August 2020


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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!



VocalEye will live describe the following shows for patrons with low vision:

Perv Hunters on Sunday, September 15 at 1:10pm at The Waterfront Theatre

The Robber Bridesgroom: A Grimm Fairy Tale on Saturday, September 14 at 2:30pm at The Waterfront Theatre



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.



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.




Pretty Beast

Pretty Beast will be completely understood by anyone with low or no vision, so please come and enjoy the show. The visuals enhance the show which contains a lot of movement and the performer has a Japanese accent. 

Andrew Frank: Cognitive Goof

This show is an hour of imaginative, cerebral jokes bound to make any critical thinker laugh and get that sweet, sweet dopamine that engaging in communal laughter about the absurdity of existence brings.

The whole show is spoken aloud and is low vision friendly.




The Walk in the Snow: The True Story of Lise Meitner 

One-person storytelling show.

Entire narrative told in words.

The intermittent physicality is not integral to understanding the show.

Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life





Borderline A**hole o Belles

This is an autobiographical story. The performer uses two stools throughout the show to create different settings or as props other than stools, but this visual is not necessary for someone to get the depth of the story. It can be all audio received.

Democracy: A Short Farce 

Democracy: A Short Farce is a comedic story-telling show.  The humour is pretty well all verbal.  

The Immaculate Big Bang 



Diagnose This! Tales of a Medical Actor 

This is primarily a storytelling show. A majority of the visuals are verbally reinforced. There will be some hand gestures that add to the experience, so it is recommended that low-vision attendees request to sit in the front. If informed preshow, Donna Kay will make an effort to stand closer to you in visually-criticalmoments. If you have a description assistant, most movements can be easily described. 


How to Really…Really? Really! Love a Woman 

This is a sex-positive storytelling show.  The different characters are clearly delineated through voice acting.  There are a few signs used in the production, but the performer reads them out loud. 




Where the Quiet Queers Are 

This choral musical ensemble shows fourteen brightly and tightly dressed individuals from across the gender spectrum, and their conductor, surviving the grey concrete of living in Vancouver. The parking garage is decorated with strings of lanterns.

Section 1: A very serious choir enters the stage. Two friends meet while dancing.

Section 2: They get to know each other sitting on a blanket. The community dances circles around them with glowing lanterns.

Section 3: The hustle: wake up, coffee, walk, work, and do it again. The first friend leans in for a kiss.

Section 4: Self-doubt and uncertainty consume the second friend, and everyone is isolated by their fears. Everyone is tired and angry. The first friend tries to apologize, but is met with silence.

Section 5: The first friend asks for help from her other friends. She is physically held up as the song swells, and the community supports one another.

Section 6: The two friends see each other at a beach party. Lanterns piled in the centre cast a warm glow. It’s a dance party and you’re invited.




Gloria’s Happy Hour 



Waiting Time 



Flute Loops 

At Flute Loops, the stage is set for a 4-piece band’s rock concert to begin any moment. Two red electric guitars rest on stands next to their amplifiers on either side of the stage, one with a vocal microphone on a stand. In addition, there is a flute held upright by a stand next to another vocal mic, and a percussion station centred around a loop pedal and a glockenspiel laden with various percussion instruments.

Off to the side of the stage, there is a small merchandise table manned by a woman who seems more interested in her book than selling ear plugs or CDs. Her hair looks a bit like it was inspired by Albert Einstein’s… A banner featuring the band’s portrait (four very hipster-looking white dudes holding the musical instruments now displayed onstage) announces their band name: “The Flute Loops”.




Zack Adams: The Love Songs for Future Girl 



Carey-OK!: Timeless Timely Tunes 

Carey-OK! is a one-person, a cappella music experience that is great for all ages. The performer tells engaging and uplifting stories from his own life and creates five original songs with his only his mouth, a microphone, and a loop station, a device that allows him to instantly record his voice and play it back. Listen as Carey becomes the drums, the bass, a horn section and more, and sings over top of all of this live-recorded vocal instrumentation just like karaoke (Carey-OK!).  During the show, there are projections that are used, but the stories and understanding are not dependent on these images. These images are there to support the stories, but Carey is clear on insuring everyone in attendance will understand through his text.


Tommy’s Amazing Journey 

“Tommy’s Amazing Journey” is a completely sung-through rock-opera, which is performed by a solo live musician with no “staging” per se; it would best be described as a concert.


Kevin, King of Egypt 

This is a one-person theatre/comedy show that works equally well on radio. One performer plays several characters who, coincidentally, all have a British accent. At one point he dances to ‘Walk Like an Egyptian’, but quite a few people close their eyes for that bit anyway. 


There Ain’t No More 





Legend of the Frozen Trees 

This show is a storytelling show.




Scaredy Cat 




BikeFace is a text-heavy solo storytelling show where the performer plays multiple characters, inspired by people she met on a bicycle trip across Canada. There is a bicycle on stage, and the performer rides it at times, while telling parts of the story. All the visuals in the story will be described within the text of the show. 


After the Beep 

The show mainly consists of Pamela recounting stories from her teenage life which are supported by or remembered because of old answering messages she plays. She remains seated for most of the performance. Before the show starts she usually chats to a few audience members and shows them her grad photos from 1995 – this is a bonus, not an integral element. 

Main visual elements are: 

transcriptions of each message to support the audience’s comprehension of these old recordings 

a few slides of pie charts based on certain stats about the messages 

Transcriptions – these enhance and don’t replace any of the audio cues. In previous versions of the show they did not and the show still worked. 

Slides – the slides add a few fun moments to the show but not seeing them will not interfere with a general understanding/enjoyment of the show.  If a patron is comfortable letting Pamela (the performer) know they are visually impaired, she’s more than happy to spend a few moments describing the charts when they are shown.  Or patrons could perhaps let FOH know and they can pass it on.    




Rape is Real & Everywhere 

This is a stand-up comedy show. The performers will be speaking into a microphone and telling jokes and personal stories about their own experiences with sexual assault. This can be appreciated with no vision, although certain performers might emphasize some jokes with hand motions and facial expressions or mime out some actions.  
Should you become triggered during the show, there will be volunteers outside of the theater who can talk and listen to you. We suggest coming early so that you can sit in the front in a seat with the best possible vision and access to leave if you need to. (Most folks stay and laugh however, it is a comedy show!) 


Ludwig and The Hammerklavier 

Ludwig and the Hammerklavier is a one-person monologue show.  It is text-driven, it is mostly story-telling, and there is a lot of piano-playing/music to enjoy.  While there are visual images projected throughout the entire piece, these are there to complement the show, and are not necessary for enjoying this opportunity to spend a rambunctious night with Beethoven in his apartment.


Didn’t Hurt 



God Machine

This show is very dialogue heavy with very simple performer movements and a single set piece.  

The set piece is a section of wall with a large red button with the word “Reboot” on it sitting in the center of the stage. 

The performers will occasionally point at one another to indicate whom they are talking to, but complete understanding of the pointing is not required to follow the story. 




Ingenue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood 



Operatic Panic Attack 





You Belong Here 

This is a storytelling show. There are no props, no set, and no moments that are just visual.


Girls Night In 




This is a storytelling show and there are no visual elements except for the performer moving around the stage





The Woman Who Borrowed Memories 

This show is a one act opera in English, so all dialogue is sung, accompanied by piano.  The singers do act on stage, which helps with the story, but it is not essential.  However, as it is an opera, some of the higher notes can be less clear, but should not impact the enjoyment of the performance.  (There are surtitles projected above the stage, to help with the dialogue.) 






LIGHTS! CAMERA! ODD JOBS? is a storytelling/solo show. The performer engages the audience through storytelling, various characterizations, and vocal impressions. The performer will move around the stage/theatre throughout. At one point I do an impression of a magician and I make a bottle disappear. There are a few other props and a chair centre stage used at various points but the show will be easy to follow for low vision guests. 


Career Day 

This is a story telling show, in a classroom setting. 

Twice papers are held up to view, they are described. 

There is a whiteboard onstage that is drawn on three times. 

1st Drawing: starts with a stickman and with each person described the stickman gets more equipment loaded onto it.   

The drawing is not described, but the persons depicted are. 

2nd Drawing: is a rough sketch of a film set, content is described. 

3rd Drawing:  is a pie chart, and a line chart, content is described



“Bedwetter” is a primarily a storytelling show, but shifts back and forth between two basic states; storytelling, and “vignette” when Tamlynn plays other characters, acts out flashbacks, or acts out creative interpretations to the story (similar to sketch comedy). These shifts are indicated with two different lighting looks, but it is usually clear when these shifts happen due to Tamlynn’s vocal changes or music cues. A few visual gags may be lost or unclear, but they are not essential to understanding the key plot and message to the story. 

A few visual moments to note: 

-In the opening scene when says, “Welcome to my show,” a blackout immediately follows.  

-About 10 and 20 minutes into the show there are two “Etiquette” sections where a voice-over narrates the etiquette a bedwetter should adhere to in certain social situations., as her younger self, silently responds to the voice over and follows his instructions. In the second etiquette section,Tamlynn”> slowly gets more and more frustrated.  

-After the second etiquette section, starts discussing that she’s now thirteen and reaching an important milestone, and then indicates getting her first period by pulling a long red scarf out from under a chair as she sits on it.  

-When Tamlynn discusses buying diapers at Shoppers Drug Mart, music plays as Tamlynn stealthily sneaks around the stage as if she is a spy.  

-After Tamlynn says, “The diaper was my only soldier” she puts the diaper on her head as if it was a helmet.