relaxed performances

© Marie Sebire

Every year, MAI presents relaxed performances. A relaxed performance (RP) refers to a show that is open to all, and may specifically address the needs of people who identify with a sensory or intellectual disability, a neurological or learning disability, people who experience anxiety, people with newborns or anyone who is uncomfortable with the conventions of a traditional theatre environment. There will be a more relaxed attitude to noise and movement within the theatre during the performance. The reception, soundscape and visual atmosphere can be adapted to create a calm and inclusive environment. Additional support tools are also made available to the audience, such as a detailed show guide, visual stories, familiarization visits, etc.


How does this translate during your visit at the MAI?

  • A show guide is available 2 weeks before the performances. This guide will also be displayed on the Café walls
  • There is an announcement and explanations at the start of the show by someone from the MAI team
  • There is a self-service coat check
  • Latecomers are admitted
  • Snacks (to drink and eat) are offered free of charge in the Café 
  • Music before and after the show is at low volume in the Café 
  • Earmuffs, weighted animals, stress balls and coloring pages are available in the Café
  • Sensory stimulation is kept at a minimum: reduced sound level, dimmed lights in the Theater.
  • It is possible to drink in the Theater
  • It is possible to enter and leave the Theater during the performance 
  • The public is not required to be silent in the Theater
  • The MAI reception team will be present in greater numbers to respond to any needs or questions
  • Seating for all bodies are available to provide comfort and safety (up to 500 pounds)
  • Tickets for accompanying persons are at 0$


2023-2024 relaxed performances calendar

Je en vais pas inonder la mer by Sonia Bustos

May 18th, 2pm 


We are constantly looking for ways to make our service and space more accessible and value your input. Please provide us with feedback! What can we do to improve our service? Contact our team at [email protected] / 514-982-1812.