Accessibility - Geordie Theatre


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
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation
Every year, we offer ASL-interpreted performances for select shows in our season. Members of the D/deaf community may purchase tickets at a discounted rate.

ASL-interpreted performance dates for our 2019-2020 season will be announced shortly.
Relaxed Performances
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.

Relaxed performance dates for our 2019-2020 season will be announced shortly.

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.
Financial Accessibility
Suspended Tickets
Inspired by the “suspended coffee” phenomenon, our Suspended Tickets program 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

GTS Bursary Fund
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. Click HERE for details or to apply for a scholarship. To make a donation, contact GTS Director Jessica Abdallah at (514) 845-9810 or

Visual Stories


What is a Visual Story?

A visual story is a tool to help patrons familiarize themselves with a venue and/or with a show. Visual stories go through every step of the audience experience in detail, including how to access the venue, what to do once they get there, as well as plot summaries and content warnings for the show. Visual stories allow patrons to know in advance what to expect at the theatre, so they can prepare themselves accordingly.

Visual stories for 2019-2020 shows will be available on this page shortly.

Venue Information


D. B. Clarke Theatre

D. B. Clarke Theatre
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: Accessibility at the D. B. Clarke Theatre.

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.

Montreal Arts Interculturels (MAI)

Montreal Arts Interculturels (MAI)
Accessibility details for the MAI will be available on this page shortly.

Ticketing Policy

For patrons with disabilities and their support persons
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.

Carte Accompagnement Loisir logo
Access 2 Card logo

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 CALis free of charge and is valid for a 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.

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