We are thrilled to announce our first Relaxed Performance with a special performance of Go, Dog. Go! We will be the first theatre for young audiences company in British Columbia to stage a Relaxed Performance specially crafted for people who benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment, including children with autism or sensory and communication disorders. This special sensory-friendly performance of Go, Dog. Go! aims to create a more welcoming, accessible, and comfortable theatre environment for Vancouver families.
Go, Dog. Go! is a colourful family musical based on P.D. Eastman’s classic book, recommended for ages 3-8 and their families. To learn more about the show and see the entire performance schedule, click here.
There will be a Relaxed Performance of Go, Dog. Go! on
March 19, 2016 at 2:00pm
at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island
1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
At the Go, Dog. Go! Relaxed Performance, you can expect:
- flexible, general admission seating. Only 112 seats will be sold at the Waterfront Theatre to provide ample space for audience members to choose where they want to sit.
- adjusted sound and light levels. Our design team will remove any loud bangs, flashing lights, sudden transitions, and similar effects from the sound and light program. The auditorium lights will remain on at a dimmed level.
- a friendly, welcoming atmosphere that is more relaxed with respect to noise and movement from the audience. Need to move, make sounds, or step out of the theatre for a quiet break? No problem – our staff and volunteer ushers want to ensure that you have a comfortable experience at the play.
- pre-show family resources. In the weeks before the play, CTYP will provide a digital guide to your day at the theatre to help families prepare for Go, Dog. Go! This guide will include photos, descriptions, and more information about the Waterfront Theatre and Go, Dog. Go! There will also be a “Meet the Theatre” event the week before the show where families can come down to the Waterfront Theatre and acquaint themselves with the facility.
Click here to see a gallery of photos of the Waterfront Theatre. You can also Meet the Theatre on Saturday, March 12 from 3:30-4:30pm. Get an informal tour of the Waterfront Theatre, meet some of the staff and actors, ask questions, or just come say hello!
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.
Photo: Mike Gill and Sereana Malani. Photo by Tim Matheson.