Writers: Lucy Garland, Amber Onat Gregory
Director: Kate O’Connor
Reviewer: Charlie Hackett
Frozen Light Theatre specialises in creating theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Disabilities and from its very beginning, Home is a unique and expertly devised theatrical experience.
Scarlett (Lucy Garland) and Olive (Amber Onat Gregory), take the time to personally welcome each audience member into their world. A world disrupted by a devastating sandstorm, where they only have each other to rely on, as they build themselves a new home.
Stephanie Williams’ simple but beautiful set feels instantly inviting and inclusive, from its gold, glittering desert to its colour-changing pyramid. Kirsteen Wythe’s tribal costume adds an other-worldly quality and live music and singing are provided by the multi-talented Al Watts. Home’s live music is a real treat throughout, keeping the performance flowing, adding beautifully to the sense of ease and comfort.
The audience is invited to experience Home’s simple story through each of their senses, with opportunities to taste, touch and smell throughout the performance. In addition the cast use sign language to further aid Home’s accessibility.
The cast continually shows great skill in accommodating their audience, dealing with anxious audience members with genuine care and sensitivity. They clearly understand their audience and how to create a sense of wonder and engagement, their warmth shining through with each one-to-one interaction. Nothing feels forced or rushed and they aren’t remotely fazed when an audience member decides to join them on stage.
The show’s night-time moment is particularly immersing, a real moment where beauty and simplicity collide, but to say too much about that would spoil the surprise, of which Home has many.
Theatre created specifically for audiences with disabilities can sometimes feel patronising, but everything about Home feels skilful, respectful and perfectly pitched.