My Left Right Foot – The Musical

© Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Program Information

Genre / City Musical / Glasgow
Dates 2 May at 14:30, 3 May at 13:30
Venue At Shizuoka Arts Theatre
Duration 95 minutes
Language In English with Japanese subtitles
seat Reserved seating
Directed and written by Robert SOFTLEY GALE
Production Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, National Theatre of Scotland
© Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
© Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
© Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Introduction

A hilarious made-in Scotland hit musical lands in Shizuoka.

Fresh from winning the Best Musical award at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival comes this happy Scottish musical about an amateur troupe that decides to perform a version of 1989’s Oscar-winning movie “My Left Foot” because they think it’s an “inclusive social drama” that will appeal to lots of people. That movie based on a novel by Christy BROWN about an Irish painter/author born with cerebral palsy starred Daniel DAY-LEWIS in the central role, so the amateurs appoint a veteran actor to play that part. Then, after taking advice from one of the troupe’s members, called Chris, who suffers from the disease, they feel well prepared for their opening night. But things start going horribly wrong in rehearsals. So, what’s the meaning of acting the role of a disabled person? And what really constitutes an inclusive society? Well, the musical’s director, Robert SOFTLEY GALE — a cerebral palsy sufferer and leading figure in Scottish arts — laughs away his disability and makes this a great comedy. Furthermore, the play’s humor and its actors’ powerful singing can only help to bring everyone in society together.

Synopsis

When an amateur theatre company decides to stage the hit film “My Left Foot,” the director, Amy, thinks it will be helpful to interview Chris, a member of the company who himself has cerebral palsy. To encourage Chris to be interviewed, Gillian, who has a soft spot for him, falsely tells him he’s got the main role, and he’s excited to take up his new challenge. Then, however, he sees that Grant, who is not disabled, is actually performing “his” role in the rehearsals . . .

Director’s Profile

© Julien Bourgeois

Robert SOFTLEY GALE
Robert SOFTLEY GALE is an established figure in the Scottish arts scene, with over ten years of experience in diverse roles including disability rights activist, actor and performer, writer, artistic director and advocate of equality of access to the arts for disabled people. He has appeared in many productions and has developed his own artistic practice – including instigating, co-writing and performing in “Girl X” for the National Theatre of Scotland, directed by Pol HEYVAERT of Belgium’s Campo. His award-winning writing debut and 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 and India. SOFTLEY GALE joined Birds of Paradise as Artistic Director in November 2012, which is Scotland’s touring theatre company that promotes the work of disabled artists in partnership with non-disabled artists and mainstream theatre venues and companies. He sits on the board of the National Theatre of Scotland.

Talks

◎Pre-performance talk: Starting 25 minutes before each performance

Cast / Staff

Directed and written by Robert SOFTLEY GALE
Music: Claire McKENZIE
Lyrics: Scott GILMOUR
Additional Music & Lyrics: Richard THOMAS

Performed by Richard CONLON, Matthew DUCKETT, Natalie MacDONALD, Louise McCARTHY, John McLARNON, Dawn SIEVEWRIGHT, Gail WATSON, Gavin WHITWORTH

Associate Director: Emily REUTLINGER
Dramaturg: Douglas MAXWELL
Musical Director: Gavin WHITWORTH
Movement Director: Rachel DRAZEK
Performance Interpreter and BSL Translation: Natalie MacDONALD
Set and Costume Designer: Rebecca HAMILTON
Lighting Designer: Grant ANDERSON
Animation Designer: Lewis den HERTOG
Casting Director: Laura Donnelly CDG
Academic Theatre Consultant: Judith DRAKE

Production Manager: Niall BLACK
Stage Manager: Emma SKAER
Assistant Stage Manager: Nic REILLY
Sound Operator: Andy STUART
AV Operator: Andy REID
Costume Supervisor: Katy LONSDALE
Production Sound Engineer: Guy COLETTA

Production: Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, BIRDS OF PARADISE THEATRE COMPANY
National Theatre of Scotland NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND
Under the auspices of British Council

Notice

●Recommended for upper than 16s.

●Shizuoka Arts Theatre has a special room with seats for three adults with pre-school children. To see a performance from there, please contact our ticket center* to make a reservation.
●On Thursday, May 2, GRANSHIP volunteers from Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center will provide free childcare at GRANSHIP during the performance for pre-school children aged 2 years and over. To make a reservation, please contact our ticket center* by April 21.
*For your request mail to mail@spac.or.jp with following information;
title: RSV special room or free childcare

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