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Toronto: DLT continues online theatre performances of Theatre On-Call into May

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Over the past 40 days, DLT has been running "Theatre On-Call", a festival of contemporary, interactive performances occurring over the phone and other digital platforms, a way of keeping connected during these uncertain times. The initiative allows audiences to still access live and intimate content from the comfort of their own homes. Due to the massive impact that Covid-19 has had on our industry, our Artistic Director, Daniele Bartolini, thought of an immediate response that could provide support to our core team of artists and that generates timely work to help us cope with this unprecedented time. We believe that Theatre On-Call can be an act of resistance done together as a community and with our audience.

While we are unable to connect physically during these times of social isolation, we can and will continue to connect with our voices. This is envisioned as a sort of counter-virus that spreads, generating artistic responses which connect and support audiences and artists alike. 

The festival is presented in association with Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Toronto and it involves our group of core artists at DLT, Raylene Turner, Melinda Mohammed, Rory de Browuer, Danya Buonastella, Vincent Leblanc Beaudoin and many other guest artists. 

Theatre On Call has now reached over hundreds of audiences and artists around the world, connecting them to one another; countries like Canada, The United States of America, The United Kingdom, Italy, India, Australia, Germany, Turkey, Hong Kong and more.

Performances are offered in English with special shows featured in French and Italian. DLT continues to collaborate with artists who are based in Canada, The States, Italy, and many more around the globe. We also have a new collaborative series of shows with Cubo Teatro, a company based in Turin, Italy.

Theatre On-Call is spreading and generates artistic responses and supports the two categories of people that immersive theatre brings together best: artists and audiences. In this difficult moment we still want to find ways of interacting with one another while confined to the spaces of our homes. Still being connected - making sure that voices are being heard and that dialogue is generated in this crucial moment of human history. 

Using DLT’s signature style of audience specific theatre we make our audiences a part of the narrative they experience elevating them as co-authors and co-performers of the different shows we present. Shows like The invisible City Episode 1 allow strangers to have meaningful conversations, others like The Invisible City episode 2 are structured with a mix of storytelling done by performers and direct audience participation in conversations and through dramaturgy created ad hoc for their participation.

The festival has been a labour of love, our small team is working enormously to make this festival possible. We’ve been running for over 40 days and feel that now we are at a crucial point to keep expanding it.

The festival runs with a PWYC basis, keeping the content accessible to the most. All the funds go directly to the artists and production team involved. 

Our full show line up is here: 

“Theatre On-Call” is a dynamic process that will be shaping organically as the days pass by, new events will be added to the line up. If you are interested in being a part of the conversation of shaping the festival please write to or


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