From Puppy to Working Guide Dog

Experience Raising Stanley at the GREAT CANADIAN THEATRE COMPANY:
OPENS 26 July – 5 August, 2018                

Raising Stanley: The journey from puppy to working guide dog for the blind told through paintings and stories.

We offer a totally accessible experience for adults and children that both informs and entertains. Raising Stanley is a multi-disciplinary collaboration incorporating painting, storytelling, video and theatre. We include audio description of paintings, braille and large print labels and some performances will have an ASL interpreter. 

Karen Bailey, a visual artist, paints Stanley, a guide dog puppy, engaged in a multitude of activities that mirror his future working life. Kim Kilpatrick, a blind storyteller, performs stories of life with the four guide dogs she has handled, Gia, Margaret, Gwenny and Tulia. Melding the art forms together by utilizing video and audio description, we present Raising Stanley as an innovative experience.

Help us make Raising Stanley a model for accessibility in the arts. Please check our fundraising page to find out how you can ensure our show is a success.

Raising Stanley will be presented at the GREAT CANADIAN THEATRE COMPANY (GCTC), Ottawa, 26 July – 5 August, 2018 in their Black Box Theatre and Fritzi Gallery.
Director: Bronwyn Steinberg.

Stanley, a Yellow Lab with Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind was raised by Karen and her husband Iain.
 is an eight year old Black Lab and Kim’s fourth guide dog.

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Image: Karen Bailey, Stanley and the Water Bowl, Acrylic on canvas, 40.6 x 40.6cm, 2016