AN immersive theatre production devised specifically for audiences with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) is to tour Scottish theatres.
Multi-sensory show The Isle of Brimsker, created by Frozen Light theatre company, aims to engage with new audiences and enable more people with PMLD to experience theatre.
Exploring friendship, isolation and how we react to change, the show immerses audiences in a multi-sensory story of discovery.
The performance is structured to provide an accessible and theatrical environment which responds to the needs of this group by being performed at a close proximity, to small groups and with strong sensory and participation elements.
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.
Frozen Light are one of only a small number of theatre companies worldwide who make work designed for people with PMLD, so for many in the audience seeing the show will be their first time in a mainstream theatre venue.
There will be a performance of The Isle of Brimsker at The Studio, Edinburgh later this month, with dates in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Stirling, Lyth and Inverness in the early summer.
Frozen Light Co-Artistic Director Amber Onat Gregory says: “The theatre should be for everybody, and more and more venues are starting to look at their programme to see how they can be more accessible, how they can reach all sections of society.
“With this tour we will be reaching more people with PMLD than ever which we are really excited about.”
Lucy Garland, Frozen Light’s other Co-Artistic director, added: “We are really thrilled about our new show The Isle of Brimsker.
“With this production we have pushed the sensory exploration further than ever before and can’t wait to see what reactions our audience have to the show.
“The show explores themes of transition and friendship and we hope this resonates with our audience.
“We have worked with some exciting commissioning partners on this project and, now we have premiered the show, are excited to take it to audiences throughout the country.”
Frozen Light launched in 2012 as a response to the fact that arts venues rarely cater for audiences with complex disabilities.
In 2016 they presented the first ever Edinburgh Fringe show specifically made for audiences with PMLD, to sell out audiences.
They returned to the Fringe in 2017 as part of the British Council Showcase.