Education & Outreach

Relaxed Performance

MADE IN ITALY
Sunday, March 10th, 2018

Royal MTC is proud to be offering a relaxed performance of Made in Italy. This is the third season Royal MTC has engaged in this accessibility initiative, which is designed to welcome audience members who would benefit from a more relaxed environment, including those with sensory sensitivities, dementia, 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 and create a more relaxed environment for everyone. 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 and the artistic integrity of the production will not change, and regular theatre-goers may not even notice the alterations.

A downloadable Visual Guide, a step-by-step guide about what to expect when coming to the theatre will be available in January 2019.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.
 
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?

Made in Italy contains some strong language and mature themes, and is not appropriate for small children. Royal MTC's rating of the show is grade 9+. If you have any questions about the content of the show, please contact the Education and Community Engagement Manager (contact info below).

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?

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.

Long-time ticket holders said the following after seeing a relaxed performance of Curious Incident of the Dog in the NIght Time during our 16/17 season:

"I am not even sure where the changes were even made, as every intricate piece of the show seemed to flow seamlessly into the next. Certainly my enjoyment of the performance was not affected in any way!"

"As season ticket holders of many decades, we were not aware of any difference between last evening's performance and all the others."


The following changes will be made to the performance of Made in Italy on Sunday, March 10th at 2 pm:

  • 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 our quiet room 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 odours. Snacks are also available for purchase at the theatre.

For more information about this initiative please contact Elena Anciro, Education and Community Engagement Manager, at 204 934 0304.