Project information

New multi-sensory show for audiences with PMLD

We are creating a new multi-sensory theatre show for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD). This project will reach more people with PMLD than ever before, allowing a group usually excluded from community arts have access to theatre, just like a mainstream audience would.

February 2018 - May 2019

Charity information: Frozen Light Theatre

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  • Need

    Need

    “All people who have profound and multiple learning disabilities will have great difficulty communicating. Many people will have additional sensory or physical disabilities, complex health needs or mental health difficulties.”
    (About Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties – PMLD Network). “People with PMLD are among the most excluded in society.” (Lancaster Centre of Disability Research). Because of their complex needs, mainstream theatre is almost never accessible to people with PMLD.

    Solution

    Our work is specifically created for the needs of people with PMLD. We follow Mencap guidance by performing to small groups at close proximity to our audience, making the shows entirely multi-sensory (as many people with PMLD experience their world through the senses) and adaptable to the needs of each member. We will be premiering a new multi-sensory production and touring nationally in 2018-19, we will reach people with PMLD across the UK in so many areas with work tailored directly for them.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Create a high-quality theatre production made specifically for the needs of people with PMLD.


    Activities

    » Use our years of experience making shows for this audience and other diverse community groups, and work with professionals who understand our audience

    What success will look like

    By ensuring we receive feedback from our audiences and carers during the course of the tour.


  • Impact

    Impact

    We will increase arts engagement amongst people with PMLD across the UK, and demonstrate this using our collected data. Our project will also aid community inclusion, visibility in society and help to change attitudes in the way that the public view those with high-support needs, especially in terms of theatre professionals thinking about programming accessible work in future. This will become clear by an increase in accessible work being put on in theatre venues.

    Risk

    As we are a project by project funded organisation it is always a risk that we will not get the full funding required to ensure that the project can go ahead. We deal with this risk by ensuring that we have applied for adequate funding in good time.

    Reporting

    We use our social media to share updates on every project very regularly, and send personalised thank yous to larger donors with a full project report, with quotes, audience info, photos, and full project detail.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £200 Sensory Shelters Shelters that our audience can sit in during the show
  • Background

    Location

    The project will begin in Norwich and East Anglia, and then tour the UK in Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019.

    The national tour in 2018-19 will reach thousands of people with PMLD, their carers and family members across the whole of the UK.

    Beneficiaries

    Our beneficiaries are people usually aged 13+ and adults with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD):

    “All people who have profound and multiple learning disabilities will have great difficulty communicating. Many people will have additional sensory or physical disabilities, complex health needs or mental health difficulties.” (About Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties – PMLD Network)

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our co-artistic directors Amber and Lucy both have years of experience creating work for diverse community groups before Frozen Light, and have worked in social care settings. Frozen Light have successfully toured 3 shows since 2012 across the UK for this audience group (reaching 2143 people over the first two tours), become the first company to tour theatre for people with PMLD to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and created really strong links with so many venues committed to accessible theatre.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Amber Onat Gregory

    Co-artistic Director, mainly overseeing the business, marketing and finance aspects of the project, as well as booking the tours.

    Lucy Garland

    Co-artistic Director, mainly overseeing the technical and performance aspects of the project, as well as artistic development and artist management.

    Alistair Watts

    Musician and composer, creating the original score for the show and then performing in it.

I was blown away. The joy it brought to the people watching was palpable. Although it is designed for people with multiple and profound learning disabilities I was totally enthralled. How wonderful that there are theatre companies doing shows like this for all members of the community.

Trustee - Colchester Arts Centre