Imaginate Commission 2021

Following an exciting 25th anniversary year and Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival sell-outs in 2018 & 2019 respectively, we are excited to announce a new commission touring in 2021.

BOP and Imaginate are delighted to be collaborating on a new commission for the 2021 Edinburgh International Children’s Festival. The new work will feature music and movement, and will focus on the exploration of the experiences of disabled people – young and not so young. How do we form personal identities in a world that decides for us?

Written by and starring Robert Softley Gale, director TBA in Spring 2021.

Touring Scotland from end April 2021, including a run at the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival in May – TBA

  • Mid-small scale production,
  • BSL, captioning and audio description
  • Children’s Theatre 8+

All BOP productions include integrated BSL, audio description and captioning. We can also offer relaxed performances and wrap-around activities relating to the shows or more broadly access and disability equality within the theatre.

March 2020 development call out


We are seeking young disabled people to assist in the creative development of this production

Who do we want to work with?

We would like to work with disabled young people who are open to talking about and able to reflect on what it is like to be a young disabled person today.  It is a while since Robert was a young disabled person (!) and he would like to talk about how what he experienced compares to your experience. We think this means working with anyone 12 – 20 years old – but this is only a guideline.

What will happen?

You will come along to a small relaxed session of about one and a half hours. There will be some chatting and some creative activities. We will be looking at ways we can tell our stories.

Who will be there? 

Robert and Mairi from BOP will be there and Alex Byrne who makes theatre for young people with the company New International Experiences.  You are welcome to bring a parent or PA but we may ask them to observe and not take part.

When will it happen?

  • Monday 24th February, 6pm – 7:30pm at Inclusion Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Tuesday 25th February, 5:30pm – 7pm at Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow

What will it cost?

The session is free and we will cover any travel expenses.  Some light refreshments will be served.

What will happen afterwards?

We would like to stay in touch and there may be other opportunities to work together as we develop the show.

How do I get involved?

If you would like to get involved please email or call 0141 552 1725

We will ask you to provide some contact and access requirement information.