Sometimes referred to as sensory-friendly experiences, this initiative gives the opportunity for those with various sensitivities towards sensory stimuli to experience and enjoy live theatre. The Centre also recently conducted an accessibility audit, with input from Autism P.E.I. and some of its members.
These performances, offered on Monday July 8 and Monday August 19, will be designed in a way to be more comfortable for audience members who may experience anxiety or are not comfortable with some aspects of a traditional theatre setting. This can include: people on the Autism Spectrum and their families; those with sensory and communicative disorders or learning disabilities; people with Tourette’s syndrome; someone who might need to move often due to chronic pain or to use the facilities; or even parents with toddlers.
Backgrounder & Contact:
- In September, Confederation Centre of the Arts hosted a three day training course in Relaxed Performance, alongside fellow representatives from Autism P.E.I., P.E.I. Council of Persons with Disabilities, Neptune Theatre, the Victoria Playhouse, and more. This training session was led by the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities, who has led these sessions for arts centres everywhere. The British Council organized the training in cooperation with Toronto’s Tangled Arts+Disability with generous support from the Canada Council of the Arts.
- There will be a Meet the Theatre experience offered for patrons and patron’s family members to explore if a relaxed performance theatre experience is a good fit for their family. This will simulate what will happen on the day from arrival at Confederation Centre, picking up tickets, being in the lobby with other theatre patrons, going into the theatre, finding your seat, and getting comfortable.Prospective patrons, family members, or other interested parties can send questions to Sarah Denman-Wood at the Centre, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (902) 629-1175.