If These Spasms Could Speak (Full Scottish Tour)

Robert Softley in association with The Arches presents

If These Spasms Could Speak (Full Scottish Tour)

Tue 10 Sep - Sat 12 Oct 2013 | See individual venues for tickets

“We know you want to look, to stare even. It’s OK. You’re allowed.”

Following a hugely successful run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Robert Softley is touring Scotland with his sensational one-man show If These Spasms Could Speak – a hilarious yet moving insight into the day-to-day reality of being disabled.

Drawing upon real stories from other disabled people as well as Robert’s own experiences, the show looks at how their bodies impact the way they live their lives, and how they’re seen by others. Whether sad, funny, touching or surprising, each story offers an enlightening insight into what it really means to be disabled.

The show was one of the highlights of the Arches’ Behaviour festival in 2012, performing to sell out audiences and receiving critical acclaim, when The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillian described it as “strong… sexy… in celebrating his own life, he makes us see our own, with completely fresh eyes”.

At this year’s Fringe festival, If These Spasms Could Speak was first runner-up in the Scottish Arts Club/Edinburgh Guide award for Scottish Theatre as well as receiving a unanimously thrilled reaction from critics.


Full tour dates:

Eden Court
Tues 10th Sep

Tickets: 01463 239841 | Book online

Woodend Barn
Thurs 12th Sep

Tickets: 01330 825431 | Book online

Paisley Arts Centre
Tues 24th Sep
1.30pm & 7.30pm

Tickets: 0141 887 1010 | Book online

Beacon Arts Centre
Sat 28th Sep

Tickets: 01475 723723 | Book online

Tue 1st October

Tickets: 0141 276 9696 | Book online

Dundee Rep
Wed 9th Oct

Tickets: 01382 223530 | Book online

Traverse Theatre
Fri 11th & Sat 12th Oct

Tickets: 0131 228 1404 | Book online

N.B. Access (AD, BSL and text) provided on hand held devices at all dates – please alert Front of House staff when booking.


Reviews from the Edinburgh Fringe 2013:

“This is a must see show, Go, go, go.”
✭✭✭✭✭ DarkChat”

“…timed perfectly, delivered impeccably and has one of the most charming narrators”
✭✭✭✭✭ Fringe Review

“charismatic and charming”
✭✭✭✭ British Theatre Guide

“…a canny and engaging performer… brilliantly funny”
✭✭✭✭ Fest Mag

“…full of humour, intelligence and great stage presence”
✭✭✭✭ The List


About Robert Softley:

The co-creator of National Theatre of Scotland’s critically acclaimed Girl X and artistic director of acclaimed theatre company Birds of Paradise, Robert Softley is one of Scotland’s foremost disabled writers and performers. With over ten years of experience in diverse and varied roles, he has become an established figure in the Scottish arts scene, whether it be as a disability rights activist, actor, performer, writer and artistic director, or as an advocate of equality of access to the arts for disabled people as both artist or audience member.