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Project information

Frozen by Bryony Lavery

To produce Bryony Lavery's award winning Frozen, directed by Ian Brown, for 4 weeks at the Park Theatre in March 2015. As well as opening up much needed debate around a taboo subject, we will continue to work with local people to explore the themes of this excellent play.

March 2015 - April 2015

Charity information: The Blueprint Theatre Company

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  • Need


    We want audiences to experience this brilliant play by Bryony Lavery in the first full London revival since it was produced at the National Theatre in 2002 to critical acclaim. For Blueprint it completes a 5 year trilogy of work exploring psychological themes and mental health. We also want to use the production to encourage debate and discussion about Frozen's topical and challenging narrative, charting the journey of a mother coming to terms with her daughter’s murder.


    This project will provide audiences with a 4-week opportunity to see the play at the Park Theatre, which is only a few minutes from London's Finsbury Park Station. There will also be Q&As with scientists and children's charity representatives to give audiences an opportunity to ask a panel of relevant experts more about the themes of the play.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Introduce new audiences to Bryony Lavery's play and the work of Blueprint Theatre Company


    » Produce Frozen for 4 weeks at a high-profile London venue - the Park Theatre
    » Promote the production to both local and London-wide audiences, including colleges and universities.

    What success will look like

    Over 1,200 people come to see the production.

    Aim 2

    Raise awareness and encourage discussion of the play's central themes and issues.


    » Produce Frozen for 4 weeks at a high-profile London venue - the Park Theatre.
    » Hold a post-show Q&A with the director, members of the cast and representatives from relevant charity and/or mental health organisations.

    What success will look like

    Audience comments, reviews, responses during the post-show Q&A and informal discussions that take place in the venue after the show.

  • Impact


    It will raise the profile of both Bryony Lavery, her play and the Blueprint Theatre Company. The play in particular will provide a useful reference point for those who might work in sectors that deal with some of the key issues of the play, especially since it charts a mother's journey in coming to terms with the abduction and murder of her child and the exploration of the social and psychology reasons that might drive someone to carry our such an act.


    The risk is that the project is not fully financed and we have therefore prepared two budgets based on best and worst case scenarios.


    Donors will be acknowledged (with their permission) in the programme and a project report showing the impact of the play on audiences will be available on request.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,800 Venue Hire Theatre venue hire (4 weeks x £2700)

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Unity Theatre Trust £500 Guaranteed
    Big Give individual pledges £1,500 Conditional
  • Background


    The production will take place at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, London. Their mission is to be a welcoming and vibrant destination for all. They present classics through to new writing, musicals to experimental theatre all united by strong narrative drive and emotional content.


    The project will benefit people from across London with a particular focus on the local borough. Despite Islington and the area's image of affluence, it is in fact one of the poorest boroughs in the UK. Research carried out by the Islington Strategic Partnership in 2008 found it to be ‘the sixth most deprived local authority in England’ and ‘an area of great contrasts, with neighbourhoods showing some of the country’s worst deprivation.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Blueprint is a new, emerging voice in theatre. We have exceeded our audience targets and gained industry praise for excellent production values, skilled performances and quality of experience for audiences. Our last production received 4 & 5 star reviews and gained a large, local following. This activity provides a further addition to that growing portfolio that has attracted a widely diverse audience, particularly those who would not normally go to the theatre.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ian Brown

    Director. Ian was Artistic Director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse & has directed plays at The Donmar Warehouse, Hampstead Theatre & Traverse.

    Mark Sands

    Blueprint Company Director and head of production for this project.

    Mark Rose

    Blueprint Company Director, producer and actor for this production.

    Sally Rose

    Blueprint Company Director, producer and actor for this production.

Women Laughing - Photography by Simon Kane

Women Laughing - Photography by Simon Kane

this is a gem of a play that Blueprint Theatre have done well to bring back to the fore.

The Public Reviews (Women Laughing)