Don't. Make. Tea.

Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, in association with Traverse Theatre Company by Rob Drummond

Thu 21 - Fri 22 Mar, 7.30pm

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This riveting new dark comedy from Rob Drummond “brings a laser-like focus to the current plight of disabled people in Britain” (Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman)

Another bloody serious comedy from BOP, makers of the hilarious, award-winning, My Left/Right Foot - The Musical. The near future. Chris never wanted to end up here. She’s a proud woman and hates asking for help but when her condition deteriorated she had no choice but to claim benefits. Ralph believes in the new system. He knows it can work for Chris. He’s here today, in her home, to assess her, to prove she is fit and capable of working. Can Chris persuade him to change his mind? And, if not, how far is she willing to go to save herself?

“There will never be a performance that is totally accessible to everyone, but Don’t. Make. Tea. gets pretty damn close.” (Bel Pye, Disability Arts Online).

Don't. Make. Tea. is part of the Traverse's £1 Ticket Project.

All performances are captioned and have creatively embedded BSL interpretation and audio description.

Image: Andy Catlin

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council.

Please see the following information if you are using the access provisions:

British Sign Language Interpretation is embedded in the show.

When you enter the theatre you will find that there is pre-show information onstage. We recommend you sit at least a few rows from the front and central or to the right for the best view.

Captions are placed above the set. We recommend you sit at least a few rows up for the best view.

Audio Description is built into the show. You can sit anywhere. Pre-show information is available on the BOP website.

Sensory Touch Tour. For audience members using audio description, you have the option of arriving early to visit the set for a pre-show descriptive tour ahead of the main audience's arrival. If you would like to arrange this please contact Birds of Paradise Producer, Michelle (

The pre-show descriptive tour must be pre-booked and take place 45 minutes prior to the show starting, the team cannot facilitate this service if you arrive later than this.


★★'Laugh-out-loud comedy, psychological thriller, and deep conversation on the disabled experience of the state' - The Quintessential Review

★★★★'A real hit which should be widely seen and enjoyed' - North West End

★★★★'A little gem of great theatre here which is not just accessible and entertaining to the disbaled community but right across the board' - All Edinburgh Theatre

★★★★'Laced with dark humour and some genuine surprises. Cleverly crafted to be accessible to the widest possible audience, it’s an exciting slice of contemporary theatre.' - Dominic Corr

If you have access requirements, please contact our Sales and Welcome Team on or 0131 228 1404 so we can arrange reserved seating for you and discuss how else we can best support your visit.


  • DirectorRobert Softley Gale
  • DesignerKenneth MacLeod (he/him)
  • AV DesignerJamie MacDonald
  • ComposerScott Twynholm

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All performances are captioned and have creatively embedded BSL interpretation and audio description.