Accessible PuSh

King Arthur's Night
Photo: Tristan Casey

The PuSh Festival strives to be an inclusive place for all. We seek to reduce or eliminate physical, social and financial barriers so that everyone has a chance to experience the performing arts. At the core of the PuSh Festival’s values is providing transformative performing arts experiences and bringing the live performing arts to as many audiences as possible.

To take part in any of our accessibility initiatives, for ticket bookings, or if you have suggestions that could help improve inclusivity at the PuSh Festival, please contact Accessible PuSh Coordinator Anika Vervecken via email at, or by telephone on 604.605.8284 ext 204.

We strive to meet access requests, and continue to develop the Accessible PuSh program.

Further performance details for specific initiatives will be added to this page throughout December 2018.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation & Captions

At certain performances, professional interpreters provide live ASL translation or captions for patrons who are Deaf, deaf or hard of hearing. Written introductions can be provided for shows that have little or no spoken language.

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ASL interpreted events:

Tamara Saulwick (Australia)

Jan 26–28 | Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Delores Piper will provide ASL-interpretation for the show & talkback on Jan 27, 7:00PM

A deeply moving performance that “stays with you long after you leave.” With record players, a reel-to-reel recorder, a singer and his guitar, Australia’s Saulwick conjures visions and voices of the afterlife. From rich textured recordings emerge stories on mortality and loss.

Youth Assembly
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
Jan 20, 12:00–5:30PM

The Youth Assembly is a one-day performing arts conference by and for young people. Whether you’re curious or passionate about pursuing careers in the performing arts, you can explore various areas of interest through workshops, presentations and conversation. This is your chance to share ideas, network and build community with fellow emerging arts pros.

Panel Discussion: Arts, Employment & Inclusion
UBC Graduate Services Building, Penthouse
Jan 31, 5:30–7:00PM

On the occasion of the opening night of King Arthur’s Night, we discuss the state of inclusion with regard to employment and workplaces for people who identify as Deaf, disabled or on the autism spectrum. Looking at various employment and hiring models as case studies, we ask how accessibility and inclusion are changing the way we think about the workplace, including the arts and artistic practice.

Captioned performances:


Neworld Theatre (Canada)

Jan 17–21 | Performance Works

Captions will be provided on Jan 21, 2:00PM

Patrick Keating was once a bank robber and a convicted criminal—a fact hard to believe about this much-loved Vancouver independent theatre artist. Here he shares a rare, human glimpse at what it means to be a lawbreaker in a riveting and wit-filled memoir.

Presented with Touchstone Theatre

Motus (Italy)

Jan 18–21 | Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

English surtitles for every show. An introduction on use of music is available upon request.

Subverting gender binaries, Italy’s award-winning Silvia Calderoni puts on a raucous and visceral dance party filled with contemplation and ecstasy. In the role of performer and DJ, while changing identities and attire, she exposes notions of sexuality for what they are: barriers to be broken down.

Presented with Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre

Other shows accessible to people who are Deaf, deaf or hard of hearing:

Download our info sheet

Ticket bookings:

Or call 604.605.8284 ext 204

Some Hope for the Bastards
Frédérick Gravel (Canada)

Jan 16 | Vancouver Playhouse

Dance, no spoken word, an introduction on the use of music is available upon request

The “most significant dance artist to emerge in Quebec in the past 10 years”, Frédérick Gravel is back at PuSh following 2014’s sold-out Usually Beauty Fails. In this unholy hybrid of the highbrow and the high-octane, nine dancers perform as though enraptured by the rhythmic live score.

Reassembled, Slightly Askew
Shannon Yee (Northern Ireland)

Jan 17–Feb 4 | Culture Lab, The Cultch

Volume can be adjusted for people who are hard of hearing

In this multidisciplinary adventure and real-life head-trip, acclaimed playwright Shannon Yee shares her experience of surviving a traumatic brain injury and a medically induced coma. Placed in a hospital bed with headphones, audiences become immersed in her mind in this intimate and psychedelic work.

Presented with The Cultch

Andy Field (England)

Jan 20–21 | Vancouver Lookout Harbour

This is a FREE event suitable for the hard of hearing community. Deaf patrons may bring an interpreter, no extra ticket is required, please specify this when booking, or contact the Accessible PuSh Coordinator.

What will happen to Vancouver and its youth destined to inherit it? Overlooking the city, audiences sit one-on-one with local children to contemplate these questions. A beautiful and humbling look at our city and the future through the lens of a child’s rich imagination.

It’s Dark Outside
Tim Watts/The Last Great Hunt (Australia)

Jan 24–28 | Waterfront Theatre

This is a visual show with no use of verbal language. This show is appropriate for children.

An all-ages delight, It’s Dark Outside turns the Western genre on its head and recasts the lone hero as a solitary old man up against dementia. Through puppetry, animation, shadow play and live performance emerges an adventurous world.

Presented with Vancouver International Children’s Festival

Antony Hamilton & Alisdair Macindoe (Australia)

Jan 24–27 | Performance Works

Dance, no spoken word, an introduction is available upon request.

Winner of New York’s 2017 Bessie Award for outstanding production, this stunning display of mechanical sophistication and human movement features 64 robotic percussion instruments and two performers. The dancers respond intricately, almost hypnotically, to the tapping and chiming instruments. A triumph of engineering and technical precision.

FakeKnot (Canada)

Jan 26 | Club PuSh at The Fox Cabaret

Dance, no spoken word, an introduction is available upon request.

Vancouver’s own Ralph Escamillan reveals a dance spectacular that has him decked out in “sequin skin”­—a walking, breathing and shiny signifier. Inspired by drag, ballroom and vogue subcultures of expression through artifice, he offers a beguiling and sexy study on the gaze, the body and the self.

Daina Ashbee (Canada)

Feb 1–3 | Scotiabank Dance Centre

Dance, no spoken word.

From Vancouver-trained choreographer of Cree, Métis and European ancestry Daina Ashbee, comes this bold dance work fusing the profoundly personal and the ferociously political. It’s a visceral meditation on the menstrual cycle that takes unflinching pride in the female body. Bearing it all, dancer Paige Culley offers a fierce performance that explores the line between beauty and agony.

Presented with The Dance Centre

The Eternal Tides
Legend Lin Dance Theatre (Taiwan)

Feb 3 | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Dance, no spoken word.

Renowned choreographer Lin Lee-Chen folds age-old rituals, customs and ceremonial rites of her native Taiwan into exquisite beauty of monumental scale. Dancers adorned in stunning costume are surrounded by sets vivid in colour and texture while performing in tribute to water and its vital cycle of renewal.

Presented with TAIWANfest

VocalEye Live Described Audio

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For patrons who are blind or have low vision, live audio description is available at select performances. This specialized service describes the visual elements of a live show in real time.

Specially trained PuSh volunteers are available to assist patrons who are blind or have low vision get to venues and attend shows. Sighted guides meet patrons at nearby public transit stops and guide them to and from the theatre. If you require a guide, please make your request 72 hours in advance.

VocalEye live described performances:

The Events: January 27, 2:00PM

The Events: January 27, 8:00PM

King Arthur’s Night: February 3, 7:30PM

Other shows accessible to people who are blind or have low vision:

Download our info sheet

Ticket bookings & sighted guide requests:

Or call 604.605.8284 ext 204

Relaxed Performances

Select performances are adapted to welcome patrons who might benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment, including—but not limited to—people on the autism spectrum, with sensory and communication disorders, or learning disabilities. There is a relaxed attitude towards noise and movement made by the audience, and adaptations are made to light and sound effects.

Relaxed performances:

King Arthur’s Night: February 4, 2:00PM

Download the King Arthur’s Night “visual story”, which provides a detailed description with images of the show’s plot points and characters, if you prefer or require visual support aids in advance of the performance.

Download the Frederic Wood Theatre “venue visual story”, which provides detailed description with images of the venue, including wayfinding instructions and layout of the physical space.

Other shows generally accessible to people who might benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment:

Download our info sheet

Ticket bookings:
Or call 604.605.8284 ext 204

Support Persons & Sighted Guides

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Support persons who accompany patrons with disabilities requiring assistance to attend a show are eligible to receive a complimentary ticket. The PuSh Festival participates in Easter Seals Canada’s Access 2 program and partners with the Canucks Autism Network; it is recommended that patrons who need to be accompanied by a support person have an Access 2 or Canucks Autism Network card.

Specially trained PuSh volunteers are available to assist blind and partially sighted patrons, and others who require assistance, to attend shows, meeting them at nearby public transit stops and guiding them to and from venues.

Support person ticket bookings & sighted guide requests:

Or call 604.605.8284 ext 204

Community Ticketing

The PuSh Festival works with partner social services organizations and community groups to distribute complimentary or reduced-price tickets to diverse populations who might not otherwise attend our Festival.

Please indicate your desired performance(s) when you complete our online request form. We strive to meet community requests where possible.

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Venue Accessibility

We are committed to providing as much and as accurate information as possible about each venue. Detailed audits are conducted for the Festival venues (following templates provided by the RAMP: Radical Access Mapping Project), providing technical specifications about a range of accessibility considerations.

Please consult the accessibility audits online to find out more about each venue.

For more info:

Or call 604.605.8284 ext 204

Gender Inclusivity

Inclusivity is one of our core values and that also extends to creating a gender-inclusive environment. We provide training to our volunteers and have a gender inclusive washroom policy for all our venues and events.

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