by Robert Softley-Gale
Assembly Roxy: 1 – 27 August (not 8, 14, 21), 6:10pm
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. Enthusiastic Amy thinks she can save the day but is grumpy Chris up for the challenge? Gillian has been given the role of Movement Director but she’s only got Grade Three Modern and Tap, and Grant – well Grant’s just too busy fancying himself. Throw in a few love triangles and throw out political correctness, all the drama happens behind the curtains.
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 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.
As with all BOP productions we are working to make this show accessible to d/Deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired audience members by integrating BSL, captions and audio description. British Sign Language will be performed on stage by one of the actors. As we are working in the tight turn around of the fringe a pre-show description will not be possible for those who would like to hear descriptions so we will provide these ahead of time. English language captions will be integrated into the set.
My Left / Right Foot – The Musical is currently in development and between now and August we will be creating opportunities for audiences to find out more – read our blog about the development week here. We are particularly keen to create engagement activity for people with experience of Cerebral Palsy – either directly, as family or through a professional capacity. BOP will be working with Bobath over the coming months on a series of talks and events. We are in the planning stages so find out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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