Robert Softley Gale
Robert Softley Gale is an established figure in the Scottish arts scene, with over twelve years of experience in diverse and varied roles – including disability rights activist, actor and performer, writer, artistic director and supporter and advocate of equality of access to the arts for disabled people whether as artists or audiences.
Robert’s professional acting debut was in 2002 and since then 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.
A graduate of the University of Glasgow with an MSc (Hons) in Business and Management, Robert is an Artistic Director of Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, Scotland’s touring company that creates world-class productions and projects that place disabled artists centre stage and plays a pivotal role in developing future generations of disabled artists. BOP also works at a strategic level to support the arts sector to develop its inclusive practices.