Purposeless Movements

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We are very excited to announce that our 2016 hit production returns for a run at Edinburgh International Festival 2019. Purposeless Movements is a visually stunning dance theatre piece that riffs on the stories of four guys with cerebral palsy, how it affects their lives, their gender, their masculinity and their movement.

2019 performance information

We have two preview performances at Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

🔵 Friday 16th August – 7.30pm
🔵 Saturday 17th August – 7.30pm

All EIF performances are at The Studio, Festival Theatre

🔵 Monday 19th August – 8pm
🔵 Tuesday 20th August – 3pm
🔵 Wednesday 21st August – 8pm
🔵 Thursday 22nd August – 12pm (midday) – Relaxed performance
🔵 Friday 23rd August – 3pm
🔵 Saturday 24th August – 8pm

All performances integrate audio description, BSL and animated surtitles.


BSL trailer:

Route to The Studio:

This video shows you a level access route of how to get from Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, to The Studio. For information on how to get to Festival Theatre, please visit their website here. For further access information about The Studio you can visit the Capital Theatres website, Edinburgh International Festival website or the Access Scottish Theatre website.

Easy Read & Visual Synopsis:

Please click on either of the following links to view the Easy Read & Visual Synopsis of Purposeless Movements.

Set & Costume Description:

Please click on either of the following links to view the set and costume descriptions of Purposeless Movements.

To book a Touch Tour please call 0131 472 2056 or click here for further information.

For anybody who requires a quiet area, there is a Retreat Space in the foyer of The Studio.

Funny and challenging in equal measure, the show fuses music, video, movement and text as the guys tell humorous and poignant stories of their laughter, their inappropriateness and their tears – stories that ask what it is to move and be moved. How do these stories come together to shape their identities? What do they share with one another and what sets them apart? And how much of this is down to Cerebral Palsy?

When they were born the doctors called it Purposeless Movements – for them it’s just how they get around.

The production is accompanied by music performed live on stage.

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⬇️ Information about the 2016 tour ⬇️


“…this is one brilliantly shrewd triumph of a show…”
“It’s theatre with an intensity of purpose, honest even unflinchingly graphic, wickedly funny and memorably impressive at every level.”
★★★★★ Herald »

“real laugh-out-loud stuff…wit, charm and pathos…”
“the music and song is an integral, and often beautiful, part of the show’s emotional integrity”
★★★★ The Scotsman »

“…a genuinely engaging, touching and amusing production…”
★★★★ Broadway Baby

“Unflinching, inventive, and tender…”
★★★★ The Stage »

“The stories…are personal, often very intimate, and also incredibly funny”
★★★★ TVBomb

“…as satisfying in its form as anything crafted for the big popular circuit….its true value in creating theatrical magic…”
★★★★ AllEdinburghTheatre

Discover what audiences thought of Purposeless Movements

Production Photographs


2016 Tour Information

Made in co-production with Tramway

Tramway, Glasgow Thu 25 – Sat 27 Feb 2016

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Wed 2 – Fri 4 Mar 2016

Eden Court, Inverness Wed 16 Mar 2016


⬇️ Meet the 2016 Creative Team ⬇️

Robert Softley Gale: Writer & Director

Robert is an established figure in the Scottish arts scene, with over ten years experience in diverse and varied roles – including disability rights activist, actor and performer, writer, artistic director and supporter and advocate of equality of access to the arts for disabled people whether as artists or audiences.

Robert’s professional acting debut was with Theatre Workshop (Edinburgh) in Nothing Ever Burns Down By Itself in 2002 and since then has appeared in many productions and has developed his own artistic practice – most recently instigating, co-writing and performing in Girl X for the National Theatre of Scotland, directed by Pol Heyvaert of Belgium’s Campo. In 2011 he was awarded and undertook a Creative Scotland residency which allowed him to develop If These Spasms Could Speak.

A graduate of Glasgow University with an MSc (Hons) in Business & Management, Robert’s other role is as a director of flip – disability equality in the arts which works across Scotland to support individuals and organisations in the arts sector.

Other acting credits include: The Hogmanay Boys, Asylum, I Have Before Me…, The Threepenny Opera, The Last Little Fish in the Net and Hans Christian Andersen: A Christmas Tale (Theatre Workshop); The Irish Giant and Brazil 12 – Scotland 0 (Birds of Paradise), Heelz n Wheelz (Fittings Multimedia); A (Gay Disabled Transsexual) Love Story… (Boygirlfruitflower) and Private Dancer (Janice Parker). Film and television credits include Out of Order (MacInnes Films), Trouble Sleeping (Makar Productions) and River City (BBC Scotland). He has recorded a number of dramas for BBC Radio 4.

Laurence Clark: Performer

Laurence Clark is an internationally-acclaimed comedian, presenter, writer and actor who has cerebral palsy.  His observational, political stand-up and hidden camera footage demonstrate the endearing naivety and ridiculousness of human behaviour by seeing the world through his eyes with humour and warmth.  He’s performed everywhere from the House of Commons to a double-decker bus in Sheffield.  His 6 critically-acclaimed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe have gained him 21 4-star and 3 5-star reviews.

With television appearances on BBC, ITV and Channel 4, Laurence was the subject of a major BBC1 documentary called “We Won’t Drop the Baby” shown in March 2012.  He was awarded Shortlist magazine’s Funniest New Comedian, for 5 years wrote a popular blog for BBC Ouch and regularly performs and writes sketches for comedy collective Abnormally Funny People, resident at London’s Soho Theatre.

Pete Edwards: Performer

Pete’s artistic practice spans acting, writing, devising and leading workshops.

His acting work includes: Moliere’s George Dandin, directed by Phillip Osmond. The short film Welcome Stop, directed by Michael Achtman. His solo show Fat which he wrote and performed, which was also directed by Michael Achtman.

Pete took Fat on tour which included DaDa Festival Liverpool where he won the ‘Emerging Artist Award’ of 2010. He also took the show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival In 2012. In 2013 he was supported by the Arts Council England, the Barbican Centre and Guildhall School of Music & Drama to design and deliver performance workshops for people with alternative forms of communication. In 2014 he was awarded an Unlimited R&D, exploring themes of rape and sexual abuse of disabled people through a mixture of realistic and abstract scenes.

Pete has also delivered accessible drama workshops for RAWD in Liverpool, spoken at the Integr ART conference in Geneva and at the Live Art Development Agency’s Access All Areas conference in London.

Jim Fish: Performer

This is Jim’s first role working with BOP and he’s very excited to be involved in the project. He trained at the Oxford School of Drama and has worked with many different theatre companies over the years. He is currently a principal member of the well established Krazy Kat theatre company, who specialise in innovative and visual performances for deaf and disabled children. He has also worked with Fittings Multimedia, a disability-led company on Master Juba and with Deafinitely Theatre, one of the UK’s best Deaf-led theatre companies whose work include touring new writing around the UK to performing Shakespeare at The Globe Theatre. Some of his other acting credits include, The Winters Tale, King Lear and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (RSC), Two (Southwark Playhouse), The Tempest (Nottingham Playhouse), Seven Jewish Children (Hackney Empire/Gilt and Grime), The Tempest and Adventures in Wonderland (Teatro Vivo), Day By Night (The Albany, Deptford), The Perfect Spot (Cartoon Theatre/Arts in Motion), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CBSO), Fire in the Fields (Theatre and Beyond), For Once I Was (The Silent Collective), Body Checks (Guildford Yvonne Arnaud), Transmissions and Toy Theatre (Birmingham Rep), La Cage Aux Folles (Tour), Blood on the 3 for 2 Display (Old Red Lion/Paines Plough), The Wedding Dress (StoneCrabs), Film credits include The Brits are Coming, High Rise and Neighbours from Space. He also played Max Cunningham in the multi award winning short The End.

Colin Young: Performer

Colin Young’s interest in performance came through college and university when talking part in productions including, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Crucible. Since joining VisABLE Colin has had 3 major appearances in Call the Midwife and the Dumping Ground for the BBC. Colin continues to pursue acting while working in the third sector and completing a PhD.

Rachel Drazek: Movement Director

Rachel’s work as a movement practitioner spans a wide range of performance and community contexts. Having just finished work as Movement Director on The Hurricane Boy (regional tour) she is very much looking forward to working with the team on Purposeless Movements. Rachel facilitates community projects widely throughout the Uk including Inclusive movement, Somatic movement and Dance for Elders sessions – as featured in The Guardian newspaper last year. With a BA in Acting and and MA in Movement, teaching and working alongside actors is a key area of interest and work. Teaching credits include; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), ALRA (North & South), The Dukes Theatre Lancaster.  Rachel’s dance interests very much lie in the social dance arenas, teaching international folk dances and Rock’n’Roll partner work. Recent performance credits include; Crazy Jane, Birds of Paradise; I Do, Dante or Die; Blown Away, Birds Nest Theatre; and The BFG and Snow Queen both for The Dukes Theatre Lancaster.

Luke Pell: Dramaturg

Luke Pell is an artist living in Scotland. Working in and in between spaces of dance, theatre and live art. Maker and curator he collaborates with other artists and organisations imagining alternative contexts for performance, participation and discourse that might reveal wisdoms for living. Fascinated by detail, nuances of time, texture, memory and landscape. His artistic projects take form as intimate encounters; poetic objects, installations and designed environments – site-responsive choreographies – for physical and virtual spaces. He is Associate Artist with Candoco Dance Company, Janice Parker Projects and Fevered Sleep.

Luke’s work has been presented throughout the UK and internationally including Not Simply Dancing, Greenwich Dance; Unlimited Festival, Southbank Centre, London; In Between Time, Bristol; E- Motional, Romania, Anti-Festival, Finland and Room of Requirement, Berlin. His recent collaborative work Take Me To Bed with Jo Verrent, won the prize for ‘Best Overall Work’ at the inaugural Light Moves Festival of Screen Dance, Ireland, 2014 going on to be presented at Dance Live, Aberdeen; Dance International Glasgow, Tramway and Dansens Hus, Stockholm.

His curatorial projects have included: What Next 2013 for Independent Dance, London; A (Supper) Room Full of Words for Greenwich Dance; the In Dialogue series for Candoco Dance Company and Supporting Artists with PAL Lab he is also a repeat recipient of Jerwood Performing Arts Residencies at Cove Park.

Scott Twynholm: Composer & Musician

Scott Twynholm is a musician and composer based in Glasgow. Recent work includes the scores for the feature documentaries: My Brother the Ark Raider (BBC ALBA), Alasdair Gray – A Life in Progress (Hopscotch Films), Scottish BAFTA winning Marty Goes to Hollywood (Urban Croft), and BAFTA nominated drama short A Love Divided (Solar Bear). His compositions have also appeared in Palme d’Or nominated The Edukators, Cameron Crow’s Vanilla Sky, numerous adverts and TV programmes. In 2015 Alasdair Gray – A Life in Progress was released as a soundtrack album on De-Fence records.

He has also composed music for many theatre and dance productions. These include Love Struck (BalletLORENT), Denton And Me (The Arches), The Gamblers (Greyscale/Dundee Rep), Wallace (The Arches/National Theatre of Great Britain), Catch-22 (Northern Stage), Endurance (A Moment’s Peace), Far Away and The Grapes Of Wrath (Citizens Theatre), GirlX and This Is What We Ask (National Theatre of Scotland), Spoonface Steinberg (Jermyn St Theatre, London), Yarla and the Winter Wood (Starcatchers), First Light (Imaginate), If These Spasms Could Speak (The Arches, Edinburgh Festival), Good With People (Paines Plough).

Kim Moore: Musician

Kim Moore is a composer based in Glasgow, she makes work across the arts and under the name WOLF. Kim also used to make music with Glasgow indieband Zoey Van Goey. Her work includes collaborations with Glasgow Film Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland, Magnetic North, Sound and Music : Adopt a Composer working with Bristol Reggae Orchestra, Eilidh MacAskill, Traverse Theatre, Barrowland Ballet. 2016 sees Kim working with Barrowland Ballet touring internationally, Curious Seed, Julia Taudevin, Terra Incognita, Tom Dale, Jenna Watt, Playtronica, and starting a new record label called ICOSA records.