Yesterday we had the exciting opportunity of exploring the newly refurbished Theatre Royal in Plymouth. The Theatre is opening its doors for FREE open days over the next couple of weeks and they have an extensive programme of events for all the family.
We love the theatre and go to shows when we can but yesterday’s visit was a chance to visit back stage and view behind the scenes of Swan Lake! We saw some beautiful costumes, props and scenery and had a chance to chat to staff about how things work ‘behind the curtains’. The children were wide-eyed as we went onto the stage and looked out at the auditorium. I wonder if they will ever be up on this stage again? Who knows…..
We took part in a treasure hunt which took us all over the theatre hunting for stamps that needed collecting. Our completed sheets were handed in and will be entered into a draw to win panto tickets. We are keeping our fingers crossed for this as Robin Hood looks like it has a great cast this year.
Other activities we took part in were making masks and crowns. This was a big hit with all the children. I have never seen so many sequins and feathers, we were in our element!
There was the opportunity to visit the make-up artists and have a gruesome scar to scare unsuspecting members of the public. We didn’t manage to do this as there was a big queue and we were all needing our lunch by this point. We did see lots of children with them though and they were scarily realistic.
I think the dressing up was Lily’s favourite. She was thrilled to try on a Japanese costume that had been worn during the Aladdin panto!
We made shadow puppets which was an activity that all the children were getting stuck into. We brought ours home with us and already have plans to make more so that we can put on a ‘Room on the Broom’ shadow puppet show.
There were various talks throughout the day including sessions explaining how the sound and lighting worked, a Q & A session with the Theatre’s Chief Executive and also a Q & A session from the Director of Creative Learning.
Also running throughout the day were drama and dance taster sessions. We couldn’t persuade our children to join in with this but most of the children taking part were quite a bit older than our two.
All in all it was a fantastic day, we had a lovely cup of coffee in the new cafe on the ground floor. I did think it was a shame they didn’t open the restaurant as I’m sure they missed out on a lot of income from this, had it been open.
Thanks to everyone at the Theatre Royal for arranging these open days. If you would like to visit I would highly recommend it and there is another one on Saturday 2nd November.