BOP Young Artists

BOP Young Artists is a new artist development initiative from Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, supported by The Robertson Trust, and led by BOP’s Development Officer, Morna McGeoch (go to BOP staff).

From April until August 2019 the Young Artists have taken part in a range of workshops and events – providing support and opportunities to develop their existing skills and knowledge, and to connect with other arts professionals across the UK.

Some of these events have included:

  • Access to Acting workshop led by Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), at Scottish Youth Theatre, in April 2019.
  • Workshops on: making successful funding applications; employment and disability; self-employment and tax returns; roles in the theatre industry; and sharing our practice with others.
  • 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.
  • Attending a number of performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019.

From September 2019 until March 2020, the Young Artists will pool their skills as theatre-makers in order to create a new piece of work.

BOP Young Artists will be performing a ‘work-in-progress’, as part of a larger event, on December 18th – Venue and timings will be announced soon!


Emily Beaney

Emily Beaney [she/her]

This piece portrays the unfolding of the two stage process of a tonic-clonic seizure. The ‘tonic’ phase, in which the body becomes rigid, and the ‘clonic’ phase, a jerking of the muscles. The phases are visually translated through the use of rigid, contrasting forms emanating from the body, and light, to reveal the surges of electricity in the brain.

The Storm Within. Performance series exploring neurological disorder and its effect on the body.

I enjoy working across disciplines to create outcomes that strive to be poignant, socially relevant and materially stimulating for the viewer’s senses.

These outcomes are largely ‘wearable sculptures’ for live art, activism and performance.

I experiment with materials such as fibre optics, metalwork, plastics and casted resins, alongside more traditional fibres and fabrics, to create striking sculptural forms. I also incorporate light, olfactory, sound and tactile elements in my work,

as I am fascinated by how our sensory experiences of the world can enhance our understanding of it.

My practice therefore seeks to establish how multi-sensory and immersive performance can effectively communicate meaningful messages and allow us to share in others’ experiences.

Jonathan Carlton

Jonathan Carlton [he/him]

Jonathan Carlton plays Panda Jackson in the Citizens Theatre's Gorbals Vampire 2016. Panda- wide mouthed, anger and fear in his eyes, and armed with a homemade weapon of sorts- makes an impassioned statement, as the rest of the characters onstage cower in fear a few feet behind him.

Jonathan Carlton as Panda Jackson in Gorbals Vampire, Citizens Theatre 2016 (Image credit Tim Morozzo)

I am an Autistic Actor who is passionate about Entertainment being Autism friendly, my focus is on utilising live Theatre as driving a force to creatively explore what Autism is.

The focus is on doing this through performance working as a performer and through directing performance working as a director.

The focus is also on delivering Autism Awareness support to the Theatre and Entertainment industry through consultancy work on how to be Autism aware and Autism friendly.

I believe the Dramatic Arts is the greatest art form in the world and I believe the Dramatic Arts should be a driving force to inform the world about Autism.

Ink Asher Hemp

Ink Asher Hemp [they/them]

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Emily Ingram

Emily Ingram [she/they]

Emily Ingram headshot

I’m a theatre-maker (and part-time arts administrator) with particular experience in producing, directing, and writing. I am interested in re-telling traditional stories in new ways with a focus on LGBT+ and women’s narratives. I am also a prop-maker and enjoy incorporating prop-work and spoken word influences into my creative practice.

Since 2015, I have worked as the Artistic Director of Some Kind of Theatre, an Edinburgh-based literary theatre company which I co-founded. Some Kind of Theatre (who are affectionately known as Skot) bring bookish new writing and literary classics to life onstage and in living rooms, care homes, offices, and schools, and we are striving to integrate accessibility into our organisation from our audition process right through to the way we bring our performances to our audiences. Since 2016, we have been running the Shakespeare On The Sofa and the Theatre On The Sofa schemes, which bring performances into the homes of people who can’t easily access theatre in traditional venues.

I’m really excited to be part of Birds Of Paradise’s Young Artists project and am enjoying learning from BOP and the other young artists who are taking part in the pilot scheme.

Robert McIntosh

Robert McIntosh [he/him]

Robert McIntosh plays a reporter in Citizens Theatres' A Night to Remember 2018. Four reporters stand onstage, clearly enthused by a story.

Robert McIntosh (2nd reporter from the left) in A Night to Remember, Citizens Theatre 2018. (image credit Tim Morozzo)

I am an aspiring actor and voice actor interested particularly in the role of the anti-hero and villain in story. I am interested in live theatre work, as well as voiceover work (including animated works and video games).

My passion for acting comes from feeling more able to fully express myself, by doing this through a character. Through my career, I want audiences to be excited about the talent of disabled actors, and to inspire future generations of disabled people.

Andrew Robertson

Andrew performs some parkour - he hangs from a horizontal metal pole around 2 metres off of the ground, using only his legs to keep him secure.

Andrew performing at the Merchant City Festival 2019, as part of the Moving Cities parkour summer course with Scottish Youth Theatre


I am born in a world where everything is normal. And I don’t even like the word ‘normal’, or even, ‘reality’.

Imagination is art. Even though you see it, like cars and all that, we also created them. We are the creators of imagination. Anything could be possible- if you try.

I’m Andrew Robertson. I am not anybody but myself. I would refer to myself as: a human being that wants to have fun all the time.

The work that I make: I use my imagination to help people to understand. What I want for people is to see, not from my point of view. What I want them to see is what they can accomplish. I want them to experience the same thing: I want them to have fun, just like me, but in their own way, not my way.

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.

We are not currently recruiting for BOP Young Artists – but if you are interested in being part of BOP Young Artists in the future, or if you have any further questions, please contact Morna at or call us on 0141 552 1725

Any further questions, please contact Morna at or call us on 0141 552 1725

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