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General Accessibility

In partnership with Trico Homes and CWB Wealth Management, Theatre Calgary is proud to work with Inside Out Theatre to offer select performances accessible to everyone.

This year we offer ASL Interpreted performances, Relaxed performances, and Audio Description performances. See more information and dates below.

ASL Interpreted Performances

Theatre Calgary is proud to offer an ASL translated performance for every show in our subscription season – PLUS A Christmas Carol!

ASL interpreted performances will be offered once over the run of the production and involve NO changes to the production on stage. The interpreters will stand on the seating level to audience right side of the stage and will be lit accordingly throughout the performance so that our patrons who require this support can see them. There will be two interpreters at each of these performances.

Our interpreters are working very hard to give the most accurate interpretation of the language on stage, so we ask that patrons please refrain from speaking to them during the performance or at intermission. ASL performances are only possible through The Good Host Program operated by Inside Out Theatre.

For the 2021-2022 Season, we are thrilled to offer ASL Interpreted performances on the following dates:

BOOM YZ

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

A Christmas Carol

Thursday, December 23rd, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Steel Magnolias

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Million Dollar Quartet

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Relaxed Performances

A Relaxed Performance is intended for those individuals who would like to see theatre but would benefit from a more relaxed environment. Anyone can purchase tickets to attend the relaxed performance but the people who have gained the most benefit from relaxed performances in the past include individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dementia, Sensory Disorders, Young Families with small children and more! Relaxed performances are made possible by Inside Out Theatre and their Good Host Program.

The Experience

The main goal of a relaxed performance is to “relax” the theatre experience through small changes to the audience expectations, environment and production. 

Some changes to the overall experience may include:

  • The lobby doors may be opened early to allow for a more calm, casual entry to the theatre
  • A pre-visit visual storyboard will be made available online prior to the production to prepare anyone who is not familiar with the story. This will also include some things to expect during the performance in terms of effects.
  • Patrons are invited to visit our TC Virtual Tour of the Max Bell Theatre to see first-hand what the environment will look like and to make themselves aware of areas they may want to be familiar with during their visit such as washrooms, bars and emergency exits.
  • Early reminders will be given about the performance starting so patrons can take their time to find their seat.
  • Patrons who feel overwhelmed during the performance are welcome to come and go from the performance.
  • Expectations of complete silence and complete stillness in the audience during the performance will be relaxed to accommodate people for whom this is not realistic.
  • A flexible intermission to accommodate the needs of the patrons.

The Environment

Some changes to the overall environment may include:

  • The designation of a “Quiet Space” for those people who feel overwhelmed
  • House lighting in the auditorium will not be lowered to complete darkness while the production is on
  • Additional staff and support team members to assist with the diverse needs of our patrons

The Performance

Some changes made to the performance may include:

  • Limiting the number of abrupt shifts in sound, lighting or effects
  • Removal or limiting of any pyrotechnics
  • Changes to how close the actors get to the audience

Each production will deal with the necessary changes to the performance on a case by case basis. These changes are made in consultation with the director and artistic staff to achieve the best experience possible for our patrons while maintaining the integrity of the show and the safety of the people working onstage and backstage.

For the 2021-2022 Season, we are thrilled to offer Relaxed Experience performances on the following dates:

A Christmas Carol

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Steel Magnolias

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Audio Description Performance and Schedule

For blind or visually impaired audience members we provide Audio Described for one performance per show.

During the show an actor describes the visual elements of the performance in real-time through headphones (provided at the theatre).


For the 2021-2022 Season, we will offer Audio Description performances on the following dates:

A Christmas Carol

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Steel Magnolias

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.