Open Sky is run by award-winning artists Claire Coaché and her husband Lilse Turner. Following the devastating loss of two babies, in 2012 and 2014, the couple developed Cold, a full-length feature film based on their own experience and those of 12 other bereaved parents. Coaché, a physical theatre director and performer, and Turner, a playwright and film maker, hope to amplify conversation about this still-taboo subject that affects so many families.
Their heartbreaking experience, losing their first baby to a fatal genetic condition, and their second in a miscarriage with near-fatal blood loss for Claire, meant they would have no more children. The couple researched and discovered that 1 in 4 pregnancies do not reach full term, prompting them to create Cold, co-written by them and dedicated to their baby sons Bodhi and Brock, who came but could not stay.
Cold is a dark fairy tale for adults, following a couple who attend an ante-natal hospital appointment before being mysteriously transported to a bleak frozen forest. Lost in the freezing woods, unable to speak and hunted by a terrifying beast, they must save themselves and their unborn child. In their desperation they stumble on an abandoned cabin. So begins a struggle for survival in which they must face the hostile elements, malign magical forces and a truly terrible choice.
Cold, a play with initial development at Bristol Old Vic and Barbican Pit, became a theatrical feature film with funding from Arts Council England. Cold was filmed on the main stage of Courtyard Hereford in March 2021.
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