LESSONS IN TEMPERAMENT
Presented in partnership with Outside the march, TO Live, The Rose Theatre, The Stratford Festival, Crows Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille
The story of four neurodiverse brothers, Lessons in Temperament is a cinematic escape into the art and science of piano tuning and the precarious landscapes of the mind. An instrument goes out of tune whether or not anyone plays it – something that musician, theatre-maker, and Soulpepper Academy Graduate James Smith knows all too well. So, after months of being unemployed during the pandemic, he decides that he will spend his lockdown visiting shuttered theatres and doing what he can to keep their pianos in tune. This ritual soon unlocks James’ own search for balance, growing up as one of four brothers living with obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
This is a charitable screening of the film Lessons In Temperament, held LIVE in the theatre at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, one of the locations James visited to tune a piano. All proceeds of the one night only event will go to Kerry’s Place, Canada’s largest service provider to families with children, adolescents, and adults, with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Trigger Warning: This film deals with conversations around mental health crises, suicide, violence, and homelessness. There is the occasional use of adult language.
A memoir of minds gone out of tune- The New York Times
Intimate, deeply felt and poignant.- NOW Magazine
Soulpepper and the Young Centre for the Performing Arts have been awarded the Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council. This international symbol is designed to allow travellers to recognize companies around the world which have adopted health and hygiene safety measures that ensure patron experiences are safe.
- Full Vaccination: In compliance with Mandatory Provincial Requirements, proof of full vaccination (two doses plus 14 days) will be required for attendance by all patrons, artists, and staff.
- Face Masks: Patrons and staff will be required to wear masks at all times. Staff will be equipped with masks to keep patrons safe.
- Reduced Contact: As much as possible, interactions between staff and patrons will be contactless. This includes ticket scanning, box office transactions, and health screenings.
- Physical Distancing: Seating is to be set in pods to maintain physical distance between parties.
- Sanitation: Hand sanitizing stations will be available. All high-touch surfaces will be sanitized both prior to and following each performance.
Please do not attend if you have a fever or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending, or if you have had close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19. The City of Toronto's current Public Health regulations must be followed.