Play aimed at the learning disabled

Published: 12 April 2019
Reporter: David Upton

The Isle of Brimsker Credit: JMA Photography

The Isle of Brimsker is devised specifically for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities from Frozen Light Theatre Company.

It will come to The Lowry April 23–27.

Exploring friendship, isolation and how we react to change, The Isle of Brimsker immerses audiences with PMLD in a multi-sensory story of discovery. It has been developed specifically for these audiences and this performance has been structured to provide an accessible and theatrical environment which responds to the needs of this group by being performed at a close proximity, to small groups and with strong sensory and participation elements.

The play follows a lighthouse keeper who lives on a desolate outcrop surrounded by stormy seas. Duty bound to maintain the light that guides boats away from danger, she lives a solitary existence. One day, a runaway lands on the shore, together they face the inevitable. Change is on the horizon but not in the form she expects.