Relaxed Performances are designed to welcome audience members and their families who could benefit from a more relaxed environment, including Autistic and neurodivergent patrons. The set-up includes: a pre-show introduction to the actors/characters, less intense sound and lighting effects, a very low level house light in the audience, the ability for anyone to come and go from the space, and a calm space outside the theatre.
For Digital Relaxed Performances there is access to a visual story for the play which includes clear instructions on accessing the performance link, a pre-show introduction to the play, the ability to access the performance link after the performance for a set period of time, A Digital Front of House Manager to provide answers to any questions via phone, email, chat function and a virtual active listening room (a zoom meeting) that anyone can go to after the performance.
20.21 Season Schedule
11:11 | Digital Relaxed Run
Feb 10, 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30pm
All performances have Captioning Available
Speculation | Digital Relaxed Run
Mar 3, 4, 5* and 6* at 7:30pm
* ASL Interpreted Performances
Toka | Digital Relaxed Run
Toka has been postponed – New Dates To Be Announced
Photo by Michael Cooper | John Millard and Waleed Abdulhamid in John and Waleed | Set & Costume Design by Joanna Yu | Projection & Lighting Design by Kaitlin Hickey | Associate Video Designer: Lily Ross-Millard
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Relaxed Performances:
Why might I want to go to a Relaxed Performance?
Many people may choose to attend a Relaxed Performance, either as an access requirement or because they like the inclusive environment.
Relaxed Performances take a laid-back approach to noises or movement coming from the audience. They give everyone permission to relax and respond naturally. Many people feel that Relaxed Performances offer a more dynamic theatrical experience, which benefits everyone.
What makes a Relaxed Performance ‘relaxed’?
Relaxed Performances don’t need to be complicated. The responsibility for making a show ‘relaxed’ is shared by the audience, the venue and the performers. The elements that are included are:
- A clear explanation for all audience members about what a Relaxed Performance is when you book your tickets
- Pre-show information describing what to expect from the show
- Staff who take an inclusive approach from start to finish
- An introduction at the start of the show to remind the audience that it’s a Relaxed Performance and giving anyone who needs to move or be noisy the freedom to do so
- Consideration given to sound and lighting levels, taking into account sensory sensitivities (eg. Any jarring light effects will be lessened or removed while any strobe-light effects will be removed from the show entirely)
- A quiet space outside the auditorium where people can go during the show if they need to
- The ability to come and go from the theatre as needed
If someone’s making noises or moving about, will it distract me from the performance?
Most people edit out background noise all the time, particularly when they know why it’s happening. If a performance is holding your attention, experience tells us you won’t get distracted. People who have been to a Relaxed Performance often say the relaxed atmosphere has enhanced their experience.