Our family eco-adventure, Where’s My Igloo Gone? has been touring the UK since November 2016, to fantastic audience responses. , and it’s now come to an end…
During the first touring phase, we performed the show in 5 regional venues and visited our partner schools as part of our audience engagement/building strategy: Longwill School for the Deaf, and Greet Primary, which has a high percentage of EAL learners.
We gave four workshops and created a ‘withy igloo’ foyer installation/experience at MAC Birmingham and the Arena, Wolverhampton, which attracted large numbers of passers by over a number of days. We were also unexpectedly invited to perform at Fort Royal Special School, where audiences and staff were very enthusiastic. This encouraged us to develop a Relaxed Performance version of the show – in collaboration with Richard Hayhow of Open Theatre – which we presented on numerous occasions during our national tour.
The national tour took us to 40 theatres/schools – including 5 West Midlands venues – over 25 weeks between November 2017 and April 2018. Where’s My Igloo Gone?was performed 62 times to total audiences of 2,738 people (79% capacity).
We have been able to widen participation for d/Deaf and EAL (English as an Additional Language) audiences, which was a tremendously exciting development for the company.
We also enhanced our offer to venues & audiences with our ‘We’re So Cool!’ foyer game, which was commissioned by the University of Birmingham & University of Nottingham Collaboration Fund.
Here’s a bit about the show…
Oolik is an ordinary girl who goes on an extraordinary journey…
Sitting in her igloo, a drop of water falls on her head. Then another! Is her home melting? Join Oolik as she sets out on a journey to find help. On her way she meets some exciting friends – including YOU!
Journey into a dazzling, Arctic world of soaring snow geese, pet husky dogs and starry nights. And the kind of cold that makes your skin tingle! Travelling through snowstorms, across oceans and into our hearts, Oolik is not the kind of girl to give up on her quest…
With enchanting live music, it’s a fun, magical experience for all the family, showing that when we work together, anything can happen!
“Truly magical. Children’s theatre at its best” Sarah Fisher, Children & Families Education Officer, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
“A wonderful show for kids and grown ups to make us talk and think about climate change and what we might do” Frances Land, Black Country Touring
“Great work for young audiences” Neil Reading, Arena Theatre
And a taster trailer!
If you’d like to see this trailer with BSL / captions, please look here.
We collaborated with experts in climate change and social psychology – Professor David Hannah (University of Birmingham) and Dr Kris de Meyer (King’s College, London) to weave scientific knowledge into a compelling narrative with dynamic interactive activities, engaging audiences with climate change in a refreshing new way.
We want to show that when people work together, real change can happen!
Check out the project’s own website at www.birmingham.ac.uk/igloo for more information.
The show is co-produced by our partners mac birmingham and Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton. We are also grateful for the support of Arts Council England, University of Birmingham, the CATH project, The Barry Jackson County Fund, The Feeney Trust and The Grimmitt Trust.
Where’s My Igloo Gone? is part of…. The Igloo Project….
The Igloo Project is grounded in science, powered by the imagination. It started as a captivating vision: an igloo in a summer landscape. We explored igloos and Inuit culture. We became interested in climate change. We decided we wanted to make exciting, innovative performance that would really get people thinking…
The project has 2 strands at present: Where’s My Igloo Gone? a small-scale touring family show, which focuses on character and interactive storytelling and Ice People, an interactive walkabout.
On 5th December 2015, the Ice People appeared on the streets of Paris as part of ArtCOP 21 (More details here.)