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Coming to Lyth Arts Centre – a futuristic sensory extravaganza for people with learning disabilities


By David G Scott

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Lyth Arts Centre will host theatre production 2065, a story of rebellion set in the not-so-distant future created for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

With a dystopian, science fiction feel, 2065 is a "defiant, joyous and celebratory" production with an original soundtrack.

In the making of this multi-sensory theatre production, Frozen Light explored the sensory environment of the show before developing the story and characters. Picture: JMA Photography
In the making of this multi-sensory theatre production, Frozen Light explored the sensory environment of the show before developing the story and characters. Picture: JMA Photography

Frozen Light is renowned for creating engaging and high-quality theatre for audiences with PMLD through combining multi-sensory moments, live music, signing and poetic language.

Set in the year 2065, the people of the city are being stifled under an oppressive regime made up of all-powerful corporations who have even banned music. A group of rebels who live outside the system believe things can change for the better and have a mission to remind people of a time when it was possible to thrive and bring music back to the city.

The soundscape has many textures – bass beats and vibrations that the audience can feel as well as hear, combined with synth sounds and, for the first time, a live brass duo. Picture: JMA Photography
The soundscape has many textures – bass beats and vibrations that the audience can feel as well as hear, combined with synth sounds and, for the first time, a live brass duo. Picture: JMA Photography

In the making of this multi-sensory theatre production, Frozen Light explored the sensory environment of the show before developing the story and characters. Interested in experimenting with Low-Fi props for High-Fi impact. Technological and industrial multi-sensory props made from diverse materials were developed to tell the story and experienced up close in a one to one with performer and audience.

An audience member said “Outstanding, sensory, inclusive and relevant; Friendship and courage through adversity, so apt.”

The soundscape has many textures – bass beats and vibrations that the audience can feel as well as hear, combined with synth sounds and, for the first time, a live brass duo.

The results of Frozen Light’s techniques in tailoring and curation mean that audiences, including families and carers, feel included in the work and all their senses are activated.

Running time is approximately 60 minutes and shows are on at 11am and 1.30pm on Wednesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 2.

Tickets are £6 each which covers audience and carer.

Please email info@lytharts.org.uk if you wish to book for 2065

Age Guidance: The show has been designed for audiences aged 13+, although it does not contain inappropriate material for younger audiences.

More info at: lytharts.org.uk/


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