Geordie Theatre values the diversity of its patrons, visitors and workforce, and is committed to making theatre that is inclusive and accessible to all members of society. We are working to ensure that every person, regardless of ability, may have equal access to our shows in a safe, respectful environment supportive of human dignity. We wish to communicate openly with our patrons with disabilities in order to remain informed of any issues they may face while participating in Geordie’s activities, so that we may continue to improve our audience’s experience and remove barriers to access where possible.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact us at 514-845-9810 or email@example.com
Geordie held its first relaxed performance in 2018-2019, in partnership with Giant Steps and with the support of the Conseil des Arts de Montréal.
Stay tuned for our list of Relaxed Performances of the 2020/2021 Season!
What is a relaxed performance?
A relaxed performance is open to everyone and is designed to welcome audience members who might benefit from a more casual theatre environment. Some examples include:
– Young children
– People with autism or sensory processing disorder
– People with intellectual or developmental disabilities
– People with anxiety disorders and other mental health conditions
– People with Tourette’s syndrome, people who have physical and/or vocal tics
– People with behavioral issues
– People who are unfamiliar with the theatre
At a relaxed performance, there is a more casual attitude towards noise and movement in the audience. There is no expectation to remain quiet and seated for the duration of the performance. Audience members are free to move around, and may retreat to a quiet space outside the theatre at any time. House lights remain on during the show so the audience is not in the dark. Lighting and sound effects onstage may be adjusted to a lower intensity.
Inspired by the “suspended coffee” phenomenon, Play-It-Forward enables individuals and organizations to pre-purchase and set aside theatre tickets for those who might not otherwise be able to afford the experience of a Geordie play. Click HERE for details or to buy tickets. To request tickets, call our box office at 514-845-9810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Geordie Theatre School (GTS) Bursary Fund offers scholarships to benefit youth from lower economic backgrounds and allows them the opportunity to engage in the performing arts with professional artists by taking classes at Geordie Theatre School. For details or to apply for a scholarship, click HERE. To make a donation, click HERE.
Geordie’s plays are eligible for several government-funded programs offering to finance cultural outings for school groups, or cultural activities hosted in schools. To learn more about how to apply for funding for your school, click HERE.
Geordie is proud to offer discounted rates to families, seniors, students and community organizations and partners. Email email@example.com or call 514-845-9810 to speak about our special offers.
Seeing Voices Montreal is an organization whose mission is to provide educational and collaborative opportunities to build connections between D/deaf and hearing people.
Kéroul is a non-profit organization which, through information and lobbying, promotes and develops accessible tourism and culture.
The Giant Steps Resource and Training Centre is an extension of Giant Steps school and is dedicated to supporting the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) community.
When purchasing a ticket at regular admission price, upon presentation of an official Access 2 Card or a Carte Accompagnement Loisir, a person with a disability may receive one free ticket for the person accompanying them. This policy is applicable for all shows.
For online ticket purchases, please leave a note in the “Comments” box indicating that you require a ticket for your support person.
Starting on May 6th 2019, the Tourist and Leisure Companion Sticker (TLCS) will be gradually replaced by the Carte Accompagnement Loisir (CAL). TLCS holders have until October 1st 2020 to transition to the CAL; in the meantime, participating venues will be accepting both the TLCS and the CAL.
The CAL gives free access, at participating venues, to the companion of a disabled person aged 5 and older who requires assistance with at least one of the following when participating in a leisure activity:
– To eat and/or drink
– To move
– To communicate
– To conduct personal care
– To orient themselves
– To participate safely in the activity
The CAL is free of charge and is valid for 5 years.
Visit the CAL website (available in French only) for a list of participating venues, or to apply for a card.
The Access 2 Card is for people of all ages and types of permanent disabilities who require the assistance of a support person at hundreds of participating entertainment, cultural and recreational venues across Canada. A support person is an adult who accompanies a person with a permanent disability to assist with services that are not provided by the employees at the participating venue, such as assistance with eating, administering medication, communication and use of the facilities.
The Access 2 card costs $20 for 3 years or $30 for 5 years and is valid at all participating venues during that time.
Visit Access 2’s website for a list of participating venues, or to apply for a card.
The D. B. Clarke is partially accessible. Wheelchair users will need assistance to operate the elevator, as it requires a key that is not available to the public. They may also need assistance to open the doors to the washrooms.
For a detailed report of accessibility features at the D. B. Clarke Theatre, click HERE
Access to the building
The D. B. Clarke Theatre is located in the basement of Concordia University’s Henry F. Hall Building. Entrances to the building have push-button-automated doors.
Access to the theatre
The box office is located on the ground floor. The theatre and lobby are one floor below. Please be aware that the main access to the basement involves a rather long flight of stairs. The basement can also be accessed by elevator if needed. A staff member will accompany you and will operate the elevator with a key.
Wheelchair-accessible seats are located in the back row of the audience. You may choose to transfer into a theatre seat, or have the seat removed and remain in your wheelchair. The D. B. Clarke Theatre can accommodate up to 8 persons with full-sized wheelchairs.
There are gendered washrooms in the basement. Each has one accessible stall. The doors to these washrooms are rather narrow, so patrons with larger wheelchairs may have to use the washrooms on the ground floor.
The Segal Centre is accessible. For a detailed report of accessibility features at the Segal Centre, click HERE.
Access to the building
The Segal Centre has an accessible entrance on Westbury street (to your left when facing the building). This entrance has a ramp with a handrail, and push-button-automated doors. (The entrance on Ch. Côte-Sainte Catherine is at the top of a staircase.)
Access to the theatre
The box office, lobby and theatre are on the ground floor. There are seats in the theatre that can be accessed without stairs.
Wheelchair-accessible seats are located in the front row of the audience. You may choose to transfer into a theatre seat, or have the seat removed and remain in your wheelchair. The number of removable seats is limited.
There are gendered washrooms on the ground floor. There are accessible stalls in both the men’s and women’s washrooms. The washrooms do not have automatic doors.
What is a Visual Story?
A visual story is a tool to help audience members familiarize themselves with a venue and/or with a show. It allows audience members to know in advance what to expect at the theatre, so that they can prepare themselves accordingly. Visual stories were created as an aid for people with autism or learning disabilities. They can be used to help anyone prepare for their visit to the theatre.
Visual stories for our 2020-2021 shows are available on this page approximately one month prior to the performance dates.
Geordie Theatre is located on the unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Tiotià:ke (known as Montréal) has existed as a meeting place of many First Nation peoples, including but not limited to the Abenaki , Anishinaabeg (Algonquin), and the Huron-Wendat. We extend our deepest respect to the elders of these communities and to all Indigenous peoples who carry the history of this island’s land and waters – caring for it and calling it home. We are honoured and privileged to share stories on this land.
We wish to also acknowledge that we are grateful to those seeking sustainable solutions to our global climate crisis, so that we may continue to inspire and challenge our audiences near and far.