A multi-sensory, immersive theatre show, for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities, will be visiting towns and cities across the UK.
The Isle of Brimsker is a bold production, devised specifically for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), from the Frozen Light theatre company. The Isle of Brimsker will embark on an extended tour, seeking to engage with new audiences and enable more people with PMLD to experience the theatre.
Exploring friendship, isolation and how we react to change, The Isle of Brimsker immerses audiences with PMLD in a multi-sensory story of discovery. People with PMLD are among the most excluded in society, with more than 16,000 people in England living with PMLD (Lancaster Centre of Disability Research). The Isle of Brimsker has been developed specifically for these audiences and the performance has been structured to provide an accessible and theatrical environment which responds to the needs of this group. It will be performed at close proximity to small groups, with strong sensory and participatory elements.
The play follows a lighthouse keeper who lives on a desolate outcrop surrounded by stormy seas. Duty bound to maintain the light that guides boats away from danger, she lives a solitary existence. One day a runaway lands on the shore, together they face the inevitable. Change is on the horizon but not in the form she expects. How do you survive when faced with the biggest decisions of your life? Would you change the world or change yourself?
Only a small number of theatre companies worldwide make work designed for people with PMLD. So, for many in the audience seeing Frozen Light’s work will be their first time in a mainstream theatre venue. 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 launched in 2012 as a response to the lack of arts venues catering 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.
When: Until 8th June 2019
Where: Touring the UK (see website for full tour dates)
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the venue (Suitable for ages 13+ with PMLD)
More info: frozenlighttheatre.com/isle-brimsker