Project information

HOME - Multi-Sensory Theatre for People with PMLD

Home: Tell Me A Tale and Frozen Light's new multi-sensory touring production for audiences with PMLD and learning disabilities. Home is being created for an audience aged 13+ to provide them with an accessible opportunity to access meaningful, engaging, inspiring theatre.

January 2017 - May 2017

Charity information: Tell Me A Tale

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  • Need


    Accessing the theatre can be very challenging for someone with PMLD and although they may enjoy being there, mainstream shows do not meet their exact needs. There is currently no theatre in the UK created specifically for people with PMLD. We receive e-mails and phone calls weekly from parents, teachers and care providers asking when we will be visiting a venue near them as there are simply not enough accessible opportunities for the person they support with PMLD to access.


    This Spring tour is so extensive (39 venues) to ensure we reach reach as many people as possible. As the only company that tours work for people with PMLD, we feel a great responsibility to do this, this is why we are committing to our largest ever tour. We hope to reach a wider audience in areas where participation is currently low and allow more young people with PMLD the chance to experience and be inspired by performance.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To combat the problem of limited arts access for people with PMLD, and engage them with performance


    » Develop and tour our fantastic new production Home, specifically devised to meet the complexneeds of people with PMLD, to 37 venues across the UK.
    » Work with our panel of people with PMLD and their families to give feedback on the development of the show, to ensure it meets their needs.
    » Heavily evaluate and observe our audience during performances, and ask companions to fill out feedback forms for our future use.
    » Give a lecture and discussion about our development and tour at the end of our residency at The Point, Eastleigh with fellow artists and venue staff.

    By asking carers to give extensive feedback on each performance, observing the behaviours and expressions of our audience members, evaluating returning audience figures.

  • Impact


    We hope that our huge 37 venue Spring Tour of Home will encourage different communities to come together in support of accessible arts, and allow those with PMLD, a group marginalised in society, to access a profound and exciting production that is tailor made for them, something they have not had the opportunity to do before. Between our 1st and 2nd tour, the percentage of people that had not visited the theatre before had gone down from 41% to 24%- we hope to keep lowering this statistic.


    The main risk is not reaching as many people as we would like. This is a problem we commonly overcome. We work closely with the marketing departments of each venue to develop audiences in that area. This summer we brought our previous show The Forest to Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time, and worked hard to reach out to schools, groups, charities etc to help us connect with as many people with PMLD in Edinburgh as possible, and we continue to do this with every venue we visit.


    We are very active on social media, constantly updating on our progress, development, and the tours. We have previously written articles for the Guardian, PMLD link, and plan to regularly blog about our work to keep interested parties updating with how we're getting on.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £64,730

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      Amount Heading Description
      £23,850 3 actors 3 actors for the entirety of the Spring tour
      £7,950 1 production manager 1 production manager for the entirety of the Spring tour
      £3,400 1 administrator 1 administrator to take on admin duties during the tour
      £5,140 All other touring costs Per diems for 4 people during tour, mid-tour set refurb, consumable props, tour evaluation
      £24,390 Main tour costs Accommodation, van hire, petrol, parking, etc.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Income from venues £30,000 Guaranteed
    D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust £3,000 Guaranteed
    Boshier Hinton Charitable Trust £4,400 Guaranteed
    John Thaw Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    Bruce Wake Foundation £2,500 Guaranteed
    Sir James Knott Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    The Hull and East Riding Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    The Neighbourly Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    Michael Marsh Charitable Trust £1,750 Guaranteed
    The True Colours Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We are just about to embark on a 6 venue East of England Autumn tour, in preparation for our ambitious Spring tour. The Spring tour from January to May will see us visit 37 venues across the UK, all the way from Scotland to Plymouth, visiting as many areas of the country in between. The Spring tour of HOME is the biggest tour we have done to date, and we are excited to bring our work to as many people with PMLD as possible across the country.


    We create theatre specifically for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD). People with PMLD are among the most excluded in society. They have complex needs and often profound communication difficulties. Theatres rarely cater for these needs, and so people with PMLD do not have equal opportunity to access theatre in a meaningful way. We want to change this, by using sign, music and 1-1 interaction to ensure that we provide an engaging experience for our audience.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Tell Me A Tale has been going since 2007, and has been a registered charity since 2012. We have always been passionate about creating accessible arts opportunities for diverse community groups. This led us to create our theatre initiative Frozen Light in 2012, the only theatre group that creates theatre specifically for audiences with PMLD. Since then, Frozen Light has created 2 shows, performed to 2143 people across the country, and become known for our commitment to accessible theatre.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lucy Garland

    Lucy, with Amber, is the co-artistic director of Frozen Light. She and Amber created Frozen Light together, and she devises and performs in all shows.

    Amber Onat Gregory

    Amber is artistic director of Tell Me A Tale, and created Frozen Light along with Lucy. She has always loved to create accessible arts opportunities.

    Al Watts

    Al is a professional freelance musician, who has composed, produced, and performed the music for our previous shows, and will also star in Home.

    Lorna Owen

    Lorna is our general organiser and administrative expert. She also works as Administration and Personnel Manager at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.

“Lucy enjoys being at the panto but it’s not made for her, when she comes to see a Frozen Light show it is made especially for Lucy, the show is about Lucy’s experience. We need more of this please!”

Parent of child with PMLD, Norwich based