News: Home comes to Ovalhouse for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities

News: Home comes to Ovalhouse for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities

Frozen Light theatre company bring Home, their latest bold and exciting production, devised specifically for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) to London’s Ovalhouse for four shows as part of an extensive tour.

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?

Exploring a new and unknown world, Home immerses audiences with PMLD in a multi-sensory story of discovery. 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.

 

For many, this will be their first time in a mainstream theatre venue. Frozen Light co-artistic director Amber Onat Gregory comments:

“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.”

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. 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.

 

Home plays Ovalhouse from 5 – 6 May. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.

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