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The Courtyard – Hereford

Again you are getting this blog entry post visit, but again this gives us a chance to let you know about the shows.  We had a lovely time at The Courtyard.  The theatre is relatively new and is a stunning building.  It has an amazing foyer and café area (we had a very scrummy healthy lunch) and I know some of our audience really enjoyed making use of these facilities.  This is what it is all about for us, people with PMLD being able to make a real day out from their trip to the theatre.

Both shows were lovely and we had a wonderful group come from a local trust that really enjoyed the show.  Lots of the staff from the venue also came to see the show which for us is brilliant as it really gets theatre venues talking about multi-sensory work for audiences with PMLD.  

See you on tour!

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Blackwood Miners Institute

Tour has been so busy and due to this we didn’t manage to get this post out before we visited Blackwood Miners Institute.  But in a way I am glad as now I can fill you in on how the shows went.

We had two lovely shows in Blackwood, both to adult audiences.  The venue are hugely dedicated to building their audience base of people with PMLD and hopefully The Forest has started that journey.  They have a relaxed performance of their pantomime coming up in December, so if you are in the area this is worth a look.  We met some lovely staff at Blackwood who have a real commitment to their local community and we hope to there again in the future. 

This was our first visit to South Wales and we are excited to head back to the area in a few weeks when we visit Grand Pavillion in Porthcawl.  

See you on tour!

Lucy Garland, Frozen Light

 

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Live Theatre, Newcastle

It is going to be brilliant visiting Live Theatre.  The venue has shown such a commitment to our work which makes our lives so much easier when it comes to organising our tour.  Live Theatre is so excited to build relationships with audiences with PMLD and is dedicated to creating a welcoming theatre venue that is open to all.  We feel that as a company we fit really well with the ethos of Live theatre and are excited to be working with them.

The theatre is in a beautifully refurbished fully accessible building and is a real treat for anyone visiting.

Apparently polls have reported that Newcastle is the politest city in England.

Nearest Changing Places Toilet –
Wow Newcastle wins the prize for the most changing places of anywhere we are touring to.  Within 1 mile of Live Theatre there are 8 Changing Places, within Newcastle and Gateshead there are 18!

City Library – Charles Avison Building
New Bridge Street
West Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE1 8AX
Tel: 0191 2774100

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The Civic, Barnsley

We are really excited to visit The Civic.  It is the only venue we are visiting in Yorkshire (the country’s largest county).  It is also one of only two venues we are visiting in the North of the country.  We really wanted to visit more venues in the north but unfortunately couldn’t make this happen.  If you live in the North of England and want to see Frozen Light please call your local theatre and ask them to put us in their programme.  We are so keen to reach people with PMLD across the whole of the UK but are aware that there are areas we are not been able to get to on this tour.

The Civic has a really great programme and we are really excited to have been programmed amongst other such brilliant companies.  

Interesting fact about Barnsley – Barnsley is home to the UK’s first ever bottle bank.  As a company who care a lot about the environment we are pleased to visit the town that led the way in glass recycling!

Nearest Changing Places Toilet –
There are actually 3 changing places in Barnsley (brilliant!) The closest one to the Civic is:

Barnsley Town Hall
Church Street
Barnsley
South Yorkshire,
S70 1QX

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The Old Fire Station, Oxford

We’re extremely excited about touring to a venue we’ve never performed at before on Thursday 8th October- The Old Fire Station in Oxford.

The Old Fire station has an incredibly strong outreach program, Crisis Skylight, that it runs with the charity Crisis. Together they hope to end homelessness in Oxford. Through the program they offer training and volunteering opportunities to Skylight members, the chance to create work with professional artists and also enable Crisis members to see shows and exhibitions at the arts centre.  We think that this work is brilliant and also crucial in supporting so many vulnerable people. We’re thrilled that they have programmed The Forest to reach another very vulnerable group in our society.

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Oxford is dubbed the City of Dreaming Spires (see pic below- looks pretty dreamy!) based on the architecture of the University. The dreaming spires are referenced in The Small Faces 60’s song Itchycoo Park.

Nearest Changing Places
The Vine Pub
11 Abingdon Road, Cumnor Village,
Oxford, OX2 9QN

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Amber Onat Gregory
Frozen Light

Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

1782106_739039839459873_389981579_nOn Wednesday 7th October we will be taking The Forest to Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot where we also toured Tunnels to in 2014 (and received some lovely press). Cornerstone will be the first venue on this tour which has a changing places toilet.  This is hugely exciting for us as most of our audience need access to changing places toilets which are unfortunately very difficult to find. Check out the changing places campaign to find out more.  There’s also some great info on the toilet on the Cornerstone website here.  As an arts centre Cornerstone have an extremely rich and diverse performance program, in an extremely flexible theatre, as well as exhibition spaces, participatory activities and a tasty cafe!

Didcot’s landscape is an easy one to recognise due to it’s power stations (an active natural-gas power plant and a closed combined coal and oil power plant).blobSee you on tour!

Amber Onat Gregory
Frozen Light

 

 

Arlington Arts Centre

We’re heading to Arlington Arts Centre on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th October. It’s another venue that we’ve toured to before.  We received lovely feedback last time we were in Newbury (so great in fact that it’s a quote we include on our website).

“For my pupils with profound and multiple complex needs it was a delight to be able to offer them the opportunity of a trip to the theatre. They were able to experience and participate in a piece of tailor-made, accessible, appropriate high quality theatre. This was a marvellous educational and extremely enjoyable event, not least because we were able to access it within a purpose built theatre providing that extra little bit of magic!” Teacher- Castle School, Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury

Getting feedback like this is invaluable to us.  Firstly it’s amazing for us to hear that we’re reaching our aim of creating high quality theatre in theatre venues, and it’s also great to give feedback like this to venues and funders to ensure the sustainability of our work.

article-2420429-1B984D3B000005DC-817_634x418Interesting fact about Newbury
There were famous protests over the building of the Newbury bypass in the 90’s.  Protesters lived up trees and dug a network of tunnels under the roadwork to try and halt the construction of the road. The famous eco-warrior Swampy is from Newbury.

Closest Changing Places
Northcroft Leisure Centre
Northcroft Lane Newbury, RG14 1RS
Tel: 01635 31199

Kennet Shopping Centre
Market Street Newbury, RG14 5EN
Tel: 01635 40748

See you on tour!

Amber Onat Gregory
Frozen Light

 

The Seagull Theatre – Lowestoft

Our sixth venue on tour is The Seagull.  The Seagull are truly embedded in their local community and have been very proactive with getting an audience for the show.  I think The Forest has been sold out since before tickets even went on sale!

The Seagull is probably the smallest venue of tour and squeezing The Forest into the space is going to be interesting, but we will make it work! We really wanted to take Tunnels to The Seagull but couldn’t make it fit into their space.  That’s why when we worked with our designer Stephanie Williams, we specified that she had to make a set that was versatile and could be changed to fit into different sized venues.  

The Seagull is a small theatre with big ambitions.  The staff is almost entirely made up of volunteers but they are a dedicated bunch and we’re looking forward to performing there for the very first time!

Interesting fact about Lowestoft – Lowestoft is the most Easterly point of the United Kingdom, as a company based in the East that’s pretty exciting! 

Closest Changing Places Toilet –
Marina Leisure and Fitness Centre
Marine Parade,
Great Yarmouth,
Norfolk,
NR30 2ER

See you on tour!

Lucy Garland
Frozen Light

The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s

On the weekend of 26th and 27th September we’ll be returning to Bedford to perform at The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s (previously known as Bedford Theatre) where we took Tunnels in 2014. The Saturday family show there was one of the highlights from our Tunnels tour thanks to Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society (BDCPS).

BDCPS brought a group of young adults to see Tunnels along with their parents, siblings and grandparents which resulted in the biggest audiences we’d ever had (a total of 24).  Due to the success of this we’re doing more family shows this year at other venues and we’re working really hard to increase the number of weekend shows that we do in the future to reach our aim of creating theatre that audiences with PMLD can access with their friends and family.  Weekend shows can be a real challenge to sell out as it’s so hard to get the word out about our work to people with PMLD and their carers, as people with PMLD are some of the most marginalised in our society. Thanks to groups like BDCPS who provide specialist support for those living with cerebral palsy and their families, theatre venues are able to work with charities to sell out the weekend shows.

We’re also pretty excited about performing at the newly named The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s- check out the pics of the swanky new venue below:11149536_971257426241431_8295936524472331709_n 10393790_961922617174912_6156619869855617135_nInteresting fact about the theatre- there’s an old organ hidden behind the stage as the venue used to be an old church!

Nearest Changing Places
River Street Multi-Storey Car Park
River Street, Bedford,
MK40 1PX
Tel: 01234 267422

See you on tour!

Amber Onat Gregory
Frozen Light

Colchester Arts Centre

Our fourth venue of the tour is Colchester Arts Centre.  We toured Tunnels to Colchester Arts Centre in 2014 and had a brilliant time with some great interactive audiences.  We are really happy to be working with Colchester Arts Centre as they have such a commitment to access and a dedication to supporting disability arts.

Colchester Arts Centre is a really interesting venue as they have a really eclectic programme with everything from farmers markets, to heavy metal gigs, to early year’s theatre.  We are really excited to be visiting again and hope to see some of the same audiences we met when we visited with Tunnels.

The venue is an old church and the atmosphere of the building added a beautiful quality to Tunnels.  We hope it works its magic on The Forest as well.

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Interesting fact about ColchesterBoth Amber and Lucy are vegans and Colchester has an amazing new vegan café called The Den at Twenty Three. You will find us there between shows quickly snacking on vegan burgers and cupcakes.  One of the staff members at Colchester Arts Centre was coincidently the café’s first customer and also the 1000th- spooky!

Closest Changing Places Toilet:
Leisure World Colchester
Cowdray Avenue,
Colchester,
Essex,
CO1 1YH
Tel: 01206 282000

See you on tour!

Lucy Garland
Frozen Light