Education & Outreach

Relaxed Performance

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 8PM


Royal MTC is proud to announce a new pilot accessibility initiative. Relaxed performances are designed to welcome audience members who would benefit from a more relaxed environment, including those with sensory concerns, autism spectrum disorders, learning disorders, or anyone for whom the regular theatre experience can be challenging.

Small modifications are made to the production and the patron experience to help reduce anxiety. The modifications vary depending on the production, and may include: reducing the volume of loud noises and effects, reducing or eliminating strobe effects, and keeping the house lights slightly brighter in case a patron needs to leave the theatre. The story will not change, and regular theatre-goers may not even notice the alterations.

Royal MTC has created a downloadable Visual Guide, a step-by-step guide about what to expect when coming to the theatre.  There will be a relaxed attitude towards noise and movement, especially for patrons who have conditions that may lead to involuntary noise or restlessness. Quiet spaces will be available for patrons who need to take a break

Special thanks to the Theatre Development Fund’s Autism Theatre Initiative for serving as an advisor. For more information on this initiative, visit www.tdf.org/autism.
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can anyone attend a relaxed performance?
Yes! Please join us in welcoming audiences of all kinds to our relaxed performance.

Is this performance suitable for children?
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time contains some strong language and mature themes, and is not appropriate for small children. We recognize that appropriateness is subjective and parents of older children and teens are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the content.  If this play was a movie, it would be rated PG-13.

I’ve never been to the theatre before. Is a relaxed performance for me?
Yes! A relaxed performance creates a welcoming environment for anyone who is unused to attending theatre. Give it a try!

I am a subscriber with tickets for the relaxed performance. What does this mean for me?
Thanks for subscribing! We hope that you will join us in celebrating this new accessibility initiative. If you would rather attend another performance, you can contact our Box Office at 204-942-6537 and have your tickets exchanged to another performance free of charge.
 
Are group rates available?
Yes! Contact Thomas Urish at 204-954-6413 for information about group rates and rates for schools and other groups.

How exactly will the performance be changed?
Royal MTC will work with autism specialists to determine exactly what modifications are made to the production. Modifications for a relaxed performance vary depending on the production, and may include: reducing the volume of loud noises and effects, eliminating strobe effects, and keeping the house lights slightly brighter in case a patron needs to leave the theatre. The story will not change, and regular theatre-goers may not even notice the alterations.

The following changes will be made to the performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on November 10th at 9PM:
  • The house lights will be dimmed during the show, but will remain on so that patrons can safely exit and re-enter the theatre.
  • Lighting shifts will be more gradual.
  • Fast-paced visual effects will be slowed down.
  • No lights will shine in audience members' eyes.
  • There are no strobe lights in this production, even for regular performances.
Can I leave my seat?
Yes, you may. If you need a break, you can sit in one of our two quiet rooms located on the balcony level or hang out in the lobby. Our bar will be open if you need a refreshment.

Can I bring a fidget, sensory pillow, or other object?
Yes, but please don’t bring anything that makes noise.

Can I bring a snack?
Yes, you may. Please consider your fellow audience members by bringing a snack that makes minimal noise and doesn’t have strong odors. Snacks are also available for purchase at the theatre.
 
For more information about this initiative please contact Angela Broadbent, Education and Community Engagement Manager, at abroadbent@royalmtc.ca.