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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.
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.
Originally produced in 2016, Purposeless Movements was revived for Edinburgh International Festival in 2019
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Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock Fri 16 – Sat 17 Aug 2019
The Studio, Edinburgh Mon 19 – Sat 24 Aug 2019 (part of Edinburgh International Festival)
Part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019
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Easy Read & Visual Synopsis:
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Set & Costume Description:
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IN THE MEDIA
FEATURE INTERVIEW: Robert Softley Gale
“…a brilliant, brainy and beautiful piece that leaves you with generous answers as well as multiple questions.”
★★★★★ The List
“Honest, gripping and emotively intimate, this is a must see. A very importance piece of theatre which educates as well as entertains.”
★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide
“… compelling deliberations on the ways in which men with disabilities negotiate their gender identity and sexuality.”
★★★★ The Times
“… a warm and funny experience that achieves what all the best theatre does: open a window on other lives…”
★★★★ The Independent
“Sharp humour and glimmers of hope weave through the piece as they start to poke fun at their own disability.”
★★★★ The Stage
“…celebrating both strength and vulnerability while taking preconceptions of disability to the edge.”
★★★★ The Wee Review
“Provocative without being confrontational, it is a rich and intelligent production that cajoles even as it seduces.”
★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
CAST & CREATIVE TEAM:
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 wrote and directed My Left / Right Foot – The Musical, which won a Fringe First and a Herald Angel at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018.
Rachel’s work spans Movement Direction & Choreography for Theatre.
Her current projects include Sunday in the Park with George for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in March; the return of My Left/Right Foot, for NTS/BOP in Spring 2019 ; and a new piece of work made for Kensington Palace, happening later in the year.
2018 credits include : If we’ve never been to the Moon and The Naughty Fox both for The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury; a large-scale outdoor piece for Gravity Fields Festival; a sell out run of My Left/Right Foot at the Edinburgh Fringe for NTS/BOP ; Digging for Victory (Watermill), and Electra (The Bunker, London).
Other credits : 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).
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 to develop a new show with local artists.
She trained in Acting at GSA Conservatoire, and UCLAN for an MA in Somatic Movement.
With over ten years’ experience in hosting and performing at corporate events, Laurence ce is in high demand on the conference circuit. Whether it’s stand-up comedy, a keynote speech, a witty talk after lunch or dinner, facilitating a workshop, or hosting an event, Laurence has the ability to connect and communicate with a wide and diverse range of audiences.
Laurence Clark is an internationally-acclaimed comedian, screen writer, playwright and actor who has cerebral palsy. He has performed everywhere from 10 Downing Street to a double-decker bus touring Sheffield. His observational, political stand-up, and filmed stunts, demonstrate the endearing naivety and ridiculousness of human behaviour by seeing the world through his eyes – with humour and warmth.
With television appearances on BBC, ITV and Channel 4, Laurence was the subject of major BBC1 documentary We Won’t Drop the Baby, been a presenter for BBC Newsnight and has recently appeared on The Wright Stuff and The One Show. He was awarded Shortlist magazine’s Funniest New Comedian and has been a finalist in the Amused Moose Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He has blogged for BBC Ouch, The Independent and The Guardian and regularly performs with the comedy collective Abnormally Funny People.
His solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe have gained him a plethora of four and five star reviews. He is also a prolific writer
. His first play, Cured about a group of young disabled people who rebel whilst on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, won an Unlimited commission and is being developed as a full production by Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre. He has completed Channel 4’s Commissioner Mentoring Scheme and his drama series Help about two disabled parents who control their own support, based on personal experience, has been optioned by Lime pictures.
He has written and performed in his first short film, Tick Box for 104 Films which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017. Together with Matt Holt, he was commissioned by Channel 4 to write a sitcom pilot called Intolerable which they’re now developing with Objective Fiction.
My artistic practice spans acting, writing, devising and leading workshops.
My acting work includes:
Moliere’s George Dandin, directed by Phillip Osmond. The short film Welcome Stop, directed by Michael Achtman. My solo show Fat which I wrote and performed, which was also directed by Michael Achtman.
I took Fat on tour which included DaDa Festival Liverpool where I won the “Emerging Artist Award” of 2010. I also went with the show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival In 2012. In 2016 I was in the first production of Purposeless Movements, that went on a short tour of Scotland.
My other work includes:
In 2013 I 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 I was awarded an Unlimited R&D, exploring themes of rape and sexual abuse of disabled people through a mixture of realistic and abstract scenes.
I have also delivered accessible drama workshops for RAWD in Liverpool, spoken at the Integer ART conference in Geneva and at the Live Art Development Agency’s Access All Areas conference in London. I am currently writing a book which is based on my life.
Colin Young is a disabled actor with Cerebral Palsy. Making his debut in “Call The Midwife”, Colin played the role of Jacob Milligan who had an on-screen relationship with Sally Harper, played by Sarah Gordy MBE. Colin has since appeared on CBBC’s Dumping Ground. Colin was apart of the cast of Purposeless Movements in 2016.
Amy Cheskin is an experienced British Sign Language (BSL) Performance Interpreter. She graduated from the University of Bristol in 2008 with a 1st Class Hons BSc in Deaf Studies where she opted to pursue specialist knowledge of Sign Language Literature and Performance. Over the last 10 years she has continued to study and develop her own linguistic nuance and style of theatre interpreting. Previously regaling a more traditional ‘side of stage’ interpreting role, it was within the beautifully crafted Purposeless Movements by Birds of Paradise (2016) that she took centre stage. Amy has since performed at a wide range of venues across Scotland with particular interest in the integration of BSL as a creative artistic tool. She is particularly remembered for her work in Stud (2016), Chess (2017), Blanche & Butch (2017), Spring Awakening (2018), In Burrow’s (2018), Hamnet (2018), Pride & Prejudice *sort of (2018) & -ish (2018). Amy is particularly keen to continue developing work that is open to all audiences, and hold the door open for the next generation of aspiring talent both within the interpreting and the deaf community.
Scott Twynholm is a Scottish composer.
He was a member of Looper with Stuart David of Belle&Sebastian, formed the electro-pop band Hoboken with filmmaker Jonathan Carr and released solo records under the Metrovavan pseudonym, the first release of which picked up single of the month in Record Collector Magazine.
Music from Looper appeared in many films including Vanilla Sky and Palm D’or nominated Edukators. After an electronic pop career he returned to study classical composition and he now works
predominately in the collaborative mediums of film, dance, theatre and art. A versatile composer, his music often spans the worlds of contemporary classical and experimental pop.
Recent releases include the soundtrack to the documentary about artist and writer Alasdair Gray and an extended dance work, In the Ink Dark, for choreographer Luke Pell. In 2018 he also scored Make Me Up, the first feature film by multi-media artist Rachel Maclean.
He is published by Mute Song.
Jill O’Sullivan is a multi-instrumentalist/singer/
Fascinated by detail, nuances of time, texture, memory and landscape Luke Pell is an artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland who collaborates with people and places, imagining alternative contexts for performance, participation and discourse that might reveal wisdoms for living. Working with words and movements – words as movements – to draw together seemingly unrelated constellations of bodies and thought their practice takes form as intimate encounters – poetic objects, installations, performances and designed environments – choreographies in print and in person.
As a maker, curator and dramaturg Luke’s work explores how dance and choreographic thinking meets with other worlds and realities, collaborating with independent artists and organisations – often considered outliers – to support the creation of distinct projects, navigate processes of change and explore the emergence and evolution of practice. Artists Luke has worked with include Birds of Paradise Theatre, Nigel Charnock, Claire Cunningham, Jess Curtis, Caroline Bowditch, Jassy Earl and Chloë Smith, Mirjam Gurtner, Shobana Jeysasingh, Naomi Lakmaier, Kate Marsh, Ania Nowak, Janice Parker, Claricia Parinussa, Lucy Suggate and Athina Vahla.
Luke teaches and lectures for students and professionals worldwide – British Council, Central School of Speech and Drama, D.O.C.H, Imaginate, Trinity Laban, The Place, The Royal Academy of Dance M-Tech, Skånes Dansteater – and been an advisor to a range of companies and institutions – Jardin D’Europe with Southbank Centre, Metal, Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Awards and Wellcome Trust Arts Awards. Formerly Head of Learning and Research with Candoco Dance Company, Chair of the Board for Chisenhale Dance Space and Dramaturg in Residence with South East Dance, Luke is an Associate Artist with Fevered Sleep and of Dance Base, Scotland.