The Royal Canadian Theatre Company is proud to offer "Relaxed Performances"
Relaxed Performances are offered for those patrons with Intellectual, Learning, Communication and other Sensory challenges.
It is sometimes difficult to strike a balance between making live theatre accessible to all and still being sensitive to the issue of potentially disturbing other audience members. This unfortunately often results in some members of our community not being able to attend live theatre.
However, we are proud to offer a solution. In order to redress the balance and make theatre available to all The Royal Canadian Theatre Company is presenting “Relaxed Performances” on selected show dates. These are sometimes called “sensory friendly performances” and are specifically designed to make theatre more welcoming for audience members with autism spectrum disorder, sensory, communication or other intellectual challenges.
During these plays patrons enjoy the show together with family and friends in welcoming, inclusive and relaxed spaces. Our “Relaxed Performances” are also excellent for anyone with babes in arms or toddlers.
- Sound and lighting cues are adjusted to be less intense;
- exiting and entering the auditorium is allowed at any time;
- auditorium lights are never fully turned off;
- pre-performance the cast explains what’s about to happen and
- audience noise, movement and even the use of phones or other “fidget devices” are tolerated.
Since being pioneered by Polka Theatre, a children’s theatre in London, in 2009, relaxed performances have spread around Britain, to the United States and have since arrived in Canada. RCTC originally partnered with the City of Surrey in 2017 to be the leaders in Surrey for this wonderful initiative.
After our successful debut with the first ever Relaxed Performance at the Surrey Arts Centre in 2017 we are committed to continue to offer this exiting option for future plays. In addition, we were able to welcome the Mayday Youth Choir For Neurodiversity to perform with us for the first time in 2018.
You are welcome to use the “Contact Us” page if you would like more information about “Relaxed Performances”.