A co-development with Ghost River Theatre
Written by Eric Rose and Christopher Duthie

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Saturday, Mar. 27 (2PM)
Wednesday, Mar. 31 (7PM)
Saturday, Apr. 3 (2PM)

Recommended for ages 9-12
Run Time: approx. 1 hour



A Funny, Delightful & Surprising Experience  

Explore the electric connection between our senses and the imagination with SensoryBox.

Be one of the first to experience this brand new fun, fascinating (and FREE!) tactile experiment! The adventure begins with a wrapped box delivered to your door (no peeking until the event!). On the day of your performance, you’ll tune into a livestream, pop on a blindfold (included), and begin your tactile trek along with an online audience of young people from across the GTA. In the comfort of your own home, and alongside the gentle guiding voices of the hosts, you’ll discover the mysterious contents of your box – and the pure fun of play!

SensoryBox is both a delightful exploration of the unknown and a comforting reframing of everyday items. The experience offers a sense of connectivity, discovery and delight from afar. By presenting objects to young viewers at home, we’re creating a bridge to the immediacy of live performance.

Here’s where you come in…

You’ll note that this special event is free (yes, free! – except for delivery of the box, if that’s the option you choose). It’s free because you’re a very important part of this exploration! SensoryBox is a brand new experiment so we’d love to know what you think. We’ll give you a couple options to provide your feedback – either online immediately following the performance or through a simple survey. You’ll receive more information before your event date.

A few notes…


Recommended for ages 9-12.
Participants must live within the GTA.
A reservation is required (maximum of 2 reservations per household).

How to Order

By PHONE: 416.862.2222 x2 – Leave us a voicemail with your name and phone number.
Please note: It may take up to 24 hours to receive a response via phone or email. The best way to secure your booking is by purchasing online.

Delivery Options

Free curbside pick up at Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front Street East, Toronto
OR delivery to your door (shipping charges apply). Options will be noted at check out.

Adult Supervision

Caregivers, please note that the package will include a list of the items in the box – for your eyes only!
We recommend that an adult be close by in case of any technical – or tactile – glitches.

Have more questions? Check out our SensoryBox FAQ.


“It is our intention to celebrate and examine our relationship to touch at this particular moment in time. We are experimenting with how visceral touch can be in a live performance and through an online medium.”
Eric Rose, Ghost River Theatre Artistic Director

About Shifting Stages:

SensoryBox is part of Shifting Stages – a brand new, curated program that redefines “the stage” in this time of social distancing, presenting works-in-progress that will be “performed” on alternate platforms ranging from radio and social media to text, VR and more.

Christopher Duthie


Christopher Duthie Christopher Duthie is a playwright, actor, educator and theatre creator. His plays and creations include A Dinner Party (Bad Knaps Theatre Collective; Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama Shortlist); Of Fighting Age with Col Cseke and David van Belle (High Performance Rodeo/Verb Theatre/Glenbow Museum) for Verb Theatre, Glenbow Museum, and the 2014 High Performance Rodeo; and n00b (Y-Stage Vertigo Theatre), which toured to YPT in 2014. Read more.

Eric Rose

Director and Co-Playwright

Eric Rose Eric Rose is an award-winning Canadian director, creator, playwright, deviser and educator. In 2012, he received the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Artist Award for his body of work as a theatrical innovator, spanning large-scale contemporary and classical theatre, site-specific and immersive performance, performance creation, devising theatre, new play development, physical theatre and dance.  His work is characterized by a striking audio-visual aesthetic that embraces the impossible; constantly reframing and rediscovering what theatre is and is capable of. Read more.

Emily Promise Allison



Emily Promise Allison is an artist and educator who uses alternative approaches to living by questioning conventional human behaviour. She studied Sculpture at the Glasgow School of Art and is a 2015 AUArts Sculpture Graduate with Distinction.

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