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Groundbreaking show for PMLD audiences on tour

Multi-sensory, immersive theatre show for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities to undertake mammoth 59 date UK tour, January – May 2017

Frozen Light theatre company are taking Home, their latest bold and exciting production, devised specifically for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) on an extensive tour of England, Scotland and Wales. This is the most ambitious tour yet for the company that was specifically formed to create new work for those with complex disabilities. It takes in 59 dates (many with 2 performances a day) at 41 venues around England, Scotland and Wales.

Exploring a new and unknown world, Home immerses audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) in a multi-sensory story of discovery. Frozen Light devised this accessible and inclusive production especially for teenagers and adults with PMLD.

For many in the audience this will be their first time in a mainstream theatre venue. Frozen Light co-artistic director Amber Onat Gregory said ‘We want to enable people who rarely attend high street arts venues to experience the theatre. With this tour, we hope to reach as many people with PMLD as possible.’

The play follows Scarlet and Olive in a world that is not how they remember it. Where are they now and where is their home? The pair must learn how to survive and create a future together in an environment that is full of surprises. Will the stars shine on this unexpected friendship? And how will they face the challenges that lie ahead?

“a very sophisticated, caringly crafted mixture of music and other sensory elements. Fresh, artless and above all unthreatening and rather magical” Herald ★★★★ (The Forest)

Performing to an intimately sized audience, the three-strong cast accompanies the audience from the foyer into the performance space, ensuring a smooth transition into the theatre environment.

“[The Forest] shows the real power of theatre to inspire, entertain and change” ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

One-to-one interactions with the audience include singing directly to an audience member and offering props to be touched and closely examined. Specially composed music is integrated throughout the performance.

Sarah Holmes, Chief Executive, New Wolsey Theatre, said: 

“The palpable joy of the audience, many witnessing live performance in a theatre environment for the first time is a wonder to behold.”

Susan Elkin, (of The Stage) on seeing a preview commented:

“Home is powerful piece of theatre about loss, separation, fear, loneliness, reconciliation, hope and rebuilding relationships – human life, in fact. These are all things that matter just as much to people with PMLD as much as they do to anyone else.”

Lucy Garland, Frozen Light’s other co-artistic director, added:

“By putting accessible theatre into theatre venues rather than centres or homes we hope to increase the visibility of people with PMLD and create activities for them to access within their local community.”

Frozen Light launched in 2013 as a response to the fact that arts venues rarely cater for audiences with complex disabilities, although theatres are improving accessibility and offering relaxed performances for people who wouldn’t usually access the theatre. The Guardian recently published a good practice piece by Frozen Light on how to stage shows for people with profound disabilities. In 2016 they presented the first ever Edinburgh Fringe show for audiences with PMLD (at The Pleasance) selling out all performances and being immediately invited to return. It is hoped that Home will perform at the 2017 Fringe.

For more information and tour dates, please visit frozenlighttheatre.com/current-production/.