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 (Atlantic) 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.
Age guide: 16+ – contains strong language and strong humour!
Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase
Audio Description, British Sign Language and Captions are integrated into every performance, and the venue has a loop system. The performance on Sunday 19th August will be Relaxed.
For further information about the Relaxed performance, please read, THIS DOCUMENT.
- Age guide: 16+
- Contains strong language and strong humour!
- Seating rake is steep
- Hearing Loop best in rows 3,4,5 – see venue signage and ask staff if you need access to these rows
- View of captions obstructed by cast in rows 1,2,3,4
- If using BSL sit centre and from about row 6 to take in whole image of stage – interpreter is integrated and moves around stage.
- Wheelchair spaces limited by venue to four per show – additional options to transfer
- Wheelchair spaces cannot be booked online. Fringe Access line booking options:
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Pre-show accessibility information:
How to get there
The below video shows the most accessible route to Assembly Roxy, starting from Festival Theatre. For information on how to get to Festival Theatre please visit this page.
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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 email@example.com.
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
Telling Our Own Stories
Telling Our Own Stories is an exciting engagement and development project being run by BOP and Bobath Scotland, supported by the RS MacDonald Trust, in parallel with BOP’s 25th anniversary production My Left / Right Foot – The Musical. BOP knows from its own research (Barriers) and from conversations with BoBath Scotland that young disabled people and young people with CP do not experience equality of access to the arts as audiences, participants or developing artists. Neither do they have the opportunity to have time and space to explore issues of identity and perceptions around Cerebral palsy outside service specific environments.
For Telling Our Own Stories, Jack Hunter – a young stand-up comedian with CP – will conduct a series of interviews with young people with CP, and their siblings/parents/family, about their experience of people’s attitudes towards them and their impairment. These interviews will be edited together with clips of Jack speaking about his own experiences of growing up with CP, to make a short documentary. This film will act as an authentic and contemporary record of the experiences young people with CP living today.
Take part in this project
As part of Telling Our Own Stories, BOP and Bobath are seeking young people to be interviewed by Jack. If you are a young person (under 26) with CP and would like to contribute to this film, please register your interest by emailing Callum Madge on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0141 552 1725.
Interviews will take place on Thursday 30 August in Glasgow but we would like Jack to be able to communicate with people before this date. Contributions to travel costs will be available to those who require it.
If you are under 18 we will require a parent or guardian to sign a video release form.
This film will be shared widely across in Internet and other media, please do not apply if you are uncomfortable with this.
Birds of Paradise Theatre Company and National Theatre of Scotland present
My Left / Right Foot – The Musical
by Robert Softley Gale
Richard Conlon : Ian
Matthew Duckett : Chris
Natalie MacDonald : Nat
Louise McCarthy : Amy
John McLarnon : Grant
Dawn Sievewright : Gillian
Gail Watson : Sheena
Gavin Whitworth : Gav
Robert Softley Gale : Writer / Director
Emily Reutlinger : Associate Director
Claire McKenzie : Music
Scott Gilmour : Lyrics
Douglas Maxwell : Dramaturg
Richard Thomas : Additional Music & Lyrics
Gavin Whitworth : Musical Director
Rachel Drazek : Movement Director
Natalie MacDonald : Performance Interpreter / BSL Translation
Rebecca Hamilton : Set & Costume Designer
Grant Anderson : Lighting Designer
Lewis den Hertog : Animation Designer
Laura Donnelly CDG : Casting Director
Judith Drake : Academic Theatre Consultant
Niall Black : Production Manager
Emma Skaer : Stage Manager
Nic Reilly : Assistant Stage Manager
Andy Stuart : Sound Operator
Andy Reid : AV Operator
Katy Lonsdale : Costume Supervisor
Guy Coletta : Production Sound Engineer
Robert Softley Gale : Artistic Director
Mairi Taylor : Executive Producer
Michelle Rolfe : Producer
Callum Madge : Projects Officer
Robert is an established figure in the Scottish arts scene. His professional acting debut was in 2002 and since then he has appeared in many productions – including co-writing and performing in Girl X for National Theatre of Scotland. His award-winning 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, Estonia, the USA, Ireland and India. For BOP he has directed the smash-hit sex comedy Wendy Hoose and Purposeless Movements, for which he was nominated for a CATS Best Director award.
Matthew Duckett trained in Classical Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has worked extensively throughout the UK, and is excited to be working on Birds of Paradise’s current venture.
Theatre credits include: Matt (Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), National Production Company) Banquo (Macbeth, National Production Company), Tommo Peaceful (Private Peaceful, National Production Company), Thomas Montgomery and Sir Frederick Smith (Pacifists and Protestors, Gloucester Theatre Company), Multiple characters (The London Dungeon, Merlin PLC), Henry Soames and Roger (Notes From Underground, Traffic of the Stage Theatre), Multiple roles (Shakespeare! Live, Traffic of the Stage Theatre), Sir Amyas Paulet (Mary Stuart, Embassy Theatre, RCSSD) Lucentio (The Taming of the Shrew, Webber Douglas, RCSSD), Corny Collins (Hairspray, Rugby Theatre), Tom Collins (RENT!, Rugby Theatre), Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rugby Theatre – RSC Open Stages).
NATALIE MACDONALD studied theatre at Langside College and RSMAD (RCS), then Interpreting Studies in British Sign Language to English, at Herriot Watt University. Natalie registered with Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) 15 years ago and she has worked all over Scotland as a freelance interpreter, performer, director and theatre maker. She specialises in making theatre creatively accessible for Deaf Audiences with interpreting and integrated BSL performances. Natalie believes that ALL theatre can be enhanced by BSL. Some of Natalie’s previous work includes, Birds of Paradise, Solar Bear, NTS, Independance, Poorboy, Graeae, Communicado, RCS, Random Accomplice and Ramesh Meyyappan to name but a few.
Louise is originally from Glasgow. After finishing high school she went straight on to train as an actress at The Arts Educational School, London. After graduating Louise went on to play one of the principal roles “Lisa” in Mamma Mia in London’s West End. (Prince Of Wales Theatre London). Other theatre work includes, Yer Granny, Men Should Weep (National Theatre Scotland), Cutting A Rug (Citizens Theatre) For which she was nominated as best actress at the 2017 CATS AWARDS. The DOLLS Abroad (U.K and Scottish Tour) Louise and her Comedy partner Gayle both co/wrote and starred in the show which recently won ENTS24 #1 rising comedy show in the U.K. The girls where also nominated for Best Double Act at this years Great British Panto Awards. Much Ado About Nothing (Bard In the Botanics), Three Sisters, Peter Panto and the Incredible Stinkerbell, Sleeping Betty, Snaw Queen (Tron), The Trouble with Double, Role Shift (Oran Mor), Jaqueranda, Sleeping Beauty (Perth Theatre), Bingo The Musical (Stellar Quines).
Television Credits includes, Stacey Stone, Raptures (CBBC), Sketchland, What’s Funny About the Indyref (BBC Scotland), Scot Squad, Only An Excuse (BBC Comedy Unit), Two Doors Down (BBC), In Plain Sight (ITV Drama) Aldi Midget’s Advert (ITV).
Film Credits: Louise has just recently finished filming “Country Music” (Three Chords Productions) alongside Julie Walters and Jessie Buckley directed by Tom Harper. The film is due for release 2018.
John originally hails from Glasgow and trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
John’s recent theatre credits include: Sunshine On Leith (West Yorkshire Playhouse/UK Tour) Apologia (Trafalgar Studios), Abigail’s Party (Theatre Royal Bath/UK Tour), The Parting Glass (London Irish Play Festival), TOM (No 1 UK tour), The Commitments (Palace Theatre, West-End), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre, West-End), Jekyll & Hyde (Union Theatre, London.
Recent television credits include: Killick in Outlander (Starz/Amazon) and Britstick (Channel 4).
John is also an accomplished singer-songwriter. His debut EP ‘Thirty Two Winters’ was released in late 2017, and went straight in at no1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart. His follow up single ‘Ghosts’ was released in February 2018. Both are available to buy and stream now on all major music platforms.
Pinocchio National Theatre, Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour Duke of York’s Theatre, Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour National Theatre/National Theatre Scotland, Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour National Theatre of Scotland/LIVE Theatre, The A-Z Of Mrs P Southwark Playhouse, Beauty And The Beast Macrobert, Glasgow Girls National Theatre Scotland/Theatre Stratford East, Glasgow Girls National Theatre Scotland/Citizen Theatre Glasgow, Letters From Everyone Lonesome Schoolboy Productions, Legally Blonde Savoy Theatre, Quadrophenia UK No1 Tour
Gail was born and raised in Bonnyrigg near Edinburgh where she lives with her husband and 2 sons. She has worked for 23 years as an Actor. Gail has had the pleasure of working with companies such as Grid Iron, Communicado, National theatre of Scotland, appeared in many productions at Traverse, Royal lyceum, The Edinburgh Kings and Edinburgh Festival Theatre Eden court, Pitlochry Festival,Perth rep, The Byre theatre, Oran Mor, Nottingham playhouse, Notthcott Theatre Exeter. Gail was a part of Dundee Rep ensemble, and Toured many shows over the years. She was in Morag Fullarton’s hit show Doris and Dolly and the Dressing room Divas at the Oran Mor and Edinburgh Festival, which will return to the Rose Theatre for Gilded Balloon in winter 2018. Also Played Patsy Cline in her production Bottle of wine and Patsy cline’ for Oran Mor/Gilded Balloon. She was nominated for best actress at the Edinburgh festival for her performance in Barflies. This is the first time working for BOP, and has enjoyed every part of the process.
Her television work includes Shetland, In plain sight, Mrs McColl in BBC katie Morag, Taggart, Still Game, Scottish Killers, Tesco advert ‘Helens leg of lamb’, River City, Gary Tank Commander, Crowdie and Cream, Wedding Belles, The Near Room Blue Haven (comedy pilot) and Bob Servant Independent.
Previous music theatre credits include the recent actor-muso production of Side Show along with several new musical-development projects with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Wakeful Chamber by Rebecca Sharp and Pippa Murphy (Play, Pie, Pint), and three seasons as assistant director with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Emily’s production of Uncanny Valley by Rob Drummond (Borderline/Edinburgh Int’l Science Festival) received the 2016 CATS award for Best Production for Children and Young People.
Other recent productions include Invisible Army by Victoria Beesley (Terra Incognita), Julius Caesar (RCS), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bard in the Botanics) and Potterrow by Martin McCormick (Cumbernauld Theatre). She has also worked extensively with the Traverse, Theatre Uncut, and Stoirm Og and is currently developing a new production of Cymbeline for the RCS (February 2019).
Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie are an award-winning musical theatre writing partnership otherwise known as Noisemaker.
Both graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the pair work throughout the UK and internationally creating innovative, original work to challenge the expectations of musical theatre. Scott and Claire have worked with a wide variety of companies including The National Theatre of Scotland, The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Sheffield Crucible, Dundee Rep, Citizens Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Channel 4 Films and The BBC.
Previous credits include: SONGS FROM THE SEVEN HILLS (Sheffield Crucible), CEILIDH (NOISE Opera/Sloans), ATLANTIC (Assembly/AMTP Northwestern, Chicago/Royal Conservatoire of Scotland- Herald Angel Award Winner 2017), LITTLE RED AND THE WOLF (Dundee Rep Theatre – Nominated for Best Production for Children and Young People UK Theatre Awards and Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2016), THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), FOREST BOY (NYMF, New York/The Other Palace, London/Edinburgh Fringe Assembly – Winner of S&S Award for Best Musical in Development, The NYMF 2016 Publishing Award), THE GIRL WHO (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse/Edinburgh Fringe Assembly), FREAKSHOW (The Roundhouse/ The Arches – Winner of the Scottish Daily Mail Drama Award 2012).
Upcoming Projects include: HI, MY NAME IS BEN is international co production currently in development between Noisemaker, Dundee Rep and the prestigious Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. Based on an incredible true story, HI, MY NAME IS BEN has a concert performance at Dundee Rep in later this year before opening at Goodspeed in Spring 2019. The pair are also working with acclaimed Scottish band Belle & Sebastian to develop their album, GOD HELP THE GIRL, into a live stage show. Scott and Claire were also recently selected as the New Voices 2017 – an award for emerging writers from across the globe chosen by New Musicals Inc. and Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment.
Douglas Maxwell has been one of Scotland’s top playwrights since his debut in 2000. His recent work includes The Whip Hand at The Traverse Edinburgh, Charlie Sonata at The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Yer Granny (a version of Roberto Cossa’s La Nona) for the National Theatre of Scotland and Fever Dream: Southside for The Citizens, Glasgow.
His many other plays include Decky Does a Bronco, Mancub, Promises Promises (staged in New York as The Promise) and A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity.
His plays have been performed in translation in Germany, Norway, Hong Kong, New York, Chicago, Holland, Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, Wales, Japan, France, Belgium and South Korea, where his debut play Our Bad Magnet has run for over ten years.
His plays are published by Oberon books. His first collection of work focuses on his writing for younger audiences. As well as Decky Does a Bronco and Mancub that volume also contains Too Fast, The Mother Ship and Helmet.
Douglas lives on the Southside of Glasgow with his wife and two daughters.
Richard Thomas is an Olivier and Rose D’Or winning composer and writer and is best known for writing and composing Jerry Springer: The Opera, which was the first-ever musical to win all four British ‘Best Musical’ awards. The show ran for 609 performances in London (National Theatre, Cambridge Theatre) and a UK national tour and continues to be performed regularly around the world including notable productions off-Broadway, and at Carnegie Hall, and the Sydney Opera House, Australia. Other notable credits include the libretto for hit opera Anna Nicole (Royal Opera House/BAM New York), the lyrics to Made in Dagenham (Adelphi West End), songs for Tracey Ullman’s recent sketch shows (BBC1 and HBO), Shoes (Sadler’s Wells/West End) and five half hour BBC2 Musicals, “Kombat Opera Presents..”
Current projects alongside My Left/Right Foot include a large-scale outdoor performance piece for Gravity Fields Festival (Sept 2018), If we’ve never been to the Moon andThe Naughty Fox – both for The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.
Other credits include Digging for Victory (Watermill), Electra (The Bunker, London), Dido & Aeneas (Festival Voices London), 100 Years of War & Peace (Rosa Productions, Greenham Common), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Southwark Playhouse London), Purposeless Movements (BOP) & Hurricane Boy (Ellen Havard).
Within education & community contexts Rachel is Performance Coach for Post-Graduate Creative Musicians at Leeds College of Music (LCoM), and recently travelled to Rwanda with BOP & The British Council.
She trained in Acting at GSA Conservatoire, and UCLAN for an MA in Somatic Movement.
Rebecca trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2006) where shespecialised in set and costume design and scenic painting. She works as a freelance designer, model maker and scenic artist.
Design credits include: Flight – Vox Motus, Beyond the Lake – Rising Dawn Pictures, Bunny – Hopscotch Films, The Inescapable Arrival of Lazlo Petushki – Outland/Hidden Tiger Productions, MagicFest Gala – Edinburgh International Magic Festival, Tin Forest – National Theatre of Scotland, Station Stories – Cryptic, In Time O’ Strife – National Theatre of Scotland. Scenic painting credits: Outlander – Left Bank Pictures, The Edinburgh Dungeon, The 306: Dawn – National Theatre of Scotland, Eve – CBBC, Tommy’s Honour – Tommy’s Honour Productions, A Christmas Carol – National Theatre of Scotland,Dragon – Vox Motus. Model making credits: Flight – Vox Motus, The Inescapable Arrival of Lazlo Petushki – Outland/Hidden Tiger Productions, Calculating Ada – BBC, Tin Forest – National Theatre of Scotland, Wallace – The Arches/National Theatre.
Grant studied lighting design at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and graduated receiving the Dean of Drama Award for Best Individual Work.
Grant has also designed extensively for the Scottish Events Industry, including Botanic Lights 2015 Seasons In Colour and 2016 EXPLORE, (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh); Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Torchlight Procession & Street Party, including the 2017 Midnight Moment. As well as designing in the UK, Grant’s work has transferred internationally to New York, Beijing, Madrid, Valencia and Rio.
Selected credits include: Wendy Hoose, Blanch & Butch, The Tin Soldier (Birds of Paradise); One Mississippi, Submarine Time Machine, To Begin (National Theatre of Scotland & NTS Learn); Little Red And The Wolf, Freak Show, Forest Boy, The Girl Who (Noisemaker); Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs (Edinburgh International Festival); The Broons national tour (Sell A Door); Cuttin’ A Rug, Simon’s Magical Christmas Socks, Panic Patterns (Citizens Theatre); A Christmas Carol, Love Song, In My Father’s Words, Hecuba, Promises Promises, Baby Baby (Dundee Repertory Theatre); The Polar Bears Go Wild (Macrobert, Stirling); News Just In (Random Accomplice); And The Beat Goes On (Perth Theatre & Random Accomplice); Summer on Stage 2012 – 2016 (Lyceum Theatre); The Maw Broon Monologues (Tron Theatre); Without A Hitch (Room 2 Manoeuvre). Chess, Into The Woods, Cabaret, 9 to 5, Urinetown, Addams Family, Godspell, Avenue Q, Sunday In The Park With George, Company, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Wasted Love, Show Choir (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).
Grant is a member of the Association of Lighting Designers. For further information on his work please visit www.grantanderson.design
Lewis den Hertog is an artist based in Glasgow. He has been creating video and sound design for theatre for several years, recently he provided designs for Showtime From The Front Line (Mark Thomas, Lakin McCarthy), The Steadfast Tin Soldier (Birds Of Paradise), Jury Play (GridIron) and Velvet Evening Seance (Aberdeen Performing Arts). Other recent productions include The Divine Chaos Of Starry Things (Watch Your Head), Crude (GridIron), The Cheviot, The Stag, And The Black, Black Oil (Dundee Rep), and Escape Speed (Aberdeen Performing Arts). Lewis is also the technical coordinator for the Glasgow Short Film Festival and for Document Human Rights Film Festival.
Emma has worked in Stage Management in Scottish Theatre for over 15 years after training at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. She has worked on varied shows from small scale Highlands and Islands tours to big International tours. Previous shows include, Let The Right One In, The James Plays, An Appointment with The Wickerman, The Bacchae, MacBeth, Enquirer, Adam (National Theatre of Scotland), The Book of Beasts, Hansel and Gretel, How to Fix a Broken Wing (Catherine Wheels Theatre Company), Sunshine on Leith, Equus, Sweeney Todd (Dundee Rep), and is really excited to be working with Robert Gale again after previously working with him on Girl X and If These Spasms Could Speak.
Nichola trained in stage management at the RSAMD graduating in 2007. Previous productions include Frankie and Johnny: Northern Stage, Alice in Wonderland: Northern Stage, Thingummy Bob: Lung Ha Theatre Company, James and the Giant Peach: Northern Stage, Get Carter: Northern Stage, Huxley’s Lab: Lung Ha Theatre Company & Grid Iron Theatre Company, Barflies: Grid Iron Theatre Company. Nichola is thrilled to be working with Birds of Paradise and National Theatre Scotland on My Right Left Foot and is excited to be part of the Edinburgh Festival once again.
Andy Stuart is a sound engineer with nearly 10 years experience in theatre. Having worked on shows including; Adam (National Theatre of Scotland), Knives in Hens (Perth Theatre), and Chick Whittington (Macrobert Arts Centre) he is extremely looking forward to his first venture with Birds of Paradise Theatre Company.
“Andy is a freelance AV technician based in Glasgow. He has toured across the UK and internationally, working with a great variety of Scottish and UK theatre companies including Vanishing Point, Grid Iron, and National Theatre of Scotland.”
Katy graduated Performance Costume at Edinburgh College Of Art in 2003 and was a successful candidate for the BBC visions award securing a traineeship with the BBC’s costume designer, Frances Tempest. She then went on to design and produce costumes and puppets for Blue boat Theatre and was costume designer and maker for the Yorkshire based Mikron Theatre company for several years. She has worked for National Theatre of Scotland on numerous productions, inter dispersed with smaller scale commissions for dance, short films and physical theatre. Her recent work includes principal model maker and model painter on the award winning Vox Motus production, Flight and costume designer for the Outland/Hidden Tiger Productions short, The Innescapable Arrival Of Lazlo Petushki, which was a Scottish Bafta award winner.