We are thrilled that Frozen Light are back to bOing! Festival 2021 with a brand new sensory experience designed for audiences with PMLD called Night Out In Nature.
We caught up with the company to find out more about the event ahead of the festival…
How did Frozen Light Theatre begin?
“Amber Onat Gregory and Lucy Garland trained together at The University of Kent (homeground for bOing!) and when studying for their Performance Applications MDram in 2007 they created a multi-sensory production for a class of teenagers with profound and multiple learning disabilities at St Nicholas’ School in Canterbury. Fast forward six years and they joined forces once more to create what became Frozen Light- a theatre company dedicated to creating multi-sensory theatre productions for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities and touring them to theatre venues and arts festivals across the UK. We’ve been making theatre together ever since and now work with many other artists when creating shows.”
Tell us about Night Out in Nature
“Welcome to Blostma Day! Today is a day of great celebration. Scientists have been working in The Blostma Project, hidden away for more than a decade, perfecting the conditions for the night of the bloom… The Blostma is a super plant, blooming only once every 12 years. Now it is time for the plant to blossom, and you- the invited audience- are here to witness something truly miraculous. If the Blostma blossoms tonight, it may change the future of the world as we know it.”
What can families expect?
“A journey! Audiences will meet in the tea garden where they will be met by their tour guide. Next they will head to The Mycarium where they will meet the Mushroom Keeper, followed by meeting H20 in The BioSprings. Finally they will enter the BioDome where they will meet the Founder- and see the Blostma bloom for the first time in twelve years. They will explore the multi-sensory environments on every part of their journey. Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime… “
What does it mean to you to come to bOing! ?
“This will be Frozen Light’s fourth time at bOing! It’s one of our favourite places to tour to as we love the festival vibe with so many other shows around. It’s also a really accessible festival so many of our audiences with PMLD will also be checking out other parts of the festival. This will also be the first time we’ve performed since 2019 due to the pandemic. We just can’t wait!”
Why do you think access to the art by children and young people is so important?
“Access is at the heart of Frozen Light. Everybody has the right to access high quality awe inspiring entertainment and that is what we hope to deliver to our audiences.”
Also in summary, please describe your performance in 5 words?
“Mad, fun, magic, unexpected and enchanted”