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Open Sky Theatre

Nola Rae
12 Jan - 6 Feb

Film - watch online

Digital World Premiere
Wed 12 Jan - Sat 6 Feb
Link will go live here on 12 Jan >

Runs: 80 mins
Age Guidance: 14+

Online symposium:
Wed 2 Feb 7pm
Free. Reserve your place >
Turtle Key Arts and Courtyard Hereford present Open Sky Theatre’s feature-length film, COLD - a dark fairy tale about love, grief, madness and redemption.

From an ante-natal hospital appointment a couple find themselves mysteriously transported to a stark, frozen forest. Lost, cold and hunted by a terrifying beast, they must save themselves and their unborn child. So begins a struggle for survival involving hostile elements, malign magical forces and a truly terrible choice.

COLD was created by acclaimed, Lecoq-trained physical theatre maker Claire Coaché and her husband, the award-winning playwright and film-maker Lisle Turner. It is based on their own experiences of baby loss and first person testimony from other grieving parents.

The project was conceived and rehearsed as a physical theatre piece but then, in response to lockdown, shot as a film on the main stage of Courtyard Hereford.

There will be a free live online symposium featuring Claire and Lisle and experts within the field of baby loss and miscarriage. All are welcome to attend.

Contains images of baby loss and miscarriage.
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“Theatrically ingenious, bold and arresting, and unflinchingly addresses what might be the most defining and universal of all human experiences - loss”

Gareth McLean, Journalist (Guardian, Radio Times)

“Go and see COLD when it comes out. It's an extraordinary and powerful and important piece of work that moved me more than I'd have imagined”

Julia Bueno, Psychotherapist & Author of The Brink of Being


Open Sky Theatre

Performers: Janet Etuk & Jacob Meadows
Written & Directed by Claire Coaché & Lisle Turner
Produced by Alison King – Turtle Key Arts
Music: Jonny Pilcher
Editor: Flaura Atkinson
Design: Carl Davies
Cinematography: Dominic Bartels
An Open Sky Production in partnership with Turtle Key Arts and the Courtyard Hereford.

Supported by Fertility Fest, Antenatal Results & Choices (ARC) and The Miscarriage Association

Funded by Arts Council England, The Elmley Foundation and Herefordshire Community Foundation