Sunday, February 4
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Frederic Wood Theatre UBC
6354 Crescent Rd
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
604 605 8284 ext. 204
KING ARTHUR’S NIGHT by Neworld Theatre: Relaxed Performance
Presented by the PuSh Performing Arts Festival and UBC Theatre and Film
Feb 4 – 2pm | Frederic Wood Theatre | $39 | Group rate $28
People with an Access2 card or Canucks Autism Network membership card can request a complimentary ticket for their companion or support worker.
This production is a work of radical upheaval, in which the King Arthur legend is made fresh for our eyes. New to us are the live band, the 20-person choir and, most of all, the radically inclusive cast. The players in this drama, all-professional, include people whose life experience includes Down syndrome. They stand on stage defined by their extraordinary perspectives.
· This is not a show for young children, it contains sexual references
· There are fight scenes but they are slow motion
· Smoke effects are used, this is non-toxic water-based smoke
Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including (but certainly not limited to) people on the Autism Spectrum,people with sensory and communication disorders, neurological disorders or a learning disability.
Many people feel that relaxed performances offer a more dynamic theatrical experience, which benefits everyone.
What does a relaxed performance entail?
- We create a visual story for the venue
a guide to the venue with many pictures specially designed for people with autism but helpful for anyone
- We create a visual story of the show
a guide to the show with pictures of all the performers as well as a complete breakdown of the show, basically, what will happen from beginning till end
- The show itself is adjusted
- house lights are never completely off (the lights in the auditorium or never turned off)
- sound and light are adjusted to a lower level
- there are warnings for sudden noises and intense scenes
- Regular “rules” of going to theatre don’t need to be observed
- no shushing, it is ok to make noise
- if people feel like reacting, that is ok
- it is ok to move around and fidget or get up
- There is a chill-out space to relax if the show is too intense (if possible with a video feed of the show)
In addition to the special adjustments for the relaxed performance, our accessibility program for the entire festival provides:
- guides who will pick up patrons at nearby transit to help them get to the theatre
- a complimentary ticket for a companion or support worker or someone with an Access2 or Canucks Autism Network membership card
- accessibility audits for all our venues