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Norwich theatre company presents new show for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities

PUBLISHED: 15:38 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:44 14 May 2018

Frozen Light will be performing The Isle of Brimsker at The Garage as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
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Frozen Light will be performing The Isle of Brimsker at The Garage as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo: JMA Photography

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A Norwich theatre company with a passion for creating work for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities is presenting its latest show at Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Frozen Light will be performing The Isle of Brimsker at The Garage as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Photo: JMA PhotographyFrozen Light will be performing The Isle of Brimsker at The Garage as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo: JMA Photography

Frozen Light is performing The Isle of Brimsker at The Garage, and the show’s cast of two actors and a musician will take audiences on a journey to an isle surrounded by stormy seas where change is on the horizon.

A lighthouse keeper and a runaway who has washed ashore both consider their futures in this performance which has multi-sensory storytelling at its heart.

“All our work is multi-sensory, every part of the show has a sensory aspect that supports it, to make theatre accessible to people with PMLD it needs to be,” explained Lucy Garland, one of Frozen Light’s artistic directors alongside Amber Onat Gregory.

“It starts with the sensory and then the environment grows out of the sensory and then the story grows out of the environment.

Frozen Light will be performing The Isle of Brimsker at The Garage as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Photo: JMA PhotographyFrozen Light will be performing The Isle of Brimsker at The Garage as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo: JMA Photography

“We very much flip theatre-making on its head - whereas traditional theatre starts with a story we start with props.”

She said the story and setting for The Isle of Brimsker came from exploring what music and sound could feel and look like for the audience.

“That led us to setting the show on a desolate rock, looking at waves and sound waves and tidal waves,” she said, adding that one of the show’s sensory elements was a rock pool with speakers that make the water ripple when they create sound, while other elements include cold stones for the audience to feel the landscape, and shelters for each audience member.

The Isle of Brimsker is Frozen Light’s fourth production, and Lucy said each show aimed to help break down the barriers that people with PMLD faced when going to the theatre.

Frozen Light will be performing The Isle of Brimsker at The Garage as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Photo: JMA PhotographyFrozen Light will be performing The Isle of Brimsker at The Garage as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo: JMA Photography

“When we did our first show, Tunnels, nearly 50pc of our audience had never been to the theatre before,” she said, adding that Frozen Light hoped by taking their shows into traditional theatre spaces they would leave a legacy of making these venues more accessible for people with PMLD in the future.

The Isle of Brimsker is at The Garage from May 15 to 19 at 11am and 1.30pm each day. The show is for people aged 13 or over with PMLD.

Tickets cost £10 with one free carer or companion. To book, call 01603 766400.

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