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Creative Scotland funding reinstated

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

A fond farewell to Garry Robson

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

Creative Scotland funding cuts: our statement

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

BOP turns 25 – January: Garry Robson

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


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

Open Rehearsal Reflections

It’s been a week since Birds of Paradise threw open the rehearsal room doors and welcomed theatre-makers and members of the public into Role Shift rehearsals. I have never been part of a rehearsal process like this. For me, moving to Scotland from London, I was very interested to see how much signing is incorporated […]

Q&A with the writer – Lesley Hart

Rehearsals here at BoP are well underway, so we took the chance to ask Lesley Hart, the writer of Role Shift, a few questions about the project. Lesley is an actor who has worked extensively in film, theatre and television and was awarded Playwright Studio Scotland’s Award in 2011. Her work has been performed at […]

Day 3 – Taster for Open Rehearsal

Our open rehearsal is only a day away and we’re very excited to be welcoming people into the rehearsal room for Role Shift. To give you a little taste of what things have been like so far, here’s Garry Robson, who’s directing Role Shift and one of the artistic directors of Birds of Paradise. Over […]

Day 1 – New Beginnings

It’s Monday morning in the BoP office and there’s a feeling of excitement in the air. We are about to start rehearsals of a brand new play by Lesley Hart, Role Shift. Role Shift is a crazy, mind-bending comedy set in the casino around the roulette table on a cruise ship. It’s about the struggle […]

Tomsk Blog 4 – Lost in translation

A lot of the theatre terms we take for granted in the UK don’t have a similar meaning over here. When I set up a first run through the other day expecting the usual nervous energy filled stagger through you get from UK actors – although of course they are all totally off the book […]

Tomsk Blog 3 – Damn fine soup Tatyana!

Part of the joy of collaborating with companies overseas is working with artists you might not generally meet that then bring a whole new flavour to your work and learning about whole new ways of doing things. At the same time it’s important to recognise that the company also want what you bring to the […]

Tomsk Blog 2 – Russia is full of surprises

Russia is full of surprises. I think it’s generally accepted that the social inclusion agenda for deaf and disabled people is way behind our own and certainly as I wrote about last time that’s the case for disabled people who simply don’t exist. However for the deaf community it’s not as clear cut and in […]