Relaxed Performances Port Dover

Theatre is for everyone

What is a relaxed performance?

A relaxed performance (RP) is a theatre experience that incorporates universal design by offering accessibility and inclusion practices that meet the physical, social, and environmental needs of patrons of all abilities, within a dramatic arts setting. We welcome you to be yourself!

Click the titles below to see the accessibility and inclusion principles that are a part of a relaxed performance at Lighthouse Theatre.

Physical Accessibility
  • A ‘personal space’ seating option will provide attendees with the option to select the seats beside or behind them to create a ‘personal bubble’ based on their comfort level
  • Lighting and sound during the show and in the theatre will be adjusted for attendees
Social Inclusion
  • Vocalizations of attendees are welcome during the performance
  • Interaction with cast and crew prior to or after the play will be encouraged
  • A storyboard of the cast, stage setup, and theatre preview will all be available to review prior to attending the RP
  • A visual guide will be provided to attendees prior to the date of the RP to ensure that all attendees are aware of the Lighthouse Festival building, amenities, theatre features, etc.
Environmental Accessibility
  • The option to leave the theatre as attendees need is open and welcome
  • For the engagement of attendees who choose to leave the theatre at any time, a television with the play in action will be available in the Long Bar of the Lighthouse Festival building
  • The movement of attendees during the performance is welcome
  • Additional signage will be available through the Lighthouse Festival building to ensure that attendees know where to go for the amenities that they are looking for
  • Friendly front of house volunteers will be available to support attendees during their RP experience


Ticket Prices

Ticket InformationPrice (taxes and fees included)
Individual$26.00 each
Youth (21 years and under)$19.00 each
Family rate (3 – 9 tickets)$23.00 each
Group rate (10+ tickets)$21.00 each

Show Descriptions

Doris and Ivy In The Home

June 7th

Performance Start Time: 2:00pm
Show Run Time: 2 Hours and 10 minutes
Intermission: 20 minutes

Retired prison guard Doris Mooney has just moved into Paradise Village, a retirement home in Canmore, Alberta. She quickly befriends Ivy Hoffbauer, a former world champion skier who’s taken aback by Doris’s cheerful brashness. Rounding out the trio is dapper Arthur Beech who has designs on Ivy. Love, gossip and sex behind the compost heap, this is Foster at his hilarious best.

Murder At Ackerton Manor

June 28th

Performance Start Time: 2:00pm
Show Run Time: 2 Hours and 10 minutes
Intermission: 20 minutes

Get ready for a laugh riot, jump scare, whodunnit, murder mystery, comedy extravaganza. In this Agatha Christie murder mystery spoof, three actors play seven roles as we move through Ackerton Manor trying to solve a riddle of a murder…or two… It’s a little 39 Steps, a little Play That Goes Wrong, and whole lot of fun. Inspired by his love of murder-mystery, popular Canadian playwright Steven Gallagher created this love story to the genre based on his memories of classic murder mysteries. Murder, Mayhem,and of course… a plot twist or two!

Mary’s Wedding

July 19th

Performance Start Time: 2:00pm
Show Run Time: 2 Hours and 10 minutes
Intermission: 20 minutes

On the night before her wedding, Mary dreams of a thunderstorm, during which she unexpectedly meets Charlie sheltering in a barn beside his horse. With innocence and humour, the two discover a charming first love. But the year is 1914, and the world is collapsing into a brutal war. Together, they attempt to hide their love, galloping through the fields for a place and time where the tumultuous uncertainties of battle can’t find them. A play with a heart as big as the skies that serve as its stage, Mary’s Wedding is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope, and survival.

The Sweet Delilah Swim Club

August 9th

Performance Start Time: 2:00pm
Show Run Time: 2 Hours and 10 minutes
Intermission: 20 minutes

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every Augustto recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage, the “Sweet Delilah” on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. A hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever…


September 6th

Performance Start Time: 2:00pm
Show Run Time: 2 Hours and 10 minutes
Intermission: 20 minutes

Seventy year-old Robert and sixty-eight year old Christina have just met. In fact, they are practically strangers. They are both single, and at their ages, both have doubts about their appeal to the opposite sex. So, they decide to test out their appeal, by boldly renting a lakefront cabin and spending a ‘wild’ weekend together. What can go wrong?

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