Mon 22nd – Thu 25th Aug 2016


“The very first Fringe show for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities”





Frozen Light


The Forest is an immersive groundbreaking multi-sensory show that brings the deep woodland to life

Trapped in lives filled with daydreams, Thea and Robin both crave an escape from their everyday routines. One day they are drawn into a dark and mysterious forest finding themselves on an unexpected journey of discovery.

Part love story, part mythical quest, The Forest places audiences at the heart of the action in a mysterious wooded glade, allowing them to experience the smell of the forest before a storm, the feel of raindrops on their palms and the sounds of birds singing overhead and twigs cracking underfoot.

‘a very sophisticated, caringly crafted mixture of music and other sensory elements. Fresh, artless and above all unthreatening and rather magical’ Herald ★★★★

Fringe debutants Frozen Light devised this accessible and inclusive production especially for teenagers and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). This is the first time a production created specifically for audiences with PMLD has been presented at The Fringe Festival.

In an age when the arts (and Edinburgh Fringe especially) has come under scrutiny for accessibility, The Forest is a timely reminder of the inclusive power of the arts to encourage accessibility. It also highlights The Fringe’s stated commitment to improving accessibility for all.

‘(The Forest) shows the real power of theatre to inspire, entertain and change’ The Reviews Hub ★★★★

Performing to up to 12 people - six people with disabilities, each supported by a companion - the three-strong cast accompanies the audience from the entrance into the performance space, ensuring a smooth transition into the theatre environment. Inside, one-to-one interactions between cast and audience include singing directly to each audience member and encouraging props to be touched. The production incorporates live music specifically composed to highlight the emotional narrative and multi-sensory elements of the story.

‘deserves awards and definitely needs to be experienced’ LondonTheatre1 ★★★★★

Frozen Light launched in 2013 as a response to the fact that arts venues rarely cater for audiences with complex disabilities. Those with PMLD have more than one disability. The most significant is a profound learning disability and all people who have PMLD will have great difficulty communicating. Many have additional sensory or physical disabilities, complex health needs or mental health difficulties.

‘intelligent, engaging and rich work for audiences with learning disabilities Audience member companion, Derby

Admission: £10

Pleasance Courtyard (Beyond)

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