ROBERT SOFTLEY GALE – Artistic Director & CEO
I am BOP’s Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer – which means I work with the rest of the team in setting our programme for the year and in making sure we deliver it to the highest standards. I have responsibility for budgets – monitoring what we spend and ensuring our income targets are met. Alongside our Executive Producer I decide which productions we will do, what our projects will aim to achieve and who we will work with.
I frequently direct our productions – sometimes working with Associate Directors to realise a show. As a performer of many years I have also appeared in BOP shows, most recently Blanche & Butch, which I also wrote, and The Tin Soldier.
Contact me if:
- You would like to talk about partnering with BOP on a future project
- You would like to talk about our productions, casting procedures, etc
- Or for any other general enquiries
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. Robert joined Birds of Paradise as Artistic Director in November 2012.
MAIRI TAYLOR – Executive Producer
I am BOP’s Executive Producer which means I work with the Artistic Director to oversee the activity of the company. I work on productions present and future, ensuring the right teams are in place and that we have strong plans for project work connected to productions.
My time is spent writing funding applications, evaluation reports, meeting people, planning with the BOP team, delivering training and consultations services for others.
Contact me if:
- You would like to talk about a development opportunity
- You need help as an organisation or individual around disability equality in the arts
- You would like to talk about future productions
Mairi began her arts and equalities career in arts and mental health through the Arts Advocacy Project in Dundee and Stepps Mental Health Charity, Edinburgh. From 2003 – 2008 she worked at Artlink Edinburgh and the Lothians where she grew the audience development role within the Arts Access Service. Mairi left Artlink to take on the project management of the Federation of Scottish Theatre’s national Access Project 2008-2010.
In 2010 Mairi established flip – Disability Equality in the Arts with Robert Gale. Over 7 years flip worked with organisations across Scotland, UK and Europe supporting the development of better equalities practices. Mairi has experience of working with theatres, galleries and museums and with a range of audiences. In 2010 – 2012 Mairi was the Project Coordinator for engage Scotland’s access project – Everyone – and worked with galleries across Scotland to embed disability into their strategic plans. During the last 5 years working with Robert as flip, Mairi has lead on some of flip’s research and development projects including VI Scotland’s AHRC Knowledge Exchange research and the National Theatre of Scotland’s NESTA project. Mairi also works as a producer, producing If These Spasms Could Speak (a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a Scottish Tour and International touring), with the young company Creative Electric in Edinburgh and with disabled artists Aidan Moesby and Pum Dunbar on their Unlimited R&D commission Fragmenting the Codex. Mairi believes that building relationships – whether with audiences, partners or collaborators – brings about real change through increased confidence and understanding. Mairi has a BFA MA Hons Oxon from the Ruskin (1999) and an MFA from Duncan of Jordanstone (2003).
MICHELLE ROLFE – Producer
I am the Producer for BOP which means I work with the Executive Producer and Artistic Director on delivering BOP Theatre productions. I ensure the smooth running of day to day activities and communications for our productions. I also support the development and strategic strands of BOP through project work and delivering training.
My time is spent contracting freelance staff, managing budgets, booking tour venues, ensuring company access requirements are met, managing production contacts, planning with the BOP team, meeting people and delivering training.
Contact me if:
- You would like to talk about touring opportunities
- You would like more information about our past or present productions
- You would like to submit a speculative CV for a production or creative role on future work
Michelle combines her work as Producer for Birds of Paradise Theatre Company with her own independent projects. She focuses her career on increasing access for audience members and arts professionals alike. As Producer at BOP she ensures the smooth running of day to day activities and communications for productions. She also delivers training on Disability Equality and Creative Access within a UK & international setting. Independently Michelle is working on a project creating inclusive and accessible populist theatre, which has been supported by National Theatre of Scotland and Federation of Scottish Theatre. She is also an active committee member of Stage Sight. Michelle’s previous work has included working within producing, programming, access consultancy, marketing, box office management, sales and stage management. She has worked with several national organisations including Shape Arts, Traverse Theatre, Dundee Rep, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Falkirk Community Trust and Graeae. Michelle holds a BA (hons) from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and a PGCert from Queen Margaret University.
CALLUM MADGE – Engagement & Office Manager
I am the Engagement & Office Manager for BOP which means I work with the Executive Producer to deliver the development, engagement and strategic projects; this includes our Youth Arts Consultants initiative, BOP Artists projects and the Access Scottish Theatre guide. I also have finance and administrative responsibilities such as managing budgets, managing the office and supporting the production team during rehearsals for creative productions.
My time is spent paying invoices, booking rehearsal spaces, meeting people, planning with the BOP team, managing learning and development projects, delivering training and consultations.
Contact me if:
- You would like information about any of our development or engagement initiatives
- You have any queries about invoices or payments
- You would like to book in a Disability Equality Training session
- You have general enquiries about the company that aren’t answered in our FAQs section
Callum Madge originally trained in Arts Journalism, initially reviewing film and theatre and eventually becoming Editor of the culture website TVBomb (now The Wee Review). In 2013 he left journalism and started working with people who create work, initially for Lung Ha Theatre Company, then ‘flip: Disability Equality in the Arts’ and has been with BOP since 2016.
As a freelancer he has worked as a Project Manager on projects for: National Theatre of Scotland; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; Lyceum Theatre; Traverse Theatre. In 2018 he produced Blackout by New Room Theatre, at Edinburgh Festival Fringe; in 2019 he was Engagement Producer on 8:8 by Mercimax, at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, part of the Swiss Arts Council’s Edinburgh Selection; in 2020 he produced an R&D phase of In Plain Sight by disabled foley artist Heather Andrews. He is currently working with Bijli Productions, producing One Mississippi as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2021.
Callum is drawn to creative projects that have a strong social element, particularly work that engages and empowers disabled people.
MORNA McGEOCH – Development Officer
I am the Development Officer, predominantly working on BOP Young Artists, which means I work with the Executive Producer and the Engagement & Office Manager to plan, deliver and develop the Young Artists Project.
My time is spent planning workshops, discussing exciting development opportunities with other organisations, delivering workshops, managing trips to productions and events, writing funding applications, evaluation reports, and planning with the BOP team.
Contact me if you would like to talk about a development opportunity for disabled young artists
Morna is a Glasgow-based theatre-maker with 9 years experience of working in participatory arts in Scotland. Morna has worked with National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre, Tron Theatre, Scottish Youth Theatre, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and many other creative organisations.
Morna’s creative practice combines a range of different roles including design, facilitation, making and shaping, mentoring, directing, performing, producing, as well as planning and management.