Relaxed Performances are a special performances crafted for people who benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment, including children with autism or sensory and communication disorders. These sensory-friendly performances aim to create a more welcoming, accessible, and comfortable theatre environment for families in our community.
The next Relaxed Performance is:
At a Relaxed Performance, you can expect:
- Click here to view the Visual Story for the Teen Shakespeare Program. This guide includes photos, descriptions, and more.
- The performance takes place outdoors at Performance Works Outdoor Stage at Ron Basford Park on Granville Island. Ensure you dress for the weather!
- Attendance is free but advanced reservations for $5 is available and highly recommended for any specific seating requirements. You can purchase advanced premium seating either online at www.carouseltheatre.ca or over the phone at (604) 669-3410.
- Romeo & Juliet is a Shakespeare Tragedy and deal with some mature content including death. Though our program is geared for all ages, we recommend you become familiar with the story before attending.
- Devices and comfort items are welcome in the theatre, but we do ask that any electronic devices have the sound turned off. Photography and video are not permitted in the theatre.
- Need to move, make sounds, or step out of the theatre for a quiet break? No problem – our staff and volunteers want to ensure that you have a comfortable experience at the play.
Tickets to the Relaxed Performance are online or by calling our box office at (604) 685-6217. Romeo & Juliet is free to attend, though advanced reservations are available for $5 and is highly recommended if you require and specific seating. Please note, limited seating is available.
Download the Visual Story for our Teen Shakespeare Program. You can use this resource to become familiar with the theatre and the festive atmosphere before your visit.
Relaxed or sensory friendly performances have become increasingly common at theatres across the globe in a move to make theatre-going more accessible.
- The Atlantic: Making Theatre Autism-Friendly (United States)
- The Guardian: ‘Relaxed’ theatre performances will let autistic children enjoy hit shows (Britain)
- Autism Theatre Initiative: Making Theatre Accessible to Individuals with Autism (United States)
- Roundhouse: What is a relaxed performance? (Britain)
Accessibility Programming at Carousel Theatre for Young People is made possible by your generous support! To help make Relaxed Performances a part of our regular programming, consider donating today.