It can be sometimes hard to take a young person with disability to the theatre, they can be overwhelmed by the unfamiliar environment and many families worry about the reaction of others in the audience.
A Relaxed Performance is one of the ways Arts Centre Melbourne presents theatre that is welcoming for everyone. It is a way audiences and families can enjoy theatre together, in an environment that has been carefully adapted and embraces all reactions.
Relaxed shows include the following:
We focus on modifying the sensory environment and provide a range of pre-show resources to help you prepare for your visit (a Visual Story, examples of the music performed, a video clip to watch before the show, and Frequently Asked Questions).
A relaxed performance is the same show but there are some small changes. These changes are made in order to eliminate surprise and reduce anxiety levels. Specifically for Curious, house lights will be up, sound and lighting cues will be modified, strobe lighting has been removed and doors will be open for people to come and go as they wish.
There is a lot of music and different sound effects used throughout the performance, which will be made quieter however it can still be quite noisy for some people. Included here are links to some of the music tracks so you can hear what the soundtrack is like.
Please note: This is a General Admission performance meaning you can choose where you would like to sit in the auditorium. Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before the show starts.
General Admission means that you can choose where you would like to sit in the Auditorium.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is recommended for ages 11+. Please see below for content warnings.
All family members are most welcome to come along to the relaxed performance, so that you can enjoy the experience together. We encourage all families to speak with our staff in order to make further decisions about age suitability and guidance regarding the content and tone of the show.
There are some elements of the show which could be distressing for audience members.
At the end of the play, there will be a half hour question and answer session where you will be able to ask the actors any questions you have about the play. This might also be a good time to discuss anything you found upsetting.
Yes. There will be a designated quiet area for you to go to in the foyer of the Playhouse Theatre. The quiet area will be somewhere you can relax before the show, and where you can come and go to whenever you want during the performance, should you need to take a break. There will be comfy seating including bean bags, sensory items, and the Visual Story will be available. There will also be TV monitors in this area so that you can still see the live action as it happens on stage, but from the vantage point of this outside space. There is also a viewing room that can be used. You can return to the theatre when you are ready – staff are available to assist as required.
You can take your headphones and your tablet into the theatre to assist with communication. We just ask that you please inform the ushers beforehand. We also recommend that you just be mindful of the people around you whilst using a tablet, and limit its use throughout the performance so that it is not too distracting to others.
Doors will be open 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance, giving you plenty of time to find a seat. This is a General Admission performance meaning you can choose where you would like to sit in the auditorium.
Yes, we will have a number of highly trained Front of House staff available both in the foyer and in the theatre who will be able to assist you at any time.
Throughout the play, lots of different lights are used. There are no strobe lights. Words and pictures are projected onto the floor and on the walls, and sometimes the colour of the lights change. The set is mainly made up of diagrams and grids and has the energy and excitement of a computer game. There is quite a lot of movement and different people coming on and off stage. Please refer to the Visual Story for detailed information, including photographs of the play and descriptions of the storyline.
Yes, there will be a 15 minute question and answer session directly after the play with the cast and one of our ACM facilitators. You will have the opportunity to ask anything you like about what you experienced during the show.
The Playhouse Theatre is located in Art Centre Melbourne’s Theatres Building (the one with the spire) on Level 5. See here for a more detailed map.
Everyone is welcome to the Playhouse Theatre. Limited accessible seating is available for wheelchair users and their companions, as well as for people who would like to transfer to a theatre seat (from a walker or wheelchair). You can book accessibility seating via the telephone booking line 1300 182 183 – early bookings are recommended.
Loan wheelchairs can also be booked through Concierge to assist with travel throughout the building. Please call 9281 8298 if you need assistance.
All levels of the Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park are fully wheelchair accessible.
Accessible parking bays are clearly marked and available on both levels with easy access to our theatres. Please display your valid Disabled Persons Parking Permit.
15 spaces are on the Upper level, turn left after entry gates.
7 spaces are on the Lower level, just after the entry gates.
Discounts for the Valet parking service is also available for permit holders.
The entry for Arts Centre Melbourne’s carpark is here (corner of Sturt and Kavanagh Streets)
There are only 4 accessible parking spaces directly outside the front of Arts Centre Melbourne, however paid street parking may also be available along St Kilda Road.
Arts Centre Melbourne is located at 100 St Kilda Road, in between the National Gallery of Victoria and the Yarra River, it's a few minutes walk from Federation Square and Flinders Street Station.
Train – A short walk from Flinders Street Station.
Tram – Take any tram along St Kilda Road and get off at Arts Centre Melbourne, Arts Precinct Stop 14.
For more information about public transport options please visit the website here.
Arts Centre Melbourne – Accessible Toilets
Please ask venue staff for the closest accessible toilet to your location.
The most convenient accessible toilets are located:
Changing Places – Accessible public toilets with full-sized change tables and hoists
The closest Changing Place is located at Flinders Street Station here (enter postcode 3000)