Audio Drama in a Dramatic Time


Common Boots Theatre & BALANCE for Blind Adults present

Audio Drama in a Dramatic Time

Common Boots Theatre & BALANCE for Blind Adults are excited to announce Audio Drama in a Dramatic Time!

These two organizations have joined to present a series of play readings exclusively for the blind and low vision community.

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on people who are blind or have low vision. This play reading series is our company’s action to stay connected with this community through theatre. 

Please note:
Access to these readings is available exclusively to the blind and low vision community. It is not required to be a client of BALANCE to participate, nor is it limited to residents of Toronto.

*The blind and low vision community is defined as those who are blind or have low vision, their immediate support network and staff who support them.


These performances will be provided live via Zoom. An email address is required in order to receive the Zoom invite, however, participation may be online or by phone.

The Public Servant

by Jennifer Brewin, Haley McGee, Sarah McVie and Amy Rutherford
June 16, 2020 –  5:00PM EST    

Read by the creators themselves; Haley McGee, Sarah McVie, and Amy Rutherford with stage directions read by Jennifer Brewin. 

Step inside the halls of power as Madge, a young, idealistic and enthusiastic civil servant, gets ready to write her first official memo. The only thing standing in her way are endless revisions, an impossible deadline, funding cutbacks and the ever-shifting world of government protocol. This original Common Boots creation played to sold out houses in both Ottawa and Toronto. (In association with GCTC and Nightwood Theatre respectively). 


by Sarah Ruhl
June 23, 2020, 7:00PM EST

Featuring the cast of the U of T Centre for Drama, theatre and Performance Studies, originally directed by William Dao in December 2019

Read by: Margaret Rose, Rick Roberts*, Jacob Kay, Stephanie Zeit,
Frosina Pejcinovska, Eiléanór O’Halloran, and Taranjot Bamrah
Stage Directions read by William Dao

Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters and ingenious plot twists, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

 * Permission to read for the blind and low vision community has been given generously by the playwrights and the initiative is in compliance with ACTRA COVID Response Initiative.

Actra Toronto Logo. Both words are capitalised and in white text. ACTRA is against a black background and Toronto is against a light blue background.
Balance for Blind Adults logo - features the text of the title with the B of Balance stylised to look like a heart and the rest of the word capitalised