IF THESE SPASMS COULD SPEAK
DATES & TIMES
SUNDAY 29TH AUGUST
CAPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR THIS PERFORMANCE
Tickets for this performance are available across a number of timezones, including BST (Edinburgh, London), EDT (Toronto, New York), PDT (Vancouver, Los Angeles, Seattle), AEST (Sydney).
BY ROBERT SOFTLEY
Solo theatre work by disabled artist Robert Softley, writer and director of ‘My Left/Right Foot – The Musical’.
A collection of funny, sad, touching and surprising narratives, gathered through interviews with disabled people. An engaging, highly humorous and interactive live art performance about disabled people that exposes a truth behind bodies that differ from the norm.
As disabled people, our bodies are central to how we exist in the world. They are the way others first judge us, the subject of medical diagnosis, and usually seen as the reason that we can’t take part in society. And yet, they also carry with them volumes of stories about incidents, scrapes and calamities. Let us tell you how we perceive ourselves.”
Content Warning: Some adult themes and strong language.
★★★★ “Amid all the show’s complex mesh of thoughts and memories … – and a strong, sexy sense of the sheer value and beauty of life, however physically difficult- it’s Softley’s own voice that sings most clearly … Every fragment of his behaviour, after all -from crawling on stage to take up his place in the spotlight, to stripping off at the behest of a remembered nosy doctor- is transformed, made harder, made new by his physical limitations. And in celebrating his own life, he makes us see our own, with completely fresh eyes.” Joyce McMillian, The Scotsman
★★★★ “As Softley crawls onto the stage, there’s a roguish grin on his face, maybe because he knows his monologue, his very presence, is a challenge to how society still pigeon-holes the disabled- and it’s probably not as the kind of well-educated, successful writer/performer who now entertains us with personal anecdotes of a frank and sometimes horny nature. The man is a charmer. Good-looking, self-aware and a slyly witty raconteur … his solo show is rendered wryly humorous. But it’s when he muses on his body’s condition … that you truly appreciate Softley’s untrammelled passion for being alive in the moment- fine, fierce and inspirational.” Mary Brennan, Herald
Written and performed by Robert Softley
Directed by Sam Rowe
Music by Scott Twynholm
Lighting by Nich Smith
Production Manager – Neil Foulis
Producer – Mairi Taylor
BOOK YOUR TICKETS
SUNDAY 29TH AUGUST
HOW TO SELECT YOUR TICKETS
Tickets start from £6, however we’re kindly asking you to consider paying more if you can. There are several options for you to choose from.
If there is more than one person watching on the same device, please also consider buying a “household” ticket. If you want tickets for people to watch on separate devices, you need to buy the appropriate number of single tickets.
A minimum of 25% of every ticket purchased for SHEDINBURGH 2021 will go into the SHED LOAD OF FUTURE FUND; a fund that will directly support the next generation of Fringe artists.
HOW TO WATCH
Once you’ve purchased a ticket, you’ll receive an email with a link that will grant you access to the stream during the viewing window. The performances are live streamed so please note that the videos won’t be available after the stream has ended.
This event can be viewed in a web browser, via Google Chromecast, on Apple or Android TVs and on Amazon Fire TV. Find out how to connect here.