World tour for Robert’s groundbreaking play

Robert Softley
Robert Softley

A talented performer is looking forward to taking his latest show on the road - after winning rave reviews for its Glasgow premiere.

Kirkintilloch artist Robert Softley - one of only a handful of professional actors in the UK with cerebral palsy - teamed up with swimmer Joe Brown for the play ‘Tell Me What Giving Up Looks Like’, which ran for four nights at The Arches venue recently.

It was commissioned as part of ‘Glasgow 2014’ - the comprehensive arts programme which ran alongside the Commonwealth Games.

The show is an honest, unflinching and entertaining look at what led Robert and swimmer Joe - who also has cerebral palsy - to become the people they are today.

A spokesperson for the production said: “The aim is not to inspire and in fact the pair question why society should find disabled people inspiring at all. This is also one of our most accessible shows to date, complete with captioning, BSL-interpretation and audio description.

“It’s a really timely piece of work with the sports/Commonwealth tie-in, and the current discourse around disability and accessibility.

“Robert’s had a great year so far, this summer being named one of the new Board of Directors for the National Theatre.”

The play won several four-star reviews, being described as “fine fierce and inspirational”.

The former Lenzie Academy pupil will now head off on an international tour, with destinations including Estonia and India in the coming weeks.