Open Sky & The Courtyard Present – Cold

Open Sky Productions present the film COLD in partnership with Turtle Key Arts and the Courtyard Hereford.

Tickets are available here to either watch the screening in the Courtyard cinema or be sent a link to watch it live on-line and a Zoom link for the post show symposium.

This dark fairy tale for adults begins with a couple attending an ante-natal hospital appointment before being mysteriously transported to a stark frozen forest. Lost in the woods, savaged by the cold and hunted by a terrifying beast they must save themselves and their unborn child. In their desperation they stumble upon 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.

Addressing themes of love, grief, madness and redemption COLD combines physical theatre with cutting edge filming techniques to create a uniquely dramatic audience experience. The project was filmed on the mainstage of Courtyard Hereford.

Following the screening of the film there will be a live symposium with members of the creative team and experts in the field of baby loss and miscarriage.


Filmed during lockdown on our stage, COLD is a testament to the incredible work of Open Sky Productions and The Courtyard through the difficulties of 2020/21. Check out some of the production images below and click here for some behind the scenes footage.



“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’

“To take pain and make something beautiful from it is extraordinary enough, but COLD goes even further than that. It is 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)

The film contains images of baby loss and miscarriage. Recommended viewing 14+.

Supported by Fertility Fest, Antenatal Results & Choices (ARC) and The Miscarriage Association
Funded by Arts Council England, The Elmley Foundation and Herefordshire Community Foundation