Making digital theatre more accessible for those with learning disabilities | Frozen Light presents, 2065: The Multi-Sensory Movie

Frozen Light will premiere their first digital production 2065: The Multi-Sensory Movie, an  innovative and engaging digital experience designed to bring theatre to the homes of those with  profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). The movie will be accompanied by a box of  sensory props, allowing audiences to explore the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures of  the world of 2065 while watching the film.  

2065: The Multi-Sensory Movie, which was filmed in person after its tour was postponed due to  Covid-19, follows a group of rebels living in a country run by an oppressive regime. The rebels  exist in the shadows, keeping music alive in their hidden Nest with the belief that one day things  will change, if they just keep imagining. Audiences will be directed by Frozen Light’s ‘archivist rebel in residence’ who will signal when to use the ‘Rebel Pack’ of props to explore certain  sensory moments throughout the film.  

Covid-19 has exacerbated feelings of isolation for those with PMLD, with carers often feeling  excluded from vital support. Frozen Light has created this production with the primary aim of  making cultural experiences more accessible for audiences with complex needs; the film offers  an escape while audiences can find joy in the sensory interactions. With repetition vital for  people with PMLD, the ability to re-watch this production is an essential part of its accessibility. 

Frozen Light are renowned for creating engaging and high-quality theatre for audiences with  PMLD through combining multi-sensory moments, live music, signing and poetic language.  2065: The Multi-Sensory Movie has been carefully curated as a digital experience in  collaboration with people with PMLD who, with the support of carers, provided invaluable  feedback to ensure the utmost quality for the performance.  

Amber Onat-Gregory, Co-Artistic Director of Frozen Light, comments, We’re delighted to be able  to reach audiences during this challenging time in the pandemic. We hugely miss engaging with 

audiences within a theatre setting but hope this film can bring some Frozen Light magic to  people’s own homes. 

Lucy Garland, Co-Artistic Director of Frozen Light, comments, It’s been so exciting to explore a  new medium. We hope that by working with film we will be able to share our productions with  audiences we may not have met before. 

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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