May I Take Your Arm, A Theatre Passe Muraille and Red Dress Productions Co-Production with the support of Common Boots Theatre. The banner image has a bright red background, and a grainy black and white image of Alex Bulmer smiling.

June 14 – 26, 2021
Online and by mail

Co-Creator , Performer: Alex Bulmer
Co-Creator, Environment Designer/Maker: Anna Camilleri
Co-Creator, Sound Editor/Dramaturge: Tristan R. Whiston
Co-Creator, Live Video Animation: Katie Yealland
Creative Access Support , Audio Description: Becky Gold
Sound Consultant / Field Recording: Charles Ketchabaw
Website Designer: Wy Joung Kou

Blind artist Alex Bulmer takes the arm of people in her new neighbourhood. Together, they walk, listen, and share life stories — an architecture of place emerges. Experience their journeys through these multi-sensory moving-portraits that consider the past, illuminate the present, and evoke possible futures.

Originally created in 2018 as a live, interactive, performance installation, May I Take Your Arm? has been re-imagined into a 7-part multidisciplinary follow-at-home experience. A purpose built website, acts as a navigation map for audiences to experience the work in their own homes, in their own time and pace.

A hand holds up a handmade accordion book, revealing detailed elements of the book. It has four panels, with cuttings that replicate a shape of a tree, and some paper weavings that make up a grid. There is foraged birch bark stacked inside one panel, and pine needles stitched to another. The image is lined by red vertical lines across the top and bottom

A series of 200 limited edition accordion books designed by Anna Camilleri, which will be mailed, are a tactile accompaniment to experience the show. The books are hand-made using stitch work, paper weaving and cutting, and wild crafted botanical dyes. A number of books are set aside to prioritize access to low-vision and blind audiences.

The show can be experienced with OR without the book. To ensure you receive a book on time, please be certain to request your copy before June 1, 2021.

Books are available for a Pay-What-You-Can-Afford price of $5, $25 or $50. They can be ordered online here or by phoning Theatre Passe Muraille at (416) 504-7529.

If the price of the accordion book is a barrier to you or someone you know, please contact the Community Engagement Coordinator, Angela Sun, and a book will be sent free-of-charge (while supplies last).

*Allergy warning: Ingredients used in the book may include Black Walnut & Sumac botanical dye extractions, salt and vinegar. Silver Birch/Grey Birch bark/Eastern White Pine needles/Tansy/Rosehip. Dyed papers have an earthy and faintly acidic scent.

Click here to visit Theatre Passe Muraille for more details and to purchase a book.

For more information about the original 2018 production please visit Red Dress Productions.

For more information about the associated Listening Stage event click here.