August 2018


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Deaf and HoH Accessibility

The Fringe is very excited to get more involved with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. We are working to improve our accessibility and welcome any feedback!


If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and would like to volunteer with us, we have positions available for you! Please click here for more information on how to sign up. If you are an ASL Interpreter and would like to volunteer your skills to interpret for Deaf or Hard of Hearing volunteers, please contact us!


Setting Bones at Revue Stage will be ASL Interpreted on Monday, September 11th at 7:45pm.

Everybody Dies in December will be interpreted into ASL for patrons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing on Thursday, September 14 at 5:10pm at Studio 1398.

Lovely Lady Lump will be interpreted into ASL for patrons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing on Friday, September 15 at 6:45pm at Studio 1398.

12 Minute Madness at Firehall will be ASL Interpreted on Sunday September 17th at 6:00pm.


If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and require priority seating to view any performance, please let our Front of House volunteers know. The house opens 15 minutes before show time and you will be granted priority access to the venue.


The artists have self-reported whether they consider their shows “Deaf and Hard of Hearing Friendly,” which suggests their meaning and enjoyment does not depend on sound elements. We invited the artists to provide notes about the accessibility of their show, which are included below. For full show descriptions and tickets, click the show title.

These shows are largely non-verbal and may also be appropriate for patrons with English as a second language.

Revue Stage

This show has very little speaking, and none of it critical to the understanding of the show. There are a half dozen prerecorded quotes that play in a few blackouts that will also be displayed on large que cards, and can also be found in their program. At one point near the end, music comes out of books. The type of music will also be displayed on large que cards.

Funny / Weird / Family Friendly / 60 minutes / All Ages

Studio 16

7 Ways to Die, a love story is a dark romantic comedy set in an apartment building. The two characters, Rachel and Irving live across the hall from each other, but they have never met. When Irving discovers that Rachel is trying to end it all, he decides he has to stop her. What follows is a series of comic suicide attempts, foiled by Irving’s wily schemes. The piece is performed in full mask, with no dialogue.

There are few storytelling moments that include sound:
1. Rachel always plays Chopin’s “Nocturnes in E flat Major” when she tries to kill herself. This is a very sad but rather dramatic piece of piano music. In the first scene, Rachel is trying to hang herself to this song, but Irving turns on Sir Mix A Lot’s “Baby Got Back” next door. She doesn’t want to kill herself to “I like big butts and I can not lie/You other brothers can’t deny/That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist/And a round thing in your face/You get sprung,” and she tries to drown out his music with her own.
2. When they are coming and going from the building, Rachael and Irving usually use the elevator. This entrance/exit is indicated by a sound cue and a square of light, which comes on when the elevator doors open and goes out when they close.
3. The final scene takes place on the roof of the building. Rachel takes the elevator up and Irving runs up several flights of stairs to get there. This happens offstage and is indicated by the sound of his feet. When they arrive on the roof, they hear the sound of the wind and traffic far below them. The building is very tall!

Funny / Silly / Weird / 60 minutes / 14+ / Sexual Content / Violent Content / Gunshots

The Cultch Historic Theatre

This show is a very physical piece. The original soundtrack, composed by Martin Reisle, sounds both delicate and strange. The few words being spoken during the show talk about the search for home and stability in a world of continuous transformation.

Funny / Family Friendly / Poetic / 45 minutes / All Ages

Waterfront Theatre

The show is very visually dynamic, beautiful, and comedic. The characters very rarely speak a bit of gibberish, but it is not imperative to the understanding of the show.

Funny / Weird / Poetic / 75 minutes / All Ages

Woodwards Atrium

For this show, the audience is seated in the atrium, and the show takes place behind glass. This show is produced by Theatre Terrific, a company that has been working with members of the disability community as performers and audience members for many years.

Weird / Poetic / Multicultural / 45 minutes / 14+

Revue Stage

This show is an assembly of moving images connected in a surreal non-narrative.

Although sound plays a part in the experience, the visual elements tell the story. Sound elements are primarily ambient and accompany scenes.
There is a section of choreography that relies on music with vocals and a section where the actress sings while performing actions. However, in both these scenes physical gestures and projection are the primary elements that carry the meaning of the piece.

Weird / Intense / Poetic / 45 minutes / 18+ / Nudity / Strobe Lights

For more ASL interpreted videos please visit our Youtube Channel.