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These are the recommended shows for patrons with low vision.

This page has the practical info about the show as well as a short description and a link to the website to find out more such as a longer description and who was involved in creating it.

Most low vision shows have an introduction that can be requested by emailing info@upintheairtheatre.com

A second document is available with a schedule HERE. It names all the low vision friendly shows day by day.

All shows take place at The Cultch at 1895 Venables on the corner with Victoria drive

or at the Greenhouse Studio, next door at 1885 Venables.

Complimentary companion tickets are available, please email boxoffice@thecultch.com or call 604-251-1363

 

Lady Parts by The After After Party Theatre

A satirical feminist sketch comedy show bringing change one expertly timed abortion joke at a time.

Described by VocalEye on May 25 at 3:30pm with guest performers Nasty Women Improv

Venue:             the Historic Theatre at the Cultch

Length:            80 minutes plus a talk back

Price:               $22 ($15 for low income) PASSES AVAILABLE

From the sadistic minds behind the award-winning hit The After After Party comes Lady Parts, a live satirical sketch show like you’ve never seen before.

Described as “Broad City meets SNL when it was still good meets those uncomfortable sex-ed videos they make you watch in grade 6”, Lady Parts exposes and criticizes the very real and very problematic treatment of 50.4% of the population, from large scale misogyny to the day-to-day minutia of existence.

For more info about the show, click on this link.

  

Other Inland Empires by Julie Hammond

Surfing, dentistry, and a family story that can't be told.

Description by VocalEye on May 26 at 5:30pm

Venue:             the Historic Theatre at the Cultch

Length:            65 minutes

Price:               $22 ($15 for low income) PASSES AVAILABLE

When writer/director Julie Hammond learned that Gidget, the quintessential California girl and 1950's spark of a global surf boom, was really the Jewish daughter of Austro-Hungarian refugees, she began to imagine events in reverse. What would happen if a California-born Jew went to Central Europe to learn to surf?

Armed with an audio recorder and faith in sun and waves, Hammond travelled east in a quest to weave her surf-bum family with her grandmother's Holocaust survival, and a hope to discover the details of her family's silence. The resulting play, Other Inland Empires, is part travelogue, part adventure, and part meditation.

For more info about the show, click on this link.

 

Awkward Hug by O Albatross

‘A hilarious and heartfelt storytelling show that challenges what a “normal” family can look like.’

Low vision friendly show with an introduction. The performer will be greeting people when entering, if you let him know you have sight loss, he will give you the introduction in person.

Venue: The Culture Lab at the Cultch

Lenth: 60 minutes

Show times:    May 22 at 8:15pm      

May 24 at 7:15pm 

May 25 at 9:15pm     

May 26 at 4:30pm with a Talkback   

Price:               $22 ($15 for low income) PASSES AVAILABLE

In the summer of 2009, Cory Thibert was a quiet 19-year-old living in his parents’ basement. He was working as a server to pay his college tuition, spending time with his animal-loving girlfriend, and starting a theatre company with his best friend. When the Ottawa Affordable Housing Unit informs his parents that they have to move out of the only home Cory has ever known, it sets in motion a series of events that uncover the truth about what has set his family apart, and force Cory to find his voice...with a scream.

With laugh-out-loud humour and heartbreaking honesty, AWKWARD HUG transports us to the discomfort of navigating adulthood for the first time. Through masterful storytelling and intimate reflection, award-winning actor, writer and storyteller Cory Thibert explores what constitutes “normal” in our world, and how having two parents with disabilities forces his family outside those margins.

 For more information click on this link.  For a vocal description click on this link.

 

 The Way You Carry On by Killjoy Theatre

Two estranged sisters reunite in an East Van backyard: one queer and polyamorous, the other monogamous and on the run from motherhood.

Low vision friendly show with an introduction.

Venue: The Greenhouse Studio next to the Cultch

Length: 60 minutes + 30 minute longtable discussion

Show times:    May 24 at 6:45 pm

May 28 at 7:00pm

May 30 at 9:30pm

Price:               $22 ($15 for low income) PASSES AVAILABLE

The Way You Carry On tells the heartfelt story of Kelly and Nic, two estranged sisters in their mid-thirties, who are women we don’t often get to see. Nic is queer, polyamorous and about to have her first child in a blended family of four co-parents. Kelly has just left her nuclear family – her husband and two young children – as a way of affirming her selfhood and her truth. Sitting in Nic’s backyard in East Van, on unceded Coast Salish territories, we witness two women on the brink of transformation as they confront the forces in their lives that both shaped and alienated them.    

For more information click on this link.

  

Brave Space by Upintheair Theatre

Increasing Our Capacity For Uncomfortable Feelings

A low sight friendly discussion / experiment facilitated by Davey Samuel Calderon and Jan Derbyshire.

Venue:             The Greenhouse, right next to the Cultch

Length:            90 minutes

When?             June 2 at 3:00pm

Price:               Free

Inclusivity, equity, diversity, privilege, de-colonization. Some of many foundational processes and practices we have been talking about at panels, circles, industry events, classrooms, and even at parties and gatherings. It starts with conversation, which is great, but what happens afterwards? What action affirms and upholds the values set out during that intimate session? How do you create space for you to both be heard and give space for others to be heard? Why is it important to be present and open in such a time of tension?

Brave Space is Jan and Davey Calderon’s offering to you, as they too have the same questions. They are conducting a series of experiments where people express themselves in ways that holds themselves up by their own words. Where attempts are made to not just say, but really try to embody what is being said. This is the start of many sessions for all of us to be together: talking, reflecting, connecting, eating, making agreements, and taking risks to make the change.

For more information about Jan and Davey, click on this link.

 

Updrafts Reading Series presented by Upintheair Theatre

A series of readings of New Works in Development which are low vision friendly.

Venue: The Greenhouse Studio, right next to the Cultch at 1885 Venables street

Length: various

 

Unladylikeco’s reading of Jessica Hood’s play: Bad Eggs

Persephone is stuck in the modern world in a mundane life. But will news about her infertility break the spell?

Length:            60 minutes + 15 minute discussion

When?             Wednesday May 22 at 6:30pm  

Price:               By donation

In bad eggs, Persephone, Hades, and Eve (as in “Adam and Eve”) are all living in the modern world. Persephone and Hades have eloped and are now trying to have a baby. Growing anxious, Persephone goes to the fertility doctor, Eve, who also happens to be her mother. Her world crumbling around her, Persephone must discover who she really is, aside from being a wife and daughter. Through a feminist and darkly comedic lens, this play explores the parallels between the two myths, a serpent Hades and two women who ate “forbidden” fruit, and unearths the modern and mythic cause for an abusive marriage and a strained mother-daughter relationship.

 

A Reading of Emily Neumann’s Play Bitter, Jaded, and Only 24

A hilariously raw and often too real journey with characters Fig & Inni, two halves of a single whole.

Venue:             The Greenhouse Studio

Length:            35 minutes

When?             Thursday May 23 at 6:30pm 

Price:               By donation

A quintessentially millennial slice-of-life piece that is relatable across all ages — Bitter, Jaded, and Only 24 — follows characters Fig (Figure) and Inni (Insignificant), two halves of a single whole. Armed with memes, punch lines, and sharp transitions, they navigate their experiences of romantic love within the confines of the patriarchy. By weaving together outside resources such as books and articles, along with family stories and personal anecdotes, the pair bring us along a hilariously raw and often too real journey, sharing with us what has made them Bitter, Jaded, and Only 24.

 

A Reading of Lesli Brownlee’s play: The Long Distance Between

A fly on the wall view of the sometimes violent, sometimes comic, power negotiations that take place after hours between an actor and her director.

Venue:             The Greenhouse Studio

Length:            50 minutes

When?             Saturday May 25 at 3:00pm 

Price:               By donation

When Sam, a former actress, comes face to face with the man responsible for the death of her career she struggles to find the power to confront him. Meanwhile Brian, an aging director desperate for redemption, finds himself sitting beside a woman he mistakes for a prostitute and who has an uncanny resemblance to the girl who started it all.  As fate, subconscious desire, or plain old chance chase these two back through the maze of their shared past, we come to understand that the truth is often the longest distance between two points of view. The Long Distance Between; Or, Jungle Jungle Whatever is a darkly comic look at our desire for suffering in art and the effect it has on the people responsible for servicing that need. Created with the generous dramaturgical support of Jessie award winning director/writer/facilitators Joanna Garfinkle (PTC’s Block A) and Liesl Lafferty (The Wet Ink Collective).

  

Reading of Adam Warren’s play: Lights

It’s not what we forget. It’s why we remember — and who we make new memories with.

Venue:             The Greenhouse Studio

Length:            60 minutes

When?             Sunday May 26 at 2:00pm

Price:               By donation

 Nancy Chaulk’s dementia is progressing and so her son Evan, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, finds himself leaving Canada’s west coast to return to his fundamentally wheelchair inaccessible home in Newfoundland. There, Nancy must face an uncertain future, and Evan must find his place in it. Set against the backdrop of a Newfoundland family Christmas – steeped in tradition and treacherous winter weather – Lights is about making room for change: in family, health, perspective, and each other. Audiences join Evan and Nancy on Christmas Eve, as they lose some common ground, find more, and struggle to accept the times and places where there may be none. Lights is written by and features Jessie Award winner, Adam Grant Warren (Kill Me Now, CREEPS, Last Train In). Creation of the play is made possible by generous financial awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council. Feedback is critical at this stage in development, and audience members are invited to join the playwright and collaborators for a long-table discussion following the reading.

 

A Reading of Tai Amy Guaman’s play: You Used to Call Me Marie

A timeless Metis love story.

Venue:             The Greenhouse Studio

Length:            90 minutes

When?             Sunday May 26 at 4:30pm

Price:               By donation

"You Used to Call me Marie..." follows two souls in six different Metis love stories at six different distinct periods in history. Moving through different lives, we watch Iskwewo and Napew before and after the creation of Treaty 6. We watch the emergence of the Metis nations across the plains and the robust colonization that arises from the fur trade. Beginning in a creation story and ending in the present, "You used to call me Marie..." shares the love, the loss and the fight of Treaty 6's Metis women. Through alternate forms of theatrical structure and five different languages, the piece explores ancestor’s history and the ways in which a young Metis woman inherits trauma from the matriarchs in the family.