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.
Relaxed Performances in our 21.22 Season
Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) | Relaxed Performances
January 15 at 2:00pm, January 22 at 2:00pm & January 22 at 7:30pm
All performances have post show Q&A’s
our place | Relaxed Performances
March 19 at 2:00pm, March 26 at 2:00pm, and March 31 at 7:30pm
Toka | Digital Relaxed Run
April 20-23 (all performances)
Frequently asked questions about Relaxed Performances:
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.
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
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.
If you have any questions, please contact the Box Office by phone at 416-504-7529 or Jenn Sartor by email