The Isle of Brimsker

The Isle of Brimsker

Tuesday 30 – Saturday 3 November

The Isle of Brimsker is the latest bold and exciting production devised specifically for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) from Frozen Light theatre company. It comes to Theatre Royal Plymouth Tuesday 30 – Saturday 3 November.

Exploring friendship, isolation and how we react to change, The Isle of Brimsker immerses audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) in a multi-sensory story of discovery.

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?

Frozen Light devised this accessible and inclusive production especially for adults and young adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

There are a small number of theatre companies in the UK, and throughout the world, that make work designed for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, so for many in the audience seeing Frozen Light will be their first time in a mainstream theatre venue.

Frozen Light Co-Artistic Director Amber Onat Gregory, said “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.”

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. 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.

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.

Tickets are priced from £10 and can be booked by calling the Theatre Royal Plymouth Box Office on 01752 267222.

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