Where's My Igloo Gone?

Where’s My Igloo Gone? is a participatory theatre performance for children and families, which explores themes of climate change, home, community and agency.

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Where’s My Igloo Gone? shows how Oolik sets out to save her melting igloo home, and is staged in the round so everyone can see and take part in this Arctic world of soaring snow geese, pet husky dogs and starry nights… and the kind of cold that makes your skin tingle! The performance also incorporates original music. It is also accessible to Deaf and EAL audiences.

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Performance

Where’s My Igloo Gone? was initially developed in 2015 and produced in 2016. The performance has an initial local and regional tour, and will tour again nationally in 2017.

At mac birmingham and the Arena Theatre, the show is also accompanied by a withy (willow) igloo installation.

Tour dates

2016

2017

Partners

Our scientific advisers are Professor David Hannah (University of Birmingham) and Dr Kris de Meyer (University of London). We have lots of partners, who work with us in a variety of ways. These include:

You might like to visit Pentabus Theatre, who advise us on running a ‘green’ organization. Caroline Parker MBE also advises us on Deaf accessibility.

Research

As a research project, Where’s My Igloo Gone? explores the innovative aesthetics and affects of participatory performance that responds to the climate change debate. Where’s My Igloo Gone? seeks new dramaturgies and ways of engaging with audiences, which encourage and stimulate thought and feeling (and behaviour change and potential action).

Impact

A major part of the research project concerns impact. ‘Impact’ means how academic research causes change or benefits to society, beyond the academic sector. Where’s My Igloo Gone? has had significant ‘impact funding’ from the University of Birmingham and is an ‘impact case study’ for the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts. The project is designed to reach, and benefit, public audiences (children 5+ and their families including Deaf and EAL [English as and Additional Language]), and practitioners (artists; theatre organisations; teachers).

In terms of these two groups, Where’s My Igloo Gone? seeks to reach:

  • diverse audiences, encouraging them better to understand issues of climate, and causing and enabling perceptual and behavioural change. Impacts are thus several. Creative: the project results in a new, public-facing work that fundamentally concerns innovative form; Cultural: a new cultural artefact will be produced; Educational: the research concerns means to engage non-academic users in matters of global concern (here, a key partner is Northfield Eco Centre); Environmental: the research concerns the environment and is itself an intervention in pressing global concerns;
  • practitioners and professionals: the research is conducted in collaboration with industry professionals and has impact upon industry practice by introducing a new aesthetic form and exemplifying accessible performance-making (Deaf/EAL); and insights into socially-conscious theatre production; teachers will have greater understanding and ability creatively to enhance curriculum delivery.

Further listening/reading and downloads

Adam Ledger gave a presentation at the ‘Environment and Economy’ conference. You can listen to what he said, and look at the presentation online.

Adam’s related writings are:

  • Ledger, Adam J. (2016) (chapter, forthcoming) 'Caravania!: intimate theatre for family audiences', Framing Immersive Theatre and Performance: The Politics and Pragmatics of Participatory Performance, ed. James Frieze, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ledger, Adam J. (2014 (2012)) (article) 'Getting intimate in India: care and presence', Performing Ethos 3, 2, pp. 215-18 (article is about one-to-one performance).

Academic ethical review

The project has been reviewed by the University of Birmingham’s AER process and we have provided information to audiences. If you have further questions, please email Adam Ledger.

Supporters

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