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Low Vision Accessibility

The Vancouver Fringe is very excited to partner with VocalEye in order to become more accessible to the Low Vision community. Check out how below!

DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE:

VocalEye will live describe A Very Unpleasant Evening at the Rockefeller Rink Sometime Late December…ish. for patrons with low vision on Saturday, September 16 at 3:50pm at The Cultch.

 

PRIORITY SEATING:

If you have Low Vision and require priority seating, please let our Front of House volunteers know. Our venues open 15 minutes prior to show time, and they will provide you with priority access to the venue.

 

“FRIENDLY” SHOWS:

The artists have self-reported whether they consider their shows “Low Vision Friendly,” which suggests their meaning and enjoyment does not depend on visual 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.

 

FALSE CREEK GYM

The Secret of Castle Alphabet

There are a few moments in the show that we will describe for you below:

1. There are a few shadow puppet shows where the legend of the castle is explained but the story is also told along with the visual aids.

2. There is a lamp that the master of the castle left behind that is talked about often, which is not lit at the beginning of the show, but once the main character lights the lamp, it is made a big deal verbally and often talked about afterward so you always know when the lamp being lit is significant.

3. At one point in the show, we meet the castle cook, who isn’t a very good cook, and shows to everyone the last cake they made. It is visually unappealing and also hits the table with a really loud ‘thump’ the way a cake should never sound.

Funny / Silly / Family Friendly / 55 minutes / All Ages

 

ADVANCE THEATRE: NEW WORKS BY DIVERSE WOMEN AT THE FALSE CREEK GYM

(Dramatic readings of new plays)

Jumping Ship

This show is part of the Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women staged reading series. The actors will stand in front of music stands, and the stage directions will be read aloud.

Funny / Warm and Fuzzy / Multicultural / 100 minutes / 14+

Monday, September 11 at 1:30pm

 

Go, No Go

This show is part of the Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women staged reading series. The actors will stand in front of music stands, and the stage directions will be read aloud.

Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+

Tuesday, September 12 at 1:30pm

 

SEX, DRUGS & AGE, the last taboo

This show is part of the Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women staged reading series. The actors will stand in front of music stands, and the stage directions will be read aloud.

Funny / Intense / Shocking / 100 minutes / 18+ / Sexual Content / Violent Content

Thursday, September 14 at 1:30pm

 

STUDIO 16

The Cañete Chroñicles

This is a storytelling show. There is part of the show where the performer tells a story 3 different ways: In English, in English with an American Sign Language interpreter beside him, and in Spanish. The part in sign language lasts about 3 mins.

Funny / Silly / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content

 

Her Name Was Mary…

The core of this story is text, and this show has no major visual elements that move the plot line forward.

Intense / Tear-Jerker / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content

 

Tightrope Talking

This is a storytelling show.

Funny / Warm and Fuzzy / Intimate / LGBTQ+ / 50 minutes / 14+ / Sexual Content

 

‘Tween Earth and Sky

This is a storytelling show.

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

 

PERFORMANCE WORKS

Katharine Ferns is in Stitches

This is a storytelling show.

Funny / Intense / Naughty / 70 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content

 

Ain’t True & Uncle False

This is a storytelling show. The Artist sells CDs of this show because he feels confident that this show is a completely auditory experience.

Funny / Musical / Poetic / 60 minutes / 14+

 

ARTS UMBRELLA

Brain Machine

This is a storytelling show, which features the Artist sitting at a desk and telling a story.

Funny / Intellectual / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

 

An Arrangement of Shoes

An Arrangement of Shoes is a lively and moving solo storytelling piece about an Indian (Muslim) family living in Barauni. It’s told by the youngest of the family, the wild and spirited Rukhsar. Acting out episodes from her past, she paints a picture both of her family history, and the history of the time (First Gulf war). Amusing anecdotes lie side-by-side with references to history. Gradually, the two collide, with tragic consequences. Rukhsar’s narration begins a week after her grandfather’s death. She is trying to identify, amongst a great number of shoes, which pair was his. But it’s clear she’s searching for more than just shoes.

How do we begin to remember those no longer with us? Her answer lies in telling this story, arranging memories, and arranging shoes. For her pious grandfather, arranging shoes was a sacred activity; in trying to recreate the ritual, Rukhsar is paying her respects as well as enacting her grief. It’s as much an act of love as an expression of loss. Though serious in subject, it’s light and funny in tone. Rukhsar narrates with affection and energy, leaping from story to story, impersonating character after character, using shoes and a shoe rack as her storytelling devices.

Funny / Intellectual / Intimate / Multicultural / 60 minutes / 14+

 

Almost a Stepmom

The performer plays multiple characters. Though the performer’s mannerisms and physicality change with each character, it is her voice that audience members will primarily follow as she changes characters. During many moments in the play she narrates what is happening so events are easy to follow. Sound effects will play a huge part in understanding the events occurring on the stage, as there are many phone interactions that take place between characters.

The set encompasses a backdrop on which is painted the outline and interior of a house. This is reflective of a child’s dollhouse, using bright colours and a simple design. On each side of the backdrop hang curtains. In front of this are two black chairs placed on the stage.

Funny / Tear-Jerker / Intimate / 55 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

 

CAROUSEL THEATRE

The Inventor Of All Things

This is a storytelling show.

Funny / Weird / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+

 

Six Fine Lines

This is a storytelling show. The performer wears a large notepad/sandwich board throughout the show. Anything that is drawn or written on the sandwich board notepad will be spoken out loud as well.

Weird / Poetic / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+

 

It Figures

There are two actors. In the first scene they are newly married. In the second scene and onwards they are 2 years into their marriage. The play takes place in their apartment. The set is a simple couch and side tables. Sometimes the husband leaves a mess with chips, clothing and a game controller.

Intense / Intimate / 30 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content

 

WATERFRONT THEATRE

Let Me Freeze Your Head

This show is all monologues. The performer uses several clay heads, which he describes physically, and refers to by name.

Weird / Intellectual / Intimate / 55 minutes / 14+ / Sexual Content

 

Shadowlands

The stage is in total darkness. The four characters of the play are represented with different lights in the darkness. The actor wears a white lab coat with glowing sleeves when she plays The Scientist. The actor holds a white industrial-looking, caged light when she plays The Mouse. She wears a silver body bag and holds a small spotlight when she plays The Cells. The small spotlight looks like the nucleus of a cell. When she plays The Ghost, she holds a candle. Later in the play, though, The Ghost will switch to holding a glowing stone the size of a basketball. She will often hold this glowing stone up against her stomach or cradle it in her arms.

Poetic / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+

 

STUDIO 1398

The Immaculate Big Bang

This is a storytelling show.

Funny / Intellectual / 75 minutes / 18+

 

Everybody Dies in December

As the audience files in for the performance, the main character, Claire, a third-generation funeral director in a dark pantsuit, is laying on a table in the semi-dark, with her eyes closed. Her hands are resting gently on her belly. We are in the embalming room of the funeral home where the majority of the story takes place. As the show begins and throughout the rest of the performance, Claire will speak directly to various members of the audience.

Weird / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

 

Hyena Subpoena

The core content of this show is long-form poetry set to music. The script exists as an award-nominated CD/book. You can hear samples here.

Poetic / Intellectual / Intimate / 55 minutes / 14+

 

Fifty Shades of Dave

This show is in the style of Stuart McLean’s storytelling.

Funny / Naughty / Warm and Fuzzy / 60 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content

 

REVUE STAGE

Executing Justice

This is a spoken word play. The Performer plays 4 characters, and each one does a monologue.

Intense / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Violent Content

 

The Man Who Sold the World

This is a storytelling show. There is a strongly narrative and immersive soundscape.

Funny / Intense / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Violent Content

 

Good Game in “Gung Ho!”

This is a sketch comedy show, which relies heavily on dialogue.

Funny / Silly / Weird / 65 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

 

THE CULTCH

A Night at the Rose Coloured Discotheque

The show is a two person play that includes a lot of monologues, and there is a live DJ as a part of the show.

Funny / Naughty / 75 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Nudity

 

It’s A Glorious, Wonderful Life

This is a very spoken-text-heavy show, and a lot of the humour comes from the dialogue.

Funny / Tear-Jerker / Intimate / 75 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

 

The Indefinable Soul

This is a storytelling show. As the audience is entering, an actor will be asking some audience members to answer a simple question which will be written down and put onto the projection screen later in the performance. Although there will be background projections, the show consists heavily of very descriptive verbal text and musical accompaniment.

Poetic / Intellectual / Intimate / 50 minutes / 14+

 

FIREHALL

Roller Coaster

This is a storytelling show.

Funny / Intellectual / 75 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

 

HAVANA

Blue River Blues

This is a storytelling show, and features music.

Musical / Poetic / 60 minutes / 14+

No Big Deal

This show features three characters. Each takes a turn telling a part of their story directly to the audience. Very rarely, they talk to each other.

Funny / Intense / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language