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Relaxed Performance Resource Pack
Chalk About by Curious Seed
Date: Wednesday 2 March
Time: Arrive for 12.30pm, 1pm start
Venue: Hannah Playhouse, Wellington
For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Start in the playground, go anywhere Revel in the creativity of this highly inventive show for
children and their families where performers Christine and Niels take the old playground game of
making chalk outlines (children are invited to help) and turn it into a playful, funny and sometimes
moving look at how we fill in the outlines of each others identities
SOME OF THE MOST BRILLIANTLY IMAGINATIVE, HUMOROUS, TOUCHING THEATRE I HAVE SEEN THIS YEAR THE TIMES
What is this pack for?
This pack is to help prepare you for your trip to the theatre by giving you an idea of what is
going to happen in the show, introduce you to some of the characters and show you how you
can be involved, if you would like to be.
It will also give you a map of the theatre and where you can go to chill out during the show. We
will also explain where the bathrooms are.
How will it be different from a regular performance?
First we will leave the house lights on through the entire show. This means you will not be in
complete darkness at any time. We have done this so you as an audience can see what is
happening and if you want to move around or leave at any point throughout the show.
The sound and lighting effect will be toned down. We understand loud noises and sudden or
sharp changes in lighting can be surprising. Therefore we will make them gentler and less likely
to frighten or upset you. We will also let you know in this pack where they might happen.
For this performances, you will be able to choose where you sit. If you want to you can move
around too. You can even come and go from the theatre.
Usually during a theatre performance audience members are expected to be quiet. For this
show, you can talk if you would like to.
There are two performers in the show. Here is some information about them. In the play, they
are just themselves but sometimes skip and play like children, because that can be really fun.
Niels Weijer has a Swedish first name but he was actually born in The Netherlands and has only been to Sweden once. His favourite drink is coffee, he loves to drink it all day long. He has three brothers and one sister. He is the only dancer in the family. Niels is not a carpenter.
Christine Devaney was born in Glasgow. Her favourite food is fish, potatoes and green vegetables. She has a scar on her left knee and really loves dancing. She prefers pencils to pens. Christine is not an astronaut.
Chill out space
If you would like to chill out during the show, you can leave the theatre and sit on the couches or
on some of the bean bags. We have two chill out spaces set up for you. One is upstairs close to
the entrance to the theatre and one is downstairs in the foyer.
There will be some activities like colouring and drawing you can do too!
What happens when you arrive at the Hannah Playhouse?
When you arrive at the theatre, you will see the box office, where you will be checked off the SchoolFest list. You will then be taken upstairs. There is a lift too. Someone will be there to help you out.
You can sit down, or go to the bathroom or go to the chill out space in the foyer.
When the theatre doors open, you can go into the performance space and there you can
pick a seat. Remember, you can move around if you want to.
The show will start.
There might be a couple of times where you can do activities with the performers. You
dont have to if you dont want to. This are explained in the next part of this pack.
The show will finish
At the end of the show the cast will bow and you will go home.
This is a photograph of the main entrance of the Hannah Playhouse.
This is how you will first enter the theatre.
This is the box office
When you arrive at the theatre, you will see the box office, where you will be checked off the
SchoolFest list. You will then be taken upstairs. There is a lift too. Someone will be there to help you
Here is the door to the bathroom
Here is the entrance to the theatre.
You will watch the show inside
This is a photo of what inside the theatre looks like.
You can choose a seat wherever you like or if youre in a wheelchair we will help you find a
great spot to see the show from.
On the next page, you will find a detailed breakdown of the show. There are
pictures that will help to describe what the text is saying. There are some ACCESS
NOTES in there that will indicate where there might be some loud sounds or
where the performers will interact with the audience.
If you have any questions about this or anything above, feel free to contact Tom
Noble at New Zealand Festival on 04 473 0149.
Christine and Niels are on the stage
drawing with chalk. They will ask a few
members from the audience to come and
draw with them.
ACCESS NOTE: If they ask you to help and
you dont want to, thats ok.
Music starts and Christine and Niels start
dancing. They start practising a dance
routine but cant quite get it right. They
decide to come back and practise later.
NOTE: Niels will look different to the man in these photos.
Christine and Niels start talking to the
audience. They talk about how they talked
to lots of children to get ideas for a new
show. Theyre really funny.
ACCESS NOTE: Christine and Niels will say
hello to the audience and some will say
hello back. You can say hello too if you
want to. If you dont, you can wave to say
hello too. Not doing anything is also totally
Christine and Niels then start acting out
the childrens ideas for shows. They
pretend to be lots of things like big
dinosaurs, the Queen, Beyonce, fighters,
swimmers in a big pool and sharks. Once
they finish pretending, they tell the
audience the rest of the show will be
different to that.
ACCESS NOTE: Christine and Niels will
make lots of loud noises and screams in
this part. They will also pretend to be
pretty scary things like dinosaurs, zombies
and bid explosions. They pretend to die
really slowly but its ok because they come
back to life!
If you want to, you can close your eyes or
block your ears during this part, thats
totally ok! You can ask your parent or carer
to tell you when this part is over.
Niels starts to draw Christine in chalk. He
draws a few different body parts which
you might think are a little rude but you
also might also think its quite funny.
Christine then starts to tell us all about her
life. She talks about her favourite foods
and where she is from. Then Christine and
Niels do a dance and talk about their
Christine and Niels do a dance that
involves lots of everyday actions like
waving and praying. They do them
very quickly to music so its like a
Niels then comes and asks some
questions to the audience while
Christine dresses him up in a paper
Here are the questions Niels will ask.
ACCESS NOTE: Some people in the audience will
answer the questions by calling out. You dont
have to answer them if you dont want to. If you
like, pre-prepare your answer on a piece of paper
and you can give it to Niels after he asks!
1. Do you think I look like I come from Russia? Do you think I look like I come from
2. Do I look like a good man? And now? (he will ask this after his costume changes)
3. Would you say I am 26 or 37 years old?
4. Do you think I have a girlfriend?
5. Do you think I have a boyfriend?
6. Do I look single? And now? (he will ask this after his costume changes)
7. Do I look mean?
8. Do you think I believe in Jesus? Allah? Buddha? Facebook?
9. Katie Perry, Metallica or classical music?
10. Do I sleep naked or with pajamas?
11. Do I look like the type of person who goes to all you can eat buffets?
12. Do you think I had a good childhood?
13. Do I look Scottish? Why?
14. What do I look like?
ACCESS NOTE: Sometimes they will
do lots of shushing sounds. They are
just dancing, they are not asking you
to be quiet.
Christine and Niels then do another
dance to some music.
ACCESS NOTE: This music is a little
bit louder than usual. If you want to,
you can block your ears.
Christine also lifts up a big sheet that
looks like a cloud. The cloud floats
over the top of the stage.
Niels starts to tell a story in another
language (so dont worry if you dont
understand him). He is telling a story
about his past and his family.
Christine starts bringing out some
paper puppets that are attached to
balloons so they float!
Christine and Niels then bring out some