Victoria Palace Theatre Visual Story
This visual story is intended for children and young adults to help them prepare for a new experience and to help them become familiar with the new surroundings.
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© Mary Malone for Victoria Palace Theatre 2011
Welcome to the Victoria Palace Theatre, where you will be seeing the show called Billy Elliot.
If you don’t already have your tickets with you, you will need to collect your tickets when you get to the Theatre. The place where you get the tickets is called the Box Office, which is a very funny name as it doesn’t look like a box.
Sometimes there might be a lot of other people who want to collect their tickets, so you might need to wait in a queue. This is ok as everyone knows that they need to wait for their turn.
In the Theatre there is a big room where you will watch the show. This is called the Auditorium.
There will be lots of other people in the auditorium to watch the show too. Everyone will have their own seat to sit in. The numbers on your ticket will tell you which seat is yours. When the show starts the lights will go out and it will be a bit darker. Everyone will need to try to be quiet and to sit still. Some people will make some noise but this is nothing to worry about.
Seeing a show at a theatre is a little like watching television but the people in the show are right there on stage. They are called actors. Billy Elliot is a special type of show called a musical, where the actors will tell a story by talking, singing and dancing.
After a song or at the end of a scene some people might clap. Clapping is good because it tells the actors that you are enjoying their show. If you want to clap, you can but you don’t have to if you don’t want to. If the clapping is too loud you can cover your ears.
Even though watching the show might sometimes be quite loud and feel a bit scary, it is good to remember that none of the noise can hurt you. 5
During the show you might hear the actors say something funny or make a joke. You can laugh if you like.
During the show you might see something that makes you feel sad. That’s OK.
Sometimes in the show, the actors might shout at each other or get cross. There is no need to be scared, as this is just part of the show. If it gets too loud then you can cover your ears. 6
When you are in the Theatre you will see lots of ushers in a uniform that says Billy Elliot. They work for the Theatre and they are here to help you. They will also tear your ticket and tell you which way to go inside. If you have any questions, then you can ask them.
If you need to go to the toilet then look out for the signs, or you could ask an usher for directions.
If the show is too noisy for you, and you would like to take a little break, you can come out and sit in one of our bars for a bit of quiet time.
In the middle of the show we will have a break. This break is called the interval and it will last for 20 minutes. During the interval people will get up from their seats to go and get a drink or an ice cream or to go to the toilet. If you want to you can go too, but if not it is OK to stay in your seat.
After the interval, everyone will come back and sit down in their seats again. It will get darker and quieter again, just like it did at the start of the show. The actors will come back onto stage to finish telling the story of Billy Elliot.
At the end of the show, all the actors will come out on stage. This is called a curtain call. Everyone will clap so that the actors know how much they liked the show. Sometimes people will stand up and clap. If you want to, you can clap as well, but you don’t have to. If the clapping is too loud you can cover your ears.