ren & the wake advisories

ren & the wake deals with content and performance elements that some folks may want to know about before seeing the show. Please read below for advisories. We are subject to instant improvement. Questions? Have an experience that doesn’t align with what you read below? Need more information? Please reach out:

Content Advisory: 

ren & the wake deals with the following content:

  • parental death
  • drinking
  • drugs
  • general existential contemplation and dread
  • gendered violence
  • murder including reference to death by hanging and death due to violence involving an axe
  • gun violence
  • reference to police
  • intergenerational trauma
  • brief reference to colonization
  • reference to true historical events, including WWII and the 1918 influenza epidemic, that closely mirror present day events
  • house fires

For details regarding the show’s content, including a more in-depth description of each advisory above, please email

Performance advisory:

ren & the wake includes the following:

  • loud music
  • surprising sudden sounds
  • dramatic reactions, including yelling, laughing, and crying
  • fog and haze
  • shifting lighting states (ie, low lighting to bright lighting)
  • food on stage
  • whimsy and magic
  • dramatic retelling of true events featuring characterizations of real historical people

For details regarding the show’s performance elements, including a more in-depth description of each advisory above, please email

COVID Considerations:

We ask audience please remain masked during the performance when not drinking (see beverage service below). Performers will be unmasked while performing.

We will have two (2) proof-of-vaccination performances. Please note: we will require proof of vaccination for all patrons for the 8pm performance on Tuesday, April 26 and the 2pm performance on Saturday, April 30. We do not require proof of vaccination for all other performances.

Please take care of yourself and each other. If you’re not feeling well, please let us know – we’ll happily exchange or refund your ticket. Please email

Finding the Theatre:

ren & the wake takes place in the Backstage Theatre at the ATB Financial Arts Barns at 10330 84 Avenue.

The Backstage Theatre is located in the back alley on the north side of the Arts Barns across from the High Level Street Car platform. The back alley is a mix of uneven concrete and low grade train tracks. If weather is unfavourable, concrete may be slick due to rain or snow.

Audience will gather in the alley way outside the Backstage Theatre to have their tickets scanned. Once scanned, Audience will enter the theatre through the large garage door.


The Backstage Theatre is wheelchair accessible with gender inclusive accessible washrooms.

ASL Interpretation:

The 8pm performance on Saturday, April 30 and the 8pm performance on Wednesday, May 4 will be ASL interpreted.


Seating is cabaret style with chairs and low tables. Chairs are moveable and an assortment of mismatched chairs with arms and without arms. Audience will sit in the centre of the room. The action of the performance takes place around the room. Audience capacity is approximately 40.

Beverage Service:

The bar will be open for approximately 20 minutes before the start of the performance. Audience are welcome to purchase alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic beverages. Beverages may be consumed during the show. Audience are asked to please replace their masks when not drinking.