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Perceptual Archaeology (or How to Travel Blind)

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.


Click play below to hear our audio logo.


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.


Presented by Crow's Theatre and Fire and Rescue Team,


runs June 1st to June 25th at Streetcar Crowsnest,

345 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4M 2T1.



ALEX BULMER – Playwright and Performer


ENZO MASSARA – Line Feeder and Performer

DEANNA H. CHOI – Sound Designer


VICTORIA WALLACE – Set, Props, and Costume Designer

DAVE 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

JESSICA WATKIN– Disability Dramaturg

BECKY GOLD – Offstage Creative Enabler

LORNA CRAIG – Assistant Director and Script Coordinator

SARAH YUEN – Set, Props, and Costume Assistant Designer

MARGARET ROSE – Support Worker

MICK ROBERTSON – Support Worker

VIV MOORE – Clog Dancer

EVAN HARKAI – Carpenter and Production Support


Download the digital house programme:

Stream the audio house programme:

Crow's Theatre · Perceptual Archeology Audio 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.
Touch Tour
Tuesday, June 6, 2023 (masked performance), Wednesday, June 14, 2023, and Thursday, June 22, 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

wheelchair accessible seats, 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 extension 1010 with any questions or comments.


Please visit https://www.perceptualarchaeology.com/, a blind-led digital

art space and companion to the play for more information and audio offerings.


To order tickets, or if you have any issues accessing or reading this page,

please call the box office at 647 341 7390 extension 1010, or

email boxoffice@crowstheatre.com, to connect with Patron Services. 

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

















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