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  • 25 for BOP means...

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    Donate today – http://www.boptheatre.co.uk...
    Or click Donate on our Facebook page
    Or text "BOPT25 £10" (or £1, £2, £3, £4, £5) to 70070

    Birds of Paradise is 25 years old! To celebrate our quarter-century we’re launching this fundraising drive. Help us continue to champion disabled voices and disability equality – on and off stage – for another 25 years.

    Times have changed since 1993: Trainspotting was a novel, yet to be a film; Jurassic Park was a film, yet to be a franchise; UKIP were a fledgling party, yet to…

    Since 1993, BOP has been creating opportunities for disabled people:
    – to tour as actors to venues from Tron Theatre, Glasgow to Teatro Valle Inclán, Madrid
    – to develop creative skills through its Be-BOP and BOP Artists initiatives
    – to experience equality as audiences through pioneering ‘Creative Access’, prioritising British Sign Language, audio description and captions in every performance

    BOP influences the cultural landscape by putting disabled voices and disabled stories front and centre. Since our inception disabled actors have become increasingly visible on stage and screen in productions that fall outside the ‘disability arts’ genre, such as Sarah Gordy in Crocodiles (Royal Exchange Theatre), our own (Wendy Hoose, 2014) Amy Conachan in Hollyoaks (Channel 4) and Liz Carr in Silent Witness (BBC).

    While representation is improving, there is still work to be done – Sally Hawkins has just received BAFTA and Oscar nominations for her portrayal of a Deaf woman in ‘The Shape of Water’. At BOP we question why a Deaf actor was not cast in that role? Our upcoming production ‘My Left Right Foot – The Musical’ challenges this outdated approach to non-disabled actors playing disabled characters, and often winning an Oscar in the process. Just as there remains a need to champion the artistic voices of women or people of colour, BOP feels it is vital to create quality theatre that puts disabled people’s stories centre-stage to challenge stereotypes, widen perspectives and empower the marginalised.

    What are BOPs plans?
    – Build on our canon of award-nominated work by engaging with creative collaborators, making work that champions disabled voices on a larger scale
    – Tour work to even more people in Scotland, the UK and internationally
    – Work with theatre creatives and production staff who identify as disabled to build a resource for the sector
    – Examine how our BOP Artists model can develop disabled artists of colour and those with other intersectional identities
    Deliver Disability Equality Training, consultation support and access audits

    Since 1993 BOP has influenced theatre in Scotland and changed the lives of many disabled people – your help will take our vision forward to 2043! In this special year we are asking you to donate £25 to help us create more opportunities for young disabled people to get involved in the arts, bring more unique stories to the stage and support others to embrace equality and Creative Access – we are excited for the challenge and change of the next 25 years! Show less
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    • Wendy Hoose - Duration: 75 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 3,361 views
      Music featured - "Trouble" by Neon Jungle - All copyright acknowledged.

      Birds of Paradise Theatre Company and Random Accomplice presents

      Wendy Hoose by Johnny McKnight

      Directed by Robert Softley...
    • Purposeless Movements - a word from our BSL Interpreter Amy Cheskin - Duration: 3 minutes, 13 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 1,100 views
      Now to introduce you to...AMY CHESKIN! Our BSL interpreter for Purposeless Movements.

      This video is in BSL with audio voice over and captions can be turned on by clicking the CC button.

      Find out ...
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    • Purposeless Movements - Trailer - Duration: 81 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 1,013 views
      Purposeless Movements by Robert Softley Gale

      ‘What’s so great about purposeful movement? Half the fun in life is not knowing what’s coming next.’

      Purposeless Movements is a visually stunning new ...
    • Purposeless Movements Vox Pops - Duration: 4 minutes, 20 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 962 views
      Audience reaction vox pops filmed at a performance of Purposeless Movements at Traverse Theatre, February 2016.

      Funny and challenging in equal measure, the show fuses music, video, movement and te...
    • In An Alien Landscape - Duration: 24 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 878 views
      Video trailer for In An Alien Landscape

      In An Alien Landscape
      Birds of Paradise Theatre Company in association with the Beacon

      Written by Danny Start

      Director Julie Ellen Designer Kenny Miller

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    • Birds of Paradise presents The Man Who Lived Twice by Garry Robson - Duration: 57 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      • 852 views
      View the video trailer of The Man Who Lived Twice by Garry Robson. On tour across Scotland March/April 2012. Full touring venues on www.birdsofparadisetheatre.co.uk

      Birds of Paradise Theatre pre...
    • Blanche & Butch by Robert Softley Gale – Official Trailer - Duration: 91 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 744 views
      Introducing a new comedy from the award winning BOP Theatre. Blanche & Butch is written by Robert Softley Gale. It was the best idea they’d ever had – three disabled drag queens – called ‘Heelz n...
    • The Tin Soldier - Trailer - Duration: 26 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 675 views
      Hans Christian Andersen’s first ever children’s story is about two people who find each other in a rough tough world – although, like winter, nothing lasts forever.

      The Studio, Edinburgh Festival ...
    • My Left Right Foot - The Musical: Trailer - Duration: 58 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 674 views
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    • Mother Courage - Duration: 47 seconds.

      • 8 years ago
      • 660 views
      Birds of Paradise Theatre in association with Paisley Arts Centre presents

      MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN
      by Bertolt Brecht
      Translated by Lee Hall

      Directed by Morven Gregor
      Designed by Hazel Blu...
    • Wendy Hoose 2014 - Duration: 75 seconds.

      • 4 years ago
      • 560 views
    • The Man Who Lived Twice - Duration: 4 minutes, 48 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 522 views
      Birds of Paradise Theatre presents The Man Who Lived Twice - written by Garry Robson and Directed by Alison Peebles.
      Actors: Paul Cunningham, Laurie Brown and Karina Jones
      More information: www.bi...
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