BOP on the Wire

A brand new podcast from Birds of Paradise Theatre Company

In this first series of BOP on the Wire our Artistic Director, Robert Softley Gale, and comedian & actor Jack Hunter speak to cast members from previous BOP productions about their lives, why they got into acting and any other juicy gossip Rob and Jack can tease out of them. It’s a bit like the Graham Norton Show but with disabled people and no fancy sofa – and maybe a few other differences.

BOP on the Wire is produced by Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, the Audio Engineer is Will McKee and the soundtrack was composed by Scott Twynholm; performed by Scott and Kim Moore, as part of the soundtrack to Purposeless Movements (2016).

BOP on the Wire is available to listen from iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more. You can find the full list of available platforms on our Anchor dashboard here.

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Episode 4: Amy Conachan

This week we speak with the wonderful Amy Conachan. Amy is a stage and television actress who graduated with a BA in Acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2015 and has since worked companies including Graeae and A Play, A Pie and A Pint. From 2014 – 2016, Amy played the part of Laura in our “rude, ribald and
 hilariously off-colour” sex comedy Wendy Hoose, written by Johnny McKnight. As if starring in one of our shows wasn’t enough of a career highlight 😉 Amy is now best known for playing science teacher, Courtney Campbell, in the Channel 4 show Hollyoaks.

The discussion covers how to rehearse ‘finger-banging’, how Glaswegian gags translate to a Spanish audience and the differenceof working on a play compared to a TV soap.

This episode was recorded on June 4th.

Episode 3: Caroline Parker

This week we chat with renowned Deaf performer Caroline Parker. Caro has performed with BOP in a few shows including our 2017 adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier as a children’s Christmas play.

In addition to acting in numerous productions for multiple theatre companies, Caro also performs in the cabaret and comedy circuits and is part of the disabled stand-up comedy collective Abnormally Funny People – whose other members include Lost Voice Guy and Liz Carr. Another of Caro’s impressive attributes is that she is a skilled song signer, and has worked at many gigs and festivals signing live acts – including the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games at London 2012 – in fact, she’s so prolific, she’s even done a TED talk about it.

This interview was conducted on May 27th 2020.

Episode 2: Gail Watson

Welcome back to BOP on the Wire. For this episode we speak to actor Gail Watson whose TV credits include Still Game, Taggart and Katie Morag. Our conversation with her includes her role with us on our 2018 & 2019 show My Left / Right Foot – The Musical, the appropriate price for a set of swingball and the process of bleaching certain pats of your anatomy. We hope you enjoy. 

Episode 1: Laurence Clark

In this first episode, Rob and Jack speak to stand-up comedian and actor Laurence Clark about his appearance in our 2016 & 2019 production Purposeless Movements, and more generally about his experiences of working in the performing arts.