Various Fringe shows this year are providing additional access opportunities at select performances. Please find accessible show listings below.
The Toronto Fringe is committed to extending a high level of customer service to all of its patrons. We are dedicated to demonstrating leadership by working constructively with our venues, patrons, staff, volunteers and community to meet and exceed the requirements which will identify, prevent and remove barriers so a fulfilling theatrical experience can be enjoyed by patrons with disabilities.
Accessible Performances Listing
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This performance piece weaves the external and internal cycles we confront in our lives, flavoured with humour, loss, and new beginnings.
Sunday July 9 at 6:45 pm - ASL Interpretation
Tuesday July 11 at 1:00 pm- Open Audio Description & Relaxed performance
Thursday July 13 at 7:30 pm - Open Audio Description
Saturday July 15 at 12:00 pm - ASL Interpretation & Relaxed performance
Sunday July 16 at 3:30 pm - Relaxed performance
Kate has suffered a brain injury, completely upending her sensory perception and relationship to the world. As she struggles to navigate her new life, she looks to her deceased grandmother, a medium who communicated with the spirit of famous neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield, channeling his message of hope for a conscious mind that survives the physical brain. Told in a physical and poetic style, BRAIN STORM is a visually arresting journey which asks the question; are our brains magic, machines – or both? #brainstormplay #areyouaware
Thursday July 13 at 1:45pm - Relaxed Performance
* The cast of Brain Storm is participating in a talk back after the Relaxed Performance. It will be held at Death in Venice Gelato Co. at 536 Queen Street West, directly following the 1:45 performance on July 13th at Theatre Passe Muraille. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot, as space is limited.
A Priest, A Minister and A Rabbi Walk Into A Theatre... .Fringe favourite Tracey Erin Smith brings together three of Toronto’s prominent religious leaders to share their souls on stage. Told with candour, humour and compassion, they are open about their personal joys and struggles in faith and some unusual circumstances where they just had to wing it – and even bend the rules. “The Clergy Project isn’t just about their roles as priest, minister and rabbi – it’s about their humanity.” –Life With More Cowbell. Past Hits for SOULO: Best of Festival, Critic's Pick, Sold Out Run
Sunday July 9 at 4:00 pm - ASL Interpretation
Types of Accessibile Performances
Assistive Listening Devices are used to improve hearing ability in the context of a theatre performance. Patrons can access Assistive Listening Devices at the following venues:
- Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace
- Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace
- Tarragon Mainspace
- Tarragon Extraspace
- Al Green Theatre
Relaxed Performances are created to be a more open presentation of a show, with adapted sound and lighting, and occasionally, script adjustments.
Generally for relaxed performances The Toronto Fringe will waive no-reentry, keep house lights up, and explain at the top of the show that this performance is intended to be welcoming to those less comfortable in a traditional theatre environment - reminding patrons that things that can be considered "disruptive" like vocalizing and moving around are OK in this context, and they are welcome to do whatever makes them comfortable. The production may choose to introduce characters or sudden/loud/bright parts of the show in preshow, reduce the volume, adapt or entirely remove moments that could be triggering.
Open Audio Described Performances are intended for blind and low-vision patrons and involve audio description being used to describe the visual elements of the show for the entire audience. Open audio description aims to provide an augmented experience for all patrons.