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 developed in 2015 and produced in 2016. The performance had an initial local and regional tour in 2016/17, and is touring nationally from November 2017 and during 2018.

The performance is also accompanied by an interactive installation.

  • Two actors performing

Tour dates

Date Times  Venue Box Office  Online Booking
2017
Fri 10 Nov 6.30pm RP Glasshouse Arts Centre, Stourbridge 01384 399 433 ruskinglasscentre.co.uk
Sun 12 Nov 11.00am & 2.00pm Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 024 7652 4524 warwickartscentre.co.uk 
Sat 18 Nov 2.30pm Longnor School, Shropshire  07766 971 385 www.artsalive.co.uk 
Sun 10 Dec 11.00am Prema, Uley 01453 860 703  www.prema.org.uk
Tue 12 Dec 10.30am & 1.30pm The Turnpike, Leigh 01942 404 469  www.theturnpike.org.uk
Sat 16 Dec 6.00pm Malvern Cube 01684 572 072   www.malverncube.com
Sun 17 Dec 7.00pm Kineton Sports & Social Club 01926 641 024 www.kinetonssc.org.uk 
2018
Sat 13 Jan 11.00am & 2.00pm Half Moon, London E1 020 7709 8900 www.halfmoon.org.uk 
Sun 14 Jan 11.00am & 2.00pm artsdepot, North Finchley 020 8369 5454  www.artsdepot.co.uk 
Sun 21 Jan 11.30am & 2.30pm Bridge House Theatre, Warwick 01926 776438 www.bridgehousetheatre.co.uk 
Sat 27 Jan 3.00pm Calstock Village Hall 01235 515144 www.cornerstone-arts.org 
Sun 28 Jan 12.00pm & 3.00pm Cornerstone 01235 515144 www.cornerstone-arts.org 
Fri 2 Feb 11.30am RP & 2.30pm Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton 01902 321 321  www.arena.wlv.ac.uk
Sat 3 Feb 11.30am & 2.30pm Arena Theatre 01902 321 321  www.arena.wlv.ac.uk
Tue 20 Feb 12.00pm & 3.00pm Astley Cheetham Gallery, Stalybridge 0161 343 2878 www.tameside.gov.uk/astleycheetham 
Sun 25 Feb 11.00am & 2.30pm Z-arts, Manchester  0161 232 6089 www.z-arts.org 
Sat 3 Mar 11.30am RP & 2.30pm RP The Pound, Corsham 01249 701628 www.poundarts.org.uk
Fri 9 Mar 11.30am & 2.30pm The Ffwrnes, Llanelli 0845 226 3510 www.theatrausirgar.co.uk
Sat 10 Mar 12.00pm & 3.30pm Torch Theatre, Milford Haven 01646 695 267  www.torchtheatre.co.uk
Sun 11 Mar 2.00pm  Ludlow Assembly Rooms 01584 878 141 www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk
Sat 24 Mar 11.00am & 3.00pm Marlowe Studio Theatre 01227 787 787  www.marlowetheatre.com
Sun 25 Mar 12.00pm & 3.00pm Stantonbury Theatre 01908 324 466  www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk
Wed 28 Mar TBC Old Fire Station, Carlisle 01768 353 954 www.oldfirestation.carlisle.city
Sun 29 Apr TBC Greenwich Theatre, London 020 8858 7755  www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk

RP: Relaxed Performances. These are open to all, but are specifically designed to welcome those who benefit, for whatever reason, from a more relaxed environment, such as people with sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or autism spectrum condition. 

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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Two actors performing[Photo credits: Pamela Raith Photography]