The UK’s premiere company for adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities invites industry professionals of all genres and sensory theatre audiences, to celebrate their birthday and learn more about sensory theatre.
2023 is a big year for Frozen Light, who not only celebrate a decade of reaching audiences, but also becoming an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation for the first time. To mark the occasion the company are inviting theatre makers, programmers, academics, producers, directors and artists to come and learn more about this exciting and growing sector, as well as the opportunity to meet the audiences who are keen to see more – all in Frozen Light’s hometown of Norwich.
Amber Onat Gregory, Co-Artistic Director of Frozen Light said “We’re thrilled to be celebrating 10 years of Frozen Light in our home town of Norwich, joined by sensory theatre makers and audiences from across the country. The day will see us looking ahead to the future of the sector, to ensure that audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities are always included. It will be a jam packed day filled with discussions, artist pitches and sensory activities. We can’t wait.”
Founded in 2013 Frozen Light have created 7 shows which have toured to over 70 different venues across the UK. In 2016 they were the first company to take a show specifically for audiences with PMLD to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and they returned again in 2017 as part of the British Council Showcase. In 2019 they were invited to New Zealand to work with Charlotte Nightingale who at the time was working at Touch Compass Dance to support the development of the country’s first show specifically for audiences with PMLD which became Masina Returning Home. Forever adapting with the times, in June 2020 Frozen Light launched The Frozen Light Podcast and in 2021 created their first digital production 2065:The Multi-Sensory Movie, followed by their first outdoor show Night Out in Nature. Frozen Light are based in Norwich and have an office at The Garage, they are an associate company of The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Cambridge Junction.
The event will be accessible for people with PMLD with sensory activities on offer throughout the day which will reflect discussions happening at the conference in an accessible sensory way. Sessions in the Auditorium will be supported by BSL interpreters. There will be a chill out space and RevoLOO on site.
The Sensory Symposium takes place on 25 May 2023 at The Garage in Norwich. For more details see www.frozenlighttheatre.com/sensorysymposium
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