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  • Crow's Theatre and Fire and Rescue Team present
  • Alex Bulmer
  • Leah Cherniak
  • Jun 1 - Jun 25, 2023
  • PWYC-$65
  • 90 minutes with no intermission
  • Studio Theatre
  • Details

    DESCRIPTION OF HEADER IMAGE: With a background of clouds and a blue sky, Alex Bulmer stands mid-step in the clouds pulling a red and black rolling suitcase behind her. Alex is a white woman in her early 50s with short dirty-blonde hair. She wears an unbuttoned red canvas jacket over a white t-shirt, black jeans, and black boots. Below her feet in bold lettering reads Perceptual Archaeology [or How To Travel Blind]. Accessible for Blind and Sighted audiences. Below the text is hand-drawn images of landmarks from various international locations that have been meshed into a cohesive landscape. Images include cathedrals, a train station, a boat crossing a river and a large clock tower. 

    If you have any issues accessing or reading this page, you can visit our plain text page at 
    https://www.crowstheatre.com/pages/howtotravelblind, or call the box office at 647.341.7390 extension 1010, or email boxoffice@crowstheatre.com to speak with Patron Services. 
    We also invite you to visit https://www.perceptualarchaeology.com/, a blind-led digital art space and companion to the play.

    What is it like to travel blind?

    Blind artist Alex Bulmer welcomes you to her five part “talk” exploring this question.

    Adapted for theatre from her original blind travel essays, Alex sets off on a dramatic journey that playfully twists and turns across differing geographies and unexpected emotional terrain.

    Imagine a play created by blind and sighted artists. Imagine a play developed with a love of improvisation, sound, the absurd, and the uncertain.

    PERCEPTUAL ARCHAEOLOGY (OR HOW TO TRAVEL BLIND) is designed and created for blind and sighted audiences.

    The Fire and Rescue Team is an artist-led performance collective, co-founded and helmed by theatre artists Alex Bulmer and Leah Cherniak.

    Alex has a background in artistic adaptation, writing and music, finds creative momentum in the improbable, and creates within the disruptive uncertainty of blindness.

    Leah has a history of directing – making theatre where improvisation is an impetus in the rehearsal process which values rhythm, invention and uncertainty.

    They share a rigour for analysis and language, an attraction to risk, and the playful subversion of audience expectations.

    The emergence of Fire and Rescue as a collective evolved following a number of projects that explored the idea of de-centering vision from a creative process.

    Download the visual house programme:

     Stream the audio house programme:


    Masked Performances
    Every Tuesday evening and Sunday matinee performance of PERCEPTUAL ARCHAEOLOGY (OR HOW TO TRAVEL BLIND) has a mask mandate and requires all audience members to wear a mask while in the theatre.
    At every Sunday matinee performance of PERCEPTUAL ARCHAEOLOGY (OR HOW TO TRAVEL BLIND) there is a limited number of seats held for same-day, in-person, Pay-What-You-Can admission. Box office opens at noon.
    Disabled/Low Income Tickets
    Tickets for $15 are available if you identify as Disabled or low income. Please choose this option from the drop down menu when purchasing your ticket online, or request it when buying via email or by telephone.
    Integrated Audio Description
    This play evolved from radio essays for the BBC with descriptive audio integrated into the story, meaning every performance is 100% accessible to blind audiences without the need for described audio devices.
    Relaxed Performances
    Friday, June 2, 2023 at 8:00 PM (preview performance); Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 2:00 PM (masked performance and Pay-What-You-Can admittance); and Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 8:00 PM. Listen to the message to learn more: https://on.soundcloud.com/7qW42.
    Touch Tour
    Tuesday, June 6, 2023 (masked performance), Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 7:15 PM. Performances begin at 8:00 PM.
    ASL Interpreted Performances by Phoenix The Fire
    Tuesday, June 13, 2023 (masked performance), and Thursday, June 22, 2023 8:00 PM. 
    Facility Access
    Streetcar Crowsnest is fully wheelchair accessible, and meets Ontario’s building code standards.  All entrances have push-button automated doors allowing for a barrier-free path of travel.
    Wheelchair Seating
    Wheelchair accessible seating is available for all performances in our facility.  To reserve a wheelchair accessible seat(s), please email boxoffice@crowstheatre.com or call 647.341.7390 extension 1010.
    Hearing Assisting Devices
    Assistive Listening Devices will be available free of charge and on a first come, first served basis before the performance. Available in The Guloien Theatre only.
    Parking Access
    Parking is available on the P1 level of the complex, with elevator access to street level on Dundas Street East.
    Attendant Care and Companion Tickets
    Complimentary attendant care and companion tickets are available for patrons living with a disability who require assistance to use our facility. Crow's Theatre is a proud member of the Easter Seals Access 2 Program.
    Please email boxoffice@crowstheatre.com or call the box office at 647.341.7390 ext. 1010 with any questions or comments.
    If you have any issues accessing or reading this page, you can also visit our plain text page at https://www.crowstheatre.com/pages/howtotravelblind, or call the box office at 647.341.7390 extension 1010, or email boxoffice@crowstheatre.com to speak with Patron Services.
    We also invite you to visit https://www.perceptualarchaeology.com/, a blind-led digital art space and companion to the play.

    Perceptual Archaeology was developed with support from The Slaight Family Creation Residency.


    Click play below to hear Fire and Rescue Team's audio logo.
  • The Team


    • Alex Bulmer - Performer
    • Enzo Massara - Line Feeder and Performer


    • Alex Bulmer - Playwright
    • Leah Cherniak - Director
    • Deanna H. Choi - Sound Designer
    • Thomas Ryder Payne - Sound Designer
    • Victoria Wallace - Set, Props and Costume Designer
    • David DeGrow - Lighting Designer
    • Laura Philipps - Fire and Rescue Team Producer
    • Megan Wilk - Fire and Rescue Team Associate Producer
    • Sally Roberts - Production Manager
    • Neha Ross - Stage Manager
    • River Oliveira - Sound Technician
    • Dr. Jessica Watkin - Disability Dramaturg
    • Becky Gold - Offstage Creative Enabler
    • Lorna Craig - Assistant Director and Script Coordinator
    • Sarah Yuen - Set, Props and Costume Assistant Designer
    • Mick Robertson - Support Worker
    • Margaret Rose - Support Worker
    • Viv Moore - Clog Dancer
    • Evan Harkai - Carpenter and Production Support