Frozen Light takes theatre out of its traditional fourth wall performance space and brings it into an intimate place where multisensory meets interactive activities in the play HOME.
This is a story about two women who unexpectedly meet after they’ve been left behind in a dust storm. Their homes have been destroyed and their world shaken. With the hope that someone will come back to save them, the two women work together to create a new home. The dual team of Amber Onat Gregory as Olive and Lucy Garland as Scarlet enchant their audience through touch, smell and sound. HOME was created for teenagers and adults with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD). The actors created a safe environment so that any person with PMLD is able to engage with the play on their own accord.
Upon our arrival in the space, eccentric scents filled the air. Gregory and Garland welcomed and guided each guest into the space with bright smiles and cheery “hellos”. A couple memorable moments were when they danced around the room tossing glitter dust in the air and blew bubbles out of canisters. Everything we touched had a fascinating scent – the soft sand had a hint of cinnamon and the water spray tasted of lemon. Even during the moments of startling bangs from a giant gong, the space felt warm and exciting.
Gregory and Garland made the play very personal by taking a moment for a one-on-one interaction with each audience member. They incorporated sign language into their speech to engage with all audiences. Al Watts, as Dita, included the audience with his music. Watts played his guitar directly in front of audience members or play the instruments directly behind them to give the full effect of the sound. His variety of instruments and unique mixing of sounds made the play more memorable.
This play takes us on a journey of friendship. HOME immerses audiences with fantastic multi-sensory activities and encourages unique interactive experiences that bring joy and laughter.
Review by Aly Chromy
A tale of unexpected friendship
The world is not how they remember it. Where are they now and where is their home? Scarlet and Olive must learn how to survive and create a future together in an environment that is full of surprises. Will the stars shine on this unexpected friendship? And how will they face the challenges that lie ahead?
HOME immerses audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) in a multi-sensory story of discovery. HOME is the latest bold and exciting production from Frozen Light.
Frozen Light in association with New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich present:
Running Time: 1 hour, no interval