on translation you will never fully understand what is going on in the room but this does open up other avenues of communication
  • We can work successfully as a creative team in response to intensive conditions

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BOP turns 25 – October: Liz Gardiner

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.

Liz Gardiner is a Doctoral Researcher, artist, teacher and free-lance consultant specialising in cultural planning. As executive director of the cultural social enterprise charity, Fablevision, she develops and delivers case study examples in practice, starting with Birds of Paradise in the 1980’s, which Fablevision supported from inception to the establishment of BOP as an independent organisation.

BOP turns 25 – September: Liam Sinclair

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.

In October 2016 Liam took up post with the University of St Andrews as Artistic Director of the Byre Theatre. Prior to this he held the roles of Executive Producer for Scottish Dance Theatre; Artistic Director & CEO of Macrobert Arts Centre; Director of the Edinburgh Mela; and Head of YouthWorks Drama (Short Courses) for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, of which he is a graduate. He is Chair of the Board for Luminate, Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival, and stood down in 2015 from serving for 8 years as Chair of Birds of Paradise Theatre Company.

25th Anniversary Revue

Wednesday 31st October, 8pm – 11pm

 

Join BOP and friends at our 25th Anniversary Revue to celebrate 25 years of the company and to raise money for our young artist’s development work. We have had a fantastical year and want to have a get together with all our friends and supporters to celebrate the achievements of BOP and to get to know you better.

This will be a fabulous night of song, performance and comedy, hosted by the incredible Jess Thom (AKA Touretteshero), who you may have seen on Russel Howard’s Good News, delivering a TED Talk or starring in a BBC documentary Me, My Mouth and I about her critically acclaimed version of Samuel Beckett’s Not I.

Our 25th Anniversary Revue is a chance for us to meet up with our audiences, friends and partners and also a chance for us to fundraise towards project work.  To help us cover the costs of the event and aim to raise some project money we are asking for a ticket price of £20 but there is also an option to Pay What You Can option because we want the event to be as accessible as possible. It will be held at Deaf Connections, 100 Norfolk Street, Glasgow, G5 9EJ




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THE LINE UP:

Laurence Clark

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 and ridiculousness of human behaviour by seeing the world through his eyes with humour and warmth.

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Harry Josephine Giles

Harry Josephine Giles will perform energetic poems veering between the daft and the dangerous, the political and the playful.

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Sally Clay

Sally is a musician, composer and musical director, and will be performing some songs.

Oasissy: Monobrow World Tour

We are Oasissy: the greatest – and queerestest – Oasis tribute act of all time. We have studied the manuscripts of Oasis’ back catalogue, embodied the Gallagher swagger and now we have a message for the people – a message that will be revealed at the GIG OF A LIFETIME.

Leah Francisco

A stand-up comedian performs in sign language fulfilling her dream to make people laugh as well as bringing Deaf Culture to mainstream audiences talking about her experiences of growing up in the hearing world. Leah will surely surprise you and bring tears to your ears or your eyes!

Dream World Theatre

We are Dream World Theatre, we are a strand of Garvald Edinburgh’s performance workshop. We make work that is (sometimes) loud, surreal and proud.  We made Clown Town- it is our newest, finest work. Clown Town is a show for a real live audience. It’s about getting things a bit wrong and a bit right. It’s about glitter and sweatbands and things that are too sexy for your cat. And dentistry. Tonight we meet The Magician, Mr Sweetie, The Assistant and The Dentist….

Toni Jerrett

Toni is using a mixture of spoken word and physical performance to portray her reaction to the current news cycle surrounding women and the #MeToo movement.

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Plus win yourself some prizes in our raffle and auction, hosted by Creative Electric’s resident queens Chanel and Nick. Internationally celebrated bingo hosts-their credits include the nightly show on Seaman Ships, showgirls at Haggerston Castle and an ad campaign for Poundland. As renowned gold diggers, they’re experts in persuading punters to part with their cash. But this time they’ll be doing it all in the name of BOP and gold plated wheelchairs!

Get your hands on goodies from: Tron Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, Capital Theatres, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Nairns Oatcakes, Pickering’s Gin, West Beer, Valhalla’s Goat, Greggs, Dear Green Coffee, Rockstar Games PLUS MORE

ACCESS

The event will be BSL interpreted, audio described and have a live electronic note taker.

Due to the content of some performances and the raffle prizes this event is for people aged 18+

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

  • On-street parking in the local streets will be available.
  • The nearest Subway train station is Bridge Street. This is a 3-minute walk from Deaf Connection. Exit onto Eglinton Street and take the first right onto Norfolk Street.
  • The nearest train station is either Glasgow Central or Argyle Street. Both are a 10-minute walk or 3-minute taxi journey to Deaf Connections.

What access provisions does the venue have?

  • Level access entrance is around the back of the building – this will be clearly signposted.
  • There is an accessible bathroom.
  • Additional access information will be available on our website closer to the event.

BOP turns 25 – August: Alasdair Gray

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.

Alasdair Gray is one of Scotland’s most prolific and iconic creatives. As an author he has written book, plays and poetry – his totemic novel Lanark was recently adapted for the stage by Citizens Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival. As an artist he has built up a hugely acclaimed collection of drawings and paintings; a retrospective of his work was exhibited at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in 2014. His play Working Legs was written for BOP in 1998.

My Left/Right Foot

by Robert Softley Gale
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After a sell out success at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, Birds of Paradise and National Theatre of Scotland present an updated version of their hilarious new musical for a new tour.

25th – 26th April at Alhambra, Dunfermline

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2nd – 3rd May at Shizuoka Arts Theatre, Japan

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14th – 18th May at Brighton Festival

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21st – 25th May at Dundee Rep Theatre

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The local am-dram society is under pressure to comply with the equalities agenda. They come up with a cunning plan to create a gripping show starring ‘the disabled’. What could be better than the Oscar-winning ‘My Left Foot’? The only snag is they’re having real trouble finding any disabled actors – but that never stopped Daniel Day-Lewis!

In the world of amateur theatre, winning the one-act festival isn’t a matter of life and death – it’s much more important. Throw in a few love triangles and throw out political correctness, all the drama happens behind the curtains.

Awards from Edinburgh Festival 2018: Scotsman Fringe First 🏆 / Herald Angel 🏆 / Broadway World – Best New Musical 🏆

Written and directed by Robert Softley Gale, co-director of Wendy Hoose and creator of If These Spasms Could Speak and Blanche & Butch.

Music and lyrics by Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer – The Opera) and award-winning partnership Scott Gilmour & Claire McKenzie (The Snow Queen).

ACCESS INFORMATION

All performances are made accessible through integrated BSL, verbal description and captions.

There are relaxed performances at Brighton Festival on May 16th at 7.30pm & at Dundee Rep Theatre on May 25th at 2.30pm

BSL trailer

Audio Flyer

Character Descriptions

Set Description

Click on the below link for a description of the set for My Left/Right Foot – The Musical. The document is accessible to screen-readers. Set Description

Visual Guides

These Visual Guides are for any audience members who would like information including: what the different parts of the venue will look like (box office, toilets, foyer); what to expect from the production (pictures of each character, an explanation of key moments from the script)

Visual Guide – Brighton Festival

Visual Guide – Dundee Rep Theatre

2019 CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Cast

Richard Conlon : Ian
Christopher Imbrosciano : Chris
Natalie MacDonald : Nat
Katie Barnett : Amy
Neil Thomas : Grant
Shannon Swan : Gillian
Gail Watson : Sheena
Alex Parker : Alex

Creative Team

Robert Softley Gale : Writer / Director
Richard Thomas : Music & Lyrics
Claire McKenzie : Additional Music
Scott Gilmour : Additional Lyrics
Rachel Drazek : Choreographer
Mairi Taylor : Dramaturg / Creative Producer
Alex Parker : Musical Director
Natalie MacDonald : Performance Interpreter / BSL Translation
Rebecca Hamilton : Set & Costume Designer
Grant Anderson : Lighting Designer
Lewis den Hertog : Animation Designer
Laurence Owen : Music Arrangement and Production
Laura Donnelly CDG : Casting Director
Judith Drake : Academic Theatre Consultant

Production Team

Niall Black : Production Manager
Emma Skaer : Stage Manager
Andy Stuart : Sound Operator
Andy Reid : AV Operator
Katy Lonsdale : Costume Supervisor

For BOP Theatre

Robert Softley Gale : Artistic Director
Mairi Taylor : Executive Producer
Michelle Rolfe : Producer
Callum Madge : Engagement & Office Manager

READ: An interview with Christopher Imbrosciano in The Herald

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“…hilarious; the gags are close to the bone”
★★★★★ The List

“…perfectly pitched, gloriously irreverent and fantastically funny”
★★★★★ Fest

“…a riotously funny, often potty-mouthed take-down of actorly pretensions”
★★★★★ Evening Standard

“It’s smart work, beady-eyed and deliberately outrageous.”
★★★★ The Independent

“…clever, heartfelt, funny, often refreshingly filthy and brilliantly performed”
★★★★ The Scotsman

“…a scurrilous but schmaltzy affair that kicks received notions of disability well into touch.”
★★★★ The Herald

REVIEWS

Feature Review The Guardian

★★★★★ Sunday Post

★★★★★ Musical Theatre Review

★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

★★★★★ Broadway Baby

★★★★★ Broadway World

★★★★★ Fringe Guru

★★★★★ Musical Theatre Musings

★★★★★ Mind the Blog

★★★★★ Young Perspective

★★★★★ UK Theatre Network

★★★★★ Across the Arts

★★★★★ Mind the Blog

★★★★★ My Theatre Mates

★★★★★ Daily Mail (print only)

★★★★ The Times

★★★★ The Skinny

★★★★ WhatsOnStage

★★★★ The Wee Review

★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ Deadline News

★★★★ The Student Newspaper


INTERVIEWS

Interview with Robert Gale:

The Scotsman

Interview with Robert Gale:

The Herald

Interview with Robert Gale: 

The Stage

Interview with Robert Gale:

Broadway World

Interview with Robert Gale and Mairi Taylor:

The Skinny

BIOS

Robert Softley Gale : Writer / Director

Robert Softley Gale headshot

Robert is an established figure in the Scottish arts scene. His professional acting debut was in 2002 and since then he has appeared in many productions – including co-writing and performing in Girl X for National Theatre of Scotland. His award-winning solo performance – If These Spasms Could Speak – was a hit of the 2013 Made in Scotland programme and has subsequently toured internationally to countries including Brazil, Estonia, the USA, Ireland and India. For BOP he has directed the smash-hit sex comedy Wendy Hoose and Purposeless Movements, for which he was nominated for a CATS Best Director award.

Richard Conlon : Actor

Richard trained at Queen Margaret University College.

Richard was involved in a number of award-winning productions including: The

Belle’s Stratagem which won Best Ensemble at The Critics’ Awards for Theatre in

Scotland 2018; and My Left Right Foot which won both a Fringe First Award and a

Herald Angel Award in the Edinburgh Festival 2018.

Recent theatre credits include: Spuds (Glasgow Oran Mor); My Left Right Foot (National Theatre of Scotland/Birds of Paradise TC); Rachel’s Cousins (Edinburgh Traverse/Glasgow Oran Mor); The Whip Hand (Edinburgh Traverse/Birmingham Rep); God of Carnage and Harold & Maude (both Glasgow Tron); The Belle’s Stratagem; JumpyThe IliadThe CrucibleA View From The BridgeThe Merchant of VeniceA Christmas Carol and As You Like It (all Edinburgh Lyceum); Fat Alice (Glasgow Oran Mor/Aberdeen Lemon Tree/Edinburgh Traverse); Propaganda Swing (Nottingham Playhouse/Coventry Belgrade); Aladdin and Jack & The Beanstalk (both Edinburgh Brunton); Woman in Mind (Dundee Rep/Birmingham Rep); And Then There Were None (Dundee Rep); Macbeth (Perth Theatre); Ane Pleasant Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis (ABandC Theatre);SpudsRight NowPrivate LivesSt. Catherine’s DayThe Importance of Being Alfred and The Matinee Idle (all Glasgow Oran Mor); Smalltown (Random Accomplice); Zorro and Peter Pan (both Visible Fictions); Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (Paines Plough/Glasgow Oran Mor); First You’re Born (Plutot la Vie); Great Expectations (Prime Productions); Brightwater (Mull Theatre); Macbeth (National Theatre of Scotland’s Elgin Project); Cat on A Hot Tin RoofThe Glass Menagerie and Woman in Black (all St. Andrew’s Byre). Richard was also an original member of the Dundee Rep Ensemble, with productions including All My SonsA Family AffairThe PlagueCabaret; and Flora The Red Menace, amongst others. He also returned to play Pirelli in Sweeney Todd.

Richard’s television and film credits include: Garrow’s Law (Shed Media/BBC); PC Elliott in Low Winter Sun (Tiger Aspect for Channel 4); Age of Genius (BBC); The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle (BBC); High Road (ITV); Taggart (ITV) and Bad Boys (BBC).

Aside from his many roles on stage and screen, he has also performed on several BBC radio broadcasts including comedies: The Ellis & Clark Show and The Knox Factor and dramas: Brothers; 44 Scotland Street; Rebus: The Black BookRough Magic; The Dead HourA Second LifeThe Lady Detectives; and Benedict’s Rule.

Katie Barnett : Actor

Katie graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2016.

Her previous work with National Theatre of Scotland includes the Olivier Award Winning Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (The Duke of York’s Theatre, London). Other theatre works include Hay Fever (Royal Lyceum Theatre/Citizen Theatre), Chick Whittington and Weans in the Wood (Macrobert Arts Centre), Scarfed for Life (Citizens Theatre), Butterfly Kiss (Scottish Tour), Supply (Oran Mor), A Bit of a Dick Whittington (Oran Mor), Theatre Uncut (Traverse), Shark in the Park (Macrobert Arts Centre/UK Tour).

Natalie MacDonald : Actor/Performance Interpreter

NATALIE MACDONALD  studied theatre at Langside College and RSMAD (RCS), then Interpreting Studies in British Sign Language to English, at Herriot Watt University. Natalie registered with Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) 15 years ago and she has worked all over Scotland as a freelance interpreter, performer, director and theatre maker.  She specialises in making theatre creatively accessible for Deaf Audiences with interpreting and integrated BSL performances. Natalie believes that ALL theatre can be enhanced by BSL. Some of Natalie’s previous work includes, Birds of Paradise, Solar Bear, NTS, Independance, Poorboy, Graeae, Communicado, RCS, Random Accomplice and Ramesh Meyyappan to name but a few.

Christopher Imbrosciano : Actor

Christopher last performed in the UK in 2015. He made his West End debut in Teddy Ferrara at Donmar Warehouse. As an American actor he has appeared all over the United States. He has performed Off-Broadway in Agatha Christie‘s The Unexpected Guest, and Inside/Out…Voices from the Disability Community. His regional theater credits include Teenage Dick (Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland) Teddy Ferrara (Goodman Theatre, Chicago) Romeo & Juliet (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Massachusetts), Inside/Out (The Kennedy Center, Washington DC), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Guild Hall, New York), Rock Doves (Adrienne Theatre, Philadelphia). TV/Film: The Good Wife, and Ben Comen.

Shannon Swan : Actor

Shannon Swan trained at the Dance School of Scotland (Music Theatre course) and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her theatre work includes Glasgow Girls (2016/17 and 2019 tours) and Glory on Earth (Royal Lyceum). Television work includes Outlander and BBC’s Children in Need. Her work while training includes Return to the Forbidden Planet (SWG3), Merrily We Roll Along (Chandler Studio, RCS) and Cabaret (New Athenauem, RCS). Shannon is also a singer-songwriter and has performed in many concerts including Susan Boyle in Concert.

Neil Thomas : Actor

Neil Thomas graduated from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, in 2006 with a BA in Acting. Since graduating Neil has worked in theatre in the UK and internationally, touring regularly to the United States and Canada, playing in cities such as: West Palm Beach; Las Vegas; Calgary; Vancouver; Los Angeles and New York City. In the UK, Neil has appeared in many theatre productions over the past thirteen years, including various Scottish touring and Edinburgh Fringe shows. As well as enjoying several runs with Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, appearing in productions as diverse as ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Neil has also worked on productions at Dundee Rep and Oran Mor, amongst others. Appearances in musicals include: ‘Company’; ‘Clinton The Musical’; ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and the Visible Fictions/Scottish Opera co-production ‘Clockwork’, based on Philip Pullman’s acclaimed children’s novel.

Neil has performed in many Christmas shows and pantomimes over the years, at theatres including: The Tron, Glasgow; The Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh and The Websters Theatre, Glasgow. Neil has contributed both on-screen and as a voice artist for television in the UK, and most recently appeared in Season 4 of the Sony/Starz TV show, ‘Outlander’.

Voice-over work includes a variety of independent animated films, voice work for websites and regular work for radio advertising and for the Royal Bank of Scotland. He also regularly sings in cabarets and musical theatre revue shows around Scotland, both in major theatres and for corporate events.

Gail Watson : Actor

Gail was born and raised in Bonnyrigg near Edinburgh where she lives with her husband and 2 sons. She has worked for 23 years as an Actor. Gail has had the pleasure of working with companies such as Grid Iron, Communicado, National theatre of Scotland, appeared in many productions at Traverse, Royal lyceum, The Edinburgh Kings and Edinburgh Festival Theatre Eden court, Pitlochry Festival,Perth rep, The Byre theatre, Oran Mor, Nottingham playhouse, Notthcott Theatre Exeter. Gail was a part of Dundee Rep ensemble, and Toured many shows over the years. She was in Morag Fullarton’s hit show Doris and Dolly and the Dressing room Divas at the Oran Mor and Edinburgh Festival, which will return to the Rose Theatre for Gilded Balloon in winter 2018. Also Played Patsy Cline in her production Bottle of wine and Patsy cline’ for Oran Mor/Gilded Balloon. She was nominated for best actress at the Edinburgh festival for her performance in Barflies. This is the first time working for BOP, and has enjoyed every part of the process.

Her television work includes Shetland, In plain sight, Mrs McColl in BBC katie Morag, Taggart, Still Game, Scottish Killers, Tesco advert ‘Helens leg of lamb’, River City, Gary Tank Commander, Crowdie and Cream, Wedding Belles, The Near Room Blue Haven (comedy pilot) and Bob Servant Independent.

Alex Parker : On Stage Musician / Musical Director

Alex graduated from Birmingham University in 2012 with a BMus Honours degree in music.

His musical director credits include Sweet Charity (Pimlico Opera), BarnumThe Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (Menier), Wonderland (UK Tour), A Little Night Music 40th Anniversary Concert (Palace), South Pacific (Cadogan Hall), Merrily We Roll AlongSunset BoulevardFollies (Yvonne Arnaud), The Whatsonstage Awards 2015- present (Prince Of Wales). His assistant and associate musical director credits include West Side StoryOn The Town (BBC Proms), Les Miserables (Queens and Dubai Opera), Stephen Ward (Aldwych), The Pajama Game (Minerva) and Soho Cinders (Soho).

Alex produced and served as the musical supervisor to the London premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together at the St. James Theatre in 2013. He was also the musical supervisor for the London premiere of Workingat the Southwark Playhouse in 2017.

As a composer, Alex has written four musicals with his writing partner Katie Lam: AmDramAll AboardThe Railway Children and After You. The pair have recently been awarded the NYMT Emerging Artist’s Award and have been commissioned to write the company’s 2020 musical. He is also working on a musical adaptation of a book that was recently made into an Oscar-winning film.

His upcoming projects include My Left/Right Foot (National Theatre Of Scotland), The Color Purple (Curve) and Mame (Hope Mill).

Richard Thomas : Music & Lyrics

Richard Thomas is an Olivier and Rose D’Or winning composer and writer and is best known for writing and composing Jerry Springer: The Opera, which was the first-ever musical to win all four British ‘Best Musical’ awards. The show ran for 609 performances in London (National Theatre, Cambridge Theatre) and a UK national tour and continues to be performed regularly around the world including notable productions off-Broadway, and at Carnegie Hall, and the Sydney Opera House, Australia. Other notable credits include the libretto for hit opera Anna Nicole (Royal Opera House/BAM New York), the lyrics to Made in Dagenham (Adelphi West End), songs for Tracey Ullman’s recent sketch shows (BBC1 and HBO), Shoes (Sadler’s Wells/West End) and five half hour BBC2 Musicals, “Kombat Opera Presents..”

Claire McKenzie & Scott Gilmour : Additional Music & Lyrics

Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie are an award-winning musical theatre writing partnership otherwise known as Noisemaker.

Both graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the pair work throughout the UK and internationally creating innovative, original work to challenge the expectations of musical theatre. Scott and Claire have worked with a wide variety of companies including The National Theatre of Scotland, The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Sheffield Crucible, Dundee Rep, Citizens Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Channel 4 Films and The BBC.

Previous credits include: SONGS FROM THE SEVEN HILLS (Sheffield Crucible), CEILIDH (NOISE Opera/Sloans), ATLANTIC (Assembly/AMTP Northwestern, Chicago/Royal Conservatoire of Scotland- Herald Angel Award Winner 2017), LITTLE RED AND THE WOLF (Dundee Rep Theatre – Nominated for Best Production for Children and Young People UK Theatre Awards and Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2016), THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), FOREST BOY (NYMF, New York/The Other Palace, London/Edinburgh Fringe Assembly – Winner of S&S Award for Best Musical in Development, The NYMF 2016 Publishing Award), THE GIRL WHO (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse/Edinburgh Fringe Assembly), FREAKSHOW (The Roundhouse/ The Arches – Winner of the Scottish Daily Mail Drama Award 2012).

Upcoming Projects include: HI, MY NAME IS BEN is international co production currently in development between Noisemaker, Dundee Rep and the prestigious Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. Based on an incredible true story, HI, MY NAME IS BEN has a concert performance at Dundee Rep in later this year before opening at Goodspeed in Spring 2019. The pair are also working with acclaimed Scottish band Belle & Sebastian to develop their album, GOD HELP THE GIRL, into a live stage show. Scott and Claire were also recently selected as the New Voices 2017 – an award for emerging writers from across the globe chosen by New Musicals Inc. and Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment.

Rachel Drazek : Choreographer

Current projects alongside My Left/Right Foot include a large-scale outdoor performance piece for Gravity Fields Festival (Sept 2018), If we’ve never been to the Moon andThe Naughty Fox – both for The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.

Other credits include Digging for Victory (Watermill), Electra (The Bunker, London), Dido & Aeneas (Festival Voices London), 100 Years of War & Peace (Rosa Productions, Greenham Common), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Southwark Playhouse London), Purposeless Movements (BOP) & Hurricane Boy (Ellen Havard).

Within education & community contexts Rachel is Performance Coach for Post-Graduate Creative Musicians at Leeds College of Music (LCoM), and recently travelled to Rwanda with BOP & The British Council.

She trained in Acting at GSA Conservatoire, and UCLAN for an MA in Somatic Movement.

Rebecca Hamilton : Set & Costume Designer

Rebecca trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2006) where shespecialised in set and costume design and scenic painting. She works as a freelance designer, model maker and scenic artist.

Design credits include: Flight – Vox Motus, Beyond the Lake – Rising Dawn Pictures, Bunny – Hopscotch Films, The Inescapable Arrival of Lazlo Petushki – Outland/Hidden Tiger Productions, MagicFest Gala – Edinburgh International Magic Festival, Tin Forest – National Theatre of Scotland, Station Stories – Cryptic, In Time O’ Strife – National Theatre of Scotland. Scenic painting credits: Outlander – Left Bank Pictures, The Edinburgh Dungeon, The 306: Dawn – National Theatre of Scotland, Eve – CBBC, Tommy’s Honour – Tommy’s Honour Productions, A Christmas Carol – National Theatre of Scotland,Dragon – Vox Motus. Model making credits: Flight – Vox Motus, The Inescapable Arrival of Lazlo Petushki – Outland/Hidden Tiger Productions, Calculating Ada – BBC, Tin Forest – National Theatre of Scotland, Wallace – The Arches/National Theatre.

Grant Anderson : Lighting Designer

Grant Anderson Headshot

Grant studied lighting design at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and graduated receiving the Dean of Drama Award for Best Individual Work.
Grant has also designed extensively for the Scottish Events Industry, including Botanic Lights 2015 Seasons In Colour and 2016 EXPLORE, (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh); Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Torchlight Procession & Street Party, including the 2017 Midnight Moment. As well as designing in the UK, Grant’s work has transferred internationally to New York, Beijing, Madrid, Valencia and Rio.

Selected credits include: Wendy Hoose, Blanch & Butch, The Tin Soldier (Birds of Paradise); One Mississippi, Submarine Time Machine, To Begin (National Theatre of Scotland & NTS Learn); Little Red And The Wolf, Freak Show, Forest Boy, The Girl Who (Noisemaker); Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs (Edinburgh International Festival); The Broons national tour (Sell A Door); Cuttin’ A Rug, Simon’s Magical Christmas Socks, Panic Patterns (Citizens Theatre); A Christmas Carol, Love Song, In My Father’s Words, Hecuba, Promises Promises, Baby Baby (Dundee Repertory Theatre); The Polar Bears Go Wild (Macrobert, Stirling); News Just In (Random Accomplice); And The Beat Goes On (Perth Theatre & Random Accomplice); Summer on Stage 2012 – 2016 (Lyceum Theatre); The Maw Broon Monologues (Tron Theatre); Without A Hitch (Room 2 Manoeuvre). Chess, Into The Woods, Cabaret, 9 to 5, Urinetown, Addams Family, Godspell, Avenue Q, Sunday In The Park With George, Company, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Wasted Love, Show Choir (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

Grant is a member of the Association of Lighting Designers. For further information on his work please visit www.grantanderson.design

Lewis den Hertog : Animation Designer

Lewis den Hertog is an artist based in Glasgow. He has been creating video and sound design for theatre for several years, recently he provided designs for Showtime From The Front Line (Mark Thomas, Lakin McCarthy), The Steadfast Tin Soldier (Birds Of Paradise), Jury Play (GridIron) and Velvet Evening Seance (Aberdeen Performing Arts). Other recent productions include The Divine Chaos Of Starry Things (Watch Your Head), Crude (GridIron), The Cheviot, The Stag, And The Black, Black Oil (Dundee Rep), and Escape Speed (Aberdeen Performing Arts). Lewis is also the technical coordinator for the Glasgow Short Film Festival and for Document Human Rights Film Festival.

Emma Skaer : Stage Manager

Emma has worked in Stage Management in Scottish Theatre for over 15 years after training at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. She has worked on varied shows from small scale Highlands and Islands tours to big International tours. Previous shows include, Let The Right One In, The James Plays, An Appointment with The Wickerman, The Bacchae, MacBeth, Enquirer, Adam (National Theatre of Scotland), The Book of Beasts, Hansel and Gretel, How to Fix a Broken Wing (Catherine Wheels Theatre Company), Sunshine on Leith, Equus, Sweeney Todd (Dundee Rep), and is really excited to be working with Robert Gale again after previously working with him on Girl X and If These Spasms Could Speak.

Andy Reid : AV Operator

“Andy is a freelance AV technician based in Glasgow.  He has toured across the UK and internationally, working with a great variety of Scottish and UK theatre companies including Vanishing Point, Grid Iron, and National Theatre of Scotland.”

Katy Lonsdale : Costume Supervisor

Katy graduated Performance Costume at Edinburgh College Of Art in 2003  and was a successful candidate for the BBC visions award securing a traineeship with the BBC’s costume designer, Frances Tempest.  She then went on to design and produce costumes and puppets for Blue boat Theatre and was costume designer and maker for the Yorkshire based Mikron Theatre company for several years. She has worked for National Theatre of Scotland on numerous productions, inter dispersed with smaller scale commissions for dance, short films and physical theatre.  Her recent work includes principal model maker and model painter on the award winning Vox Motus production, Flight and costume designer for the Outland/Hidden Tiger Productions short, The Innescapable Arrival Of Lazlo Petushki, which was a Scottish Bafta award winner.

Laurence Owen : Music Arrangement and Production

Laurence Owen is a composer, sound designer and performer. He was composer and musical director of Cat & Mouse (Village Underground), and sound designer for 1927’s Golem (Young Vic, Trafalgar Studios), for which he was nominated for a ProSound Award.

Laurence has co-written and performed four original Fringe musicals: Lullabies Of Pervland (2014), the Malcolm Hardee Award-winning Cinemusical (2015), Cinemusical High (2016) and The Time Machine (2017). Upcoming projects include Jekyll vs Hyde, winner of the 2019 Wilton’s Music Hall Fringe Foundations Award.

As a media composer, his clients include the BBC, Toyota, O2, Stella Artois, Embraer, Sipsmith, ARTE, The Beano, Historic Royal Palaces and the V&A Museum. His film credits include the Sundance Film Festival-selected White Morning, which earned him two award nominations at SoundTrack Cologne Festival.

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⬇️ My Left / Right Foot – The Musical (2018) ⬇️

Assembly Roxy: 1 – 27 August, part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

From Robert Softley Gale, co-director of Wendy Hoose and creator of If These Spasms Could Speak and Blanche & Butch. Original music by award-winning partnership Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie (Atlantic) with additional songs by Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer – The Opera). Birds of Paradise and National Theatre of Scotland present this hilarious new musical, celebrating BOP’s 25th anniversary.

Age guide: 16+ – contains strong language and strong humour!

Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase

Join the conversation: #MyLeftRightFoot

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Access Information


Audio Description, British Sign Language and Captions are integrated into every performance, and the venue has a loop system. The performance on Sunday 19th August will be Relaxed.

For further information about the Relaxed performance, please read, THIS DOCUMENT.

Booking information

  • Age guide: 16+
  • Contains strong language and strong humour!
  • Seating rake is steep
  • Hearing Loop best in rows 3,4,5 – see venue signage and ask staff if you need access to these rows
  • View of captions obstructed by cast in rows 1,2,3,4
  • If using BSL sit centre and from about row 6 to take in whole image of stage – interpreter is integrated and moves around stage.
  • Wheelchair spaces limited by venue to four per show – additional options to transfer
  • Wheelchair spaces cannot be booked online.  Fringe Access line booking options:

Phone: +44 (0) 131 226 0002 (10am – 6pm) / Email: accessbookings@edfringe.comTextphone: +44(0)7860 018 299

Pre-show accessibility information:

How to get there

The below video shows the most accessible route to Assembly Roxy, starting from Festival Theatre. For information on how to get to Festival Theatre please visit this page.

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FEEDBACK

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DEVELOPMENT

Click the link below for the transcript of a discussion with Bobath and BOP after watching a sharing of scenes and songs worked on during the MLRF development week in May.
Development Discussion Transcript

2018 CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Cast

Richard Conlon : Ian
Matthew Duckett : Chris
Natalie MacDonald : Nat
Louise McCarthy : Amy
John McLarnon : Grant
Dawn Sievewright : Gillian
Gail Watson : Sheena
Gavin Whitworth : Gav

Creative Team

Robert Softley Gale : Writer / Director
Emily Reutlinger : Associate Director
Claire McKenzie : Music
Scott Gilmour : Lyrics
Douglas Maxwell : Dramaturg
Richard Thomas : Additional Music & Lyrics
Gavin Whitworth : Musical Director
Rachel Drazek : Movement Director
Natalie MacDonald : Performance Interpreter / BSL Translation
Rebecca Hamilton : Set & Costume Designer
Grant Anderson : Lighting Designer
Lewis den Hertog : Animation Designer
Laura Donnelly CDG : Casting Director
Judith Drake : Academic Theatre Consultant

Production Team

Niall Black : Production Manager
Emma Skaer : Stage Manager
Nic Reilly : Assistant Stage Manager
Andy Stuart : Sound Operator
Andy Reid : AV Operator
Katy Lonsdale : Costume Supervisor
Guy Coletta : Production Sound Engineer

For BOP Theatre

Robert Softley Gale : Artistic Director
Mairi Taylor : Executive Producer
Michelle Rolfe : Producer
Callum Madge : Projects Officer

BIOS

Robert Softley Gale : Writer / Director

Robert Softley Gale headshot

Robert is an established figure in the Scottish arts scene. His professional acting debut was in 2002 and since then he has appeared in many productions – including co-writing and performing in Girl X for National Theatre of Scotland. His award-winning solo performance – If These Spasms Could Speak – was a hit of the 2013 Made in Scotland programme and has subsequently toured internationally to countries including Brazil, Estonia, the USA, Ireland and India. For BOP he has directed the smash-hit sex comedy Wendy Hoose and Purposeless Movements, for which he was nominated for a CATS Best Director award.

Richard Conlon : Actor

Richard trained at Queen Margaret University College.

Richard was involved in a number of award-winning productions including: The

Belle’s Stratagem which won Best Ensemble at The Critics’ Awards for Theatre in

Scotland 2018; and My Left Right Foot which won both a Fringe First Award and a

Herald Angel Award in the Edinburgh Festival 2018.

Recent theatre credits include: Spuds (Glasgow Oran Mor); My Left Right Foot (National Theatre of Scotland/Birds of Paradise TC); Rachel’s Cousins (Edinburgh Traverse/Glasgow Oran Mor); The Whip Hand (Edinburgh Traverse/Birmingham Rep); God of Carnage and Harold & Maude (both Glasgow Tron); The Belle’s Stratagem; JumpyThe IliadThe CrucibleA View From The BridgeThe Merchant of VeniceA Christmas Carol and As You Like It (all Edinburgh Lyceum); Fat Alice (Glasgow Oran Mor/Aberdeen Lemon Tree/Edinburgh Traverse); Propaganda Swing (Nottingham Playhouse/Coventry Belgrade); Aladdin and Jack & The Beanstalk (both Edinburgh Brunton); Woman in Mind (Dundee Rep/Birmingham Rep); And Then There Were None (Dundee Rep); Macbeth (Perth Theatre); Ane Pleasant Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis (ABandC Theatre);SpudsRight NowPrivate LivesSt. Catherine’s DayThe Importance of Being Alfred and The Matinee Idle (all Glasgow Oran Mor); Smalltown (Random Accomplice); Zorro and Peter Pan (both Visible Fictions); Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (Paines Plough/Glasgow Oran Mor); First You’re Born (Plutot la Vie); Great Expectations (Prime Productions); Brightwater (Mull Theatre); Macbeth (National Theatre of Scotland’s Elgin Project); Cat on A Hot Tin RoofThe Glass Menagerie and Woman in Black (all St. Andrew’s Byre). Richard was also an original member of the Dundee Rep Ensemble, with productions including All My SonsA Family AffairThe PlagueCabaret; and Flora The Red Menace, amongst others. He also returned to play Pirelli in Sweeney Todd.

Richard’s television and film credits include: Garrow’s Law (Shed Media/BBC); PC Elliott in Low Winter Sun (Tiger Aspect for Channel 4); Age of Genius (BBC); The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle (BBC); High Road (ITV); Taggart (ITV) and Bad Boys (BBC).

Aside from his many roles on stage and screen, he has also performed on several BBC radio broadcasts including comedies: The Ellis & Clark Show and The Knox Factor and dramas: Brothers; 44 Scotland Street; Rebus: The Black BookRough Magic; The Dead HourA Second LifeThe Lady Detectives; and Benedict’s Rule.

Matthew Duckett : Actor

Matthew Duckett trained in Classical Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has worked extensively throughout the UK, and is excited to be working on Birds of Paradise’s current venture.

Theatre credits include: Matt (Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), National Production Company) Banquo (Macbeth, National Production Company), Tommo Peaceful (Private Peaceful, National Production Company), Thomas Montgomery and Sir Frederick Smith (Pacifists and Protestors, Gloucester Theatre Company), Multiple characters (The London Dungeon, Merlin PLC), Henry Soames and Roger (Notes From Underground, Traffic of the Stage Theatre), Multiple roles (Shakespeare! Live, Traffic of the Stage Theatre), Sir Amyas Paulet (Mary Stuart, Embassy Theatre, RCSSD) Lucentio (The Taming of the Shrew, Webber Douglas, RCSSD), Corny Collins (Hairspray, Rugby Theatre), Tom Collins (RENT!, Rugby Theatre), Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rugby Theatre – RSC Open Stages).

Natalie MacDonald : Actor/Performance Interpreter

NATALIE MACDONALD  studied theatre at Langside College and RSMAD (RCS), then Interpreting Studies in British Sign Language to English, at Herriot Watt University. Natalie registered with Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) 15 years ago and she has worked all over Scotland as a freelance interpreter, performer, director and theatre maker.  She specialises in making theatre creatively accessible for Deaf Audiences with interpreting and integrated BSL performances. Natalie believes that ALL theatre can be enhanced by BSL. Some of Natalie’s previous work includes, Birds of Paradise, Solar Bear, NTS, Independance, Poorboy, Graeae, Communicado, RCS, Random Accomplice and Ramesh Meyyappan to name but a few.

Louise McCarthy : Actor

Louise is originally from Glasgow. After finishing high school she went straight on to train as an actress at The Arts Educational School, London. After graduating Louise went on to play one of the principal roles “Lisa” in Mamma Mia in London’s West End. (Prince Of Wales Theatre London). Other theatre work includes, Yer Granny, Men Should Weep (National Theatre Scotland), Cutting A Rug (Citizens Theatre) For which she was nominated as best actress at the 2017 CATS AWARDS. The DOLLS Abroad (U.K and Scottish Tour) Louise and her Comedy partner Gayle both co/wrote and starred in the show which recently won ENTS24 #1 rising comedy show in the U.K. The girls where also nominated for Best Double Act at this years Great British Panto Awards. Much Ado About Nothing (Bard In the Botanics), Three Sisters, Peter Panto and the Incredible Stinkerbell, Sleeping Betty, Snaw Queen (Tron), The Trouble with Double, Role Shift (Oran Mor), Jaqueranda, Sleeping Beauty (Perth Theatre), Bingo The Musical (Stellar Quines).

Television Credits includes, Stacey Stone, Raptures (CBBC), Sketchland, What’s Funny About the Indyref (BBC Scotland), Scot Squad, Only An Excuse (BBC Comedy Unit), Two Doors Down (BBC), In Plain Sight (ITV Drama) Aldi Midget’s Advert (ITV).

Film Credits: Louise has just recently finished filming “Country Music” (Three Chords Productions) alongside Julie Walters and Jessie Buckley directed by Tom Harper. The film is due for release 2018.

John McLarnon : Actor

John originally hails from Glasgow and trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

John’s recent theatre credits include: Sunshine On Leith (West Yorkshire Playhouse/UK Tour) Apologia (Trafalgar Studios), Abigail’s Party (Theatre Royal Bath/UK Tour), The Parting Glass (London Irish Play Festival), TOM (No 1 UK tour), The Commitments (Palace Theatre, West-End), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre, West-End), Jekyll & Hyde (Union Theatre, London.

Recent television credits include: Killick in Outlander (Starz/Amazon) and Britstick (Channel 4).

John is also an accomplished singer-songwriter.  His debut EP ‘Thirty Two Winters’ was released in late 2017, and went straight in at no1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart.  His follow up single ‘Ghosts’ was released in February 2018.  Both are available to buy and stream now on all major music platforms.

Dawn Sievewright : Actor

Pinocchio National Theatre, Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour Duke of York’s Theatre, Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour National Theatre/National Theatre Scotland, Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour National Theatre of Scotland/LIVE Theatre, The A-Z Of Mrs P Southwark Playhouse, Beauty And The Beast Macrobert, Glasgow Girls National Theatre Scotland/Theatre Stratford East, Glasgow Girls National Theatre Scotland/Citizen Theatre Glasgow, Letters From Everyone Lonesome Schoolboy Productions, Legally Blonde Savoy Theatre, Quadrophenia UK No1 Tour

Gail Watson : Actor

Gail was born and raised in Bonnyrigg near Edinburgh where she lives with her husband and 2 sons. She has worked for 23 years as an Actor. Gail has had the pleasure of working with companies such as Grid Iron, Communicado, National theatre of Scotland, appeared in many productions at Traverse, Royal lyceum, The Edinburgh Kings and Edinburgh Festival Theatre Eden court, Pitlochry Festival,Perth rep, The Byre theatre, Oran Mor, Nottingham playhouse, Notthcott Theatre Exeter. Gail was a part of Dundee Rep ensemble, and Toured many shows over the years. She was in Morag Fullarton’s hit show Doris and Dolly and the Dressing room Divas at the Oran Mor and Edinburgh Festival, which will return to the Rose Theatre for Gilded Balloon in winter 2018. Also Played Patsy Cline in her production Bottle of wine and Patsy cline’ for Oran Mor/Gilded Balloon. She was nominated for best actress at the Edinburgh festival for her performance in Barflies. This is the first time working for BOP, and has enjoyed every part of the process.

Her television work includes Shetland, In plain sight, Mrs McColl in BBC katie Morag, Taggart, Still Game, Scottish Killers, Tesco advert ‘Helens leg of lamb’, River City, Gary Tank Commander, Crowdie and Cream, Wedding Belles, The Near Room Blue Haven (comedy pilot) and Bob Servant Independent.

Emily Reutlinger : Associate Director

Previous music theatre credits include the recent actor-muso production of Side Show along with several new musical-development projects with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Wakeful Chamber by Rebecca Sharp and Pippa Murphy (Play, Pie, Pint), and three seasons as assistant director with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Emily’s production of Uncanny Valley by Rob Drummond (Borderline/Edinburgh Int’l Science Festival) received the 2016 CATS award for Best Production for Children and Young People.

Other recent productions include Invisible Army by Victoria Beesley (Terra Incognita), Julius Caesar (RCS), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bard in the Botanics) and Potterrow by Martin McCormick (Cumbernauld Theatre).  She has also worked extensively with the Traverse, Theatre Uncut, and Stoirm Og and is currently developing a new production of Cymbeline for the RCS (February 2019).

Claire McKenzie & Scott Gilmour : Music & Lyrics

Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie are an award-winning musical theatre writing partnership otherwise known as Noisemaker.

Both graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the pair work throughout the UK and internationally creating innovative, original work to challenge the expectations of musical theatre. Scott and Claire have worked with a wide variety of companies including The National Theatre of Scotland, The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Sheffield Crucible, Dundee Rep, Citizens Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Channel 4 Films and The BBC.

Previous credits include: SONGS FROM THE SEVEN HILLS (Sheffield Crucible), CEILIDH (NOISE Opera/Sloans), ATLANTIC (Assembly/AMTP Northwestern, Chicago/Royal Conservatoire of Scotland- Herald Angel Award Winner 2017), LITTLE RED AND THE WOLF (Dundee Rep Theatre – Nominated for Best Production for Children and Young People UK Theatre Awards and Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2016), THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), FOREST BOY (NYMF, New York/The Other Palace, London/Edinburgh Fringe Assembly – Winner of S&S Award for Best Musical in Development, The NYMF 2016 Publishing Award), THE GIRL WHO (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse/Edinburgh Fringe Assembly), FREAKSHOW (The Roundhouse/ The Arches – Winner of the Scottish Daily Mail Drama Award 2012).

Upcoming Projects include: HI, MY NAME IS BEN is international co production currently in development between Noisemaker, Dundee Rep and the prestigious Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. Based on an incredible true story, HI, MY NAME IS BEN has a concert performance at Dundee Rep in later this year before opening at Goodspeed in Spring 2019. The pair are also working with acclaimed Scottish band Belle & Sebastian to develop their album, GOD HELP THE GIRL, into a live stage show. Scott and Claire were also recently selected as the New Voices 2017 – an award for emerging writers from across the globe chosen by New Musicals Inc. and Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment.

Douglas Maxwell : Dramaturg

Douglas Maxwell has been one of Scotland’s top playwrights since his debut in 2000.  His recent work includes The Whip Hand at The Traverse Edinburgh, Charlie Sonata at The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Yer Granny (a version of Roberto Cossa’s La Nona) for the National Theatre of Scotland and Fever Dream: Southside for The Citizens, Glasgow.  

His many other plays include Decky Does a Bronco, Mancub, Promises Promises (staged in New York as The Promise) and A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity.

His plays have been performed in translation in Germany, Norway, Hong Kong, New York, Chicago, Holland, Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, Wales, Japan, France, Belgium and South Korea, where his debut play Our Bad Magnet has run for over ten years.   

His plays are published by Oberon books.  His first collection of work focuses on his writing for younger audiences. As well as Decky Does a Bronco and Mancub that volume also contains Too Fast, The Mother Ship and Helmet

Douglas lives on the Southside of Glasgow with his wife and two daughters. 

Richard Thomas : Additional Music & Lyrics

Richard Thomas is an Olivier and Rose D’Or winning composer and writer and is best known for writing and composing Jerry Springer: The Opera, which was the first-ever musical to win all four British ‘Best Musical’ awards. The show ran for 609 performances in London (National Theatre, Cambridge Theatre) and a UK national tour and continues to be performed regularly around the world including notable productions off-Broadway, and at Carnegie Hall, and the Sydney Opera House, Australia. Other notable credits include the libretto for hit opera Anna Nicole (Royal Opera House/BAM New York), the lyrics to Made in Dagenham (Adelphi West End), songs for Tracey Ullman’s recent sketch shows (BBC1 and HBO), Shoes (Sadler’s Wells/West End) and five half hour BBC2 Musicals, “Kombat Opera Presents..”

Rachel Drazek : Movement Director

Current projects alongside My Left/Right Foot include a large-scale outdoor performance piece for Gravity Fields Festival (Sept 2018), If we’ve never been to the Moon andThe Naughty Fox – both for The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.

Other credits include Digging for Victory (Watermill), Electra (The Bunker, London), Dido & Aeneas (Festival Voices London), 100 Years of War & Peace (Rosa Productions, Greenham Common), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Southwark Playhouse London), Purposeless Movements (BOP) & Hurricane Boy (Ellen Havard).

Within education & community contexts Rachel is Performance Coach for Post-Graduate Creative Musicians at Leeds College of Music (LCoM), and recently travelled to Rwanda with BOP & The British Council.

She trained in Acting at GSA Conservatoire, and UCLAN for an MA in Somatic Movement.

Rebecca Hamilton : Set & Costume Designer

Rebecca trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2006) where shespecialised in set and costume design and scenic painting. She works as a freelance designer, model maker and scenic artist.

Design credits include: Flight – Vox Motus, Beyond the Lake – Rising Dawn Pictures, Bunny – Hopscotch Films, The Inescapable Arrival of Lazlo Petushki – Outland/Hidden Tiger Productions, MagicFest Gala – Edinburgh International Magic Festival, Tin Forest – National Theatre of Scotland, Station Stories – Cryptic, In Time O’ Strife – National Theatre of Scotland. Scenic painting credits: Outlander – Left Bank Pictures, The Edinburgh Dungeon, The 306: Dawn – National Theatre of Scotland, Eve – CBBC, Tommy’s Honour – Tommy’s Honour Productions, A Christmas Carol – National Theatre of Scotland,Dragon – Vox Motus. Model making credits: Flight – Vox Motus, The Inescapable Arrival of Lazlo Petushki – Outland/Hidden Tiger Productions, Calculating Ada – BBC, Tin Forest – National Theatre of Scotland, Wallace – The Arches/National Theatre.

Grant Anderson : Lighting Designer

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Grant studied lighting design at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and graduated receiving the Dean of Drama Award for Best Individual Work.
Grant has also designed extensively for the Scottish Events Industry, including Botanic Lights 2015 Seasons In Colour and 2016 EXPLORE, (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh); Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Torchlight Procession & Street Party, including the 2017 Midnight Moment. As well as designing in the UK, Grant’s work has transferred internationally to New York, Beijing, Madrid, Valencia and Rio.

Selected credits include: Wendy Hoose, Blanch & Butch, The Tin Soldier (Birds of Paradise); One Mississippi, Submarine Time Machine, To Begin (National Theatre of Scotland & NTS Learn); Little Red And The Wolf, Freak Show, Forest Boy, The Girl Who (Noisemaker); Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs (Edinburgh International Festival); The Broons national tour (Sell A Door); Cuttin’ A Rug, Simon’s Magical Christmas Socks, Panic Patterns (Citizens Theatre); A Christmas Carol, Love Song, In My Father’s Words, Hecuba, Promises Promises, Baby Baby (Dundee Repertory Theatre); The Polar Bears Go Wild (Macrobert, Stirling); News Just In (Random Accomplice); And The Beat Goes On (Perth Theatre & Random Accomplice); Summer on Stage 2012 – 2016 (Lyceum Theatre); The Maw Broon Monologues (Tron Theatre); Without A Hitch (Room 2 Manoeuvre). Chess, Into The Woods, Cabaret, 9 to 5, Urinetown, Addams Family, Godspell, Avenue Q, Sunday In The Park With George, Company, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Wasted Love, Show Choir (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

Grant is a member of the Association of Lighting Designers. For further information on his work please visit www.grantanderson.design

Lewis den Hertog : Animation Designer

Lewis den Hertog is an artist based in Glasgow. He has been creating video and sound design for theatre for several years, recently he provided designs for Showtime From The Front Line (Mark Thomas, Lakin McCarthy), The Steadfast Tin Soldier (Birds Of Paradise), Jury Play (GridIron) and Velvet Evening Seance (Aberdeen Performing Arts). Other recent productions include The Divine Chaos Of Starry Things (Watch Your Head), Crude (GridIron), The Cheviot, The Stag, And The Black, Black Oil (Dundee Rep), and Escape Speed (Aberdeen Performing Arts). Lewis is also the technical coordinator for the Glasgow Short Film Festival and for Document Human Rights Film Festival.

Emma Skaer : Stage Manager

Emma has worked in Stage Management in Scottish Theatre for over 15 years after training at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. She has worked on varied shows from small scale Highlands and Islands tours to big International tours. Previous shows include, Let The Right One In, The James Plays, An Appointment with The Wickerman, The Bacchae, MacBeth, Enquirer, Adam (National Theatre of Scotland), The Book of Beasts, Hansel and Gretel, How to Fix a Broken Wing (Catherine Wheels Theatre Company), Sunshine on Leith, Equus, Sweeney Todd (Dundee Rep), and is really excited to be working with Robert Gale again after previously working with him on Girl X and If These Spasms Could Speak.

Nic Reilly : Assistant Stage Manager

Nichola trained in stage management at the RSAMD graduating in 2007. Previous productions include Frankie and Johnny: Northern Stage, Alice in Wonderland: Northern Stage, Thingummy Bob: Lung Ha Theatre Company, James and the Giant Peach: Northern Stage, Get Carter: Northern Stage, Huxley’s Lab: Lung Ha Theatre Company & Grid Iron Theatre Company, Barflies: Grid Iron Theatre Company. Nichola is thrilled to be working with Birds of Paradise and National Theatre Scotland on My Right Left Foot and is excited to be part of the Edinburgh Festival once again.

Andy Stuart : Sound Operator

Andy Stuart is a sound engineer with nearly 10 years experience in theatre. Having worked on shows including; Adam (National Theatre of Scotland), Knives in Hens (Perth Theatre), and Chick Whittington (Macrobert Arts Centre) he is extremely looking forward to his first venture with Birds of Paradise Theatre Company.

Andy Reid : AV Operator

“Andy is a freelance AV technician based in Glasgow.  He has toured across the UK and internationally, working with a great variety of Scottish and UK theatre companies including Vanishing Point, Grid Iron, and National Theatre of Scotland.”

Katy Lonsdale : Costume Supervisor

Katy graduated Performance Costume at Edinburgh College Of Art in 2003  and was a successful candidate for the BBC visions award securing a traineeship with the BBC’s costume designer, Frances Tempest.  She then went on to design and produce costumes and puppets for Blue boat Theatre and was costume designer and maker for the Yorkshire based Mikron Theatre company for several years. She has worked for National Theatre of Scotland on numerous productions, inter dispersed with smaller scale commissions for dance, short films and physical theatre.  Her recent work includes principal model maker and model painter on the award winning Vox Motus production, Flight and costume designer for the Outland/Hidden Tiger Productions short, The Innescapable Arrival Of Lazlo Petushki, which was a Scottish Bafta award winner.