Exploring Approaches to Access and Inclusion - New Ways of Working

Dates: 5 to 9 March 2019
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Venue: British Council, Lainchaur

Glasgow-based theatre company, Birds of Paradise (BOP) was invited to Kathmandu to facilitate a five-day workshop for young disabled leaders, professionals from disability organisations and theatre professionals. Twenty-six participants – 14 disabled people, eight art professionals and representatives from art organisations and four representatives from disability organisations - took part in the workshops.

The workshop focused on disability, equality and inclusivity wherein the facilitators talked to the participants regarding how BOP makes use of creative access and collaborative working in theatre production. The Facilitators also mentored the participants to develop project ideas through which four individual participants have received micro-grants, outputs of which will be produced by September 2019.


Birds of Paradise Theatre was formally constituted as a company limited by guarantee and as a registered charity in 1993, becoming Scotland’s first touring theatre company employing disabled and non-disabled actors. Since then we have been led by a number of visionary leaders and in 2012 we became disability-led through the appointment of our current Artistic Directors.

Many original aims behind the formation of the company are still familiar to Birds of Paradise today: to employ disabled and non-disabled actors and other theatre professionals, to commission new work, to work in partnership with other organisations at home and abroad, to create positive images of inclusion and to encourage participation in the arts.

Mairi Taylor (Executive Producer), Michelle Rolfe (Producer) and Callum Madge (Engagement Manager) from the theatre company facilitated the workshop.

Download this report for more details on the Arts and Disability project workings in Nepal.

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