How to prepare children for the Out of the Box Experience

A live theatre experience can be life changing, particularly for children.

The guide below outlines tips to prepare children and their adults for the Out of the Box Festival experience. It also provides stimulus for reflection post Festival. We believe that by following these tips, you will feel more at ease amongst the Festival atmosphere and in a theatre setting.

Keep in mind, at Out of the Box Festival, traditional theatre etiquette is modified to suit our young attendees.

Prepare children for Out of the Box

Creative Learning Resources

Out of the Box Festival offers opportunities for children to engage in arts-rich experiences to explore and extend in-class literacy and learning. Teachers can deepen their student’s engagement with and experience of the Festival by talking to them about the different in-theatre experiences, workshops and activities before, during and after their day.

To help with this, the Out of the Box Festival team has prepared numerous Creative Learning Guides which link the in-theatre experiences, activities and workshops at the festival with the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum (Version 8). Key messages, learning activities and other resources are also included.

Resource Experience Type Event
Air Play - Download [pdf] In-theatre Air Play
Before, During, After - Download [pdf] Activity Before, During, After
Dance… Like No One is Watching - Download [pdf] Guide and Worksheet  Activity Dance… Like No One is Watching
Duck - Download [pdf] In-theatre Duck
Guru Dudu - Download [pdf] Workshop Guru Dudu
Here I Am | Self-Portraits - Download [pdf] Workshop Here I Am | Self-Portraits
Home - Download Available Soon Exhibition Home
Jarjums Life Museum - Download [pdf] Exhibition Jarjums Life Museum
King of the Kids - Download [pdf] In-theatre King of the Kids
Little Yawar - Download [pdf] Dance Circle and Other Activities Activity Little Yawar
Madame Lark - Download [pdf] In-theatre Madame Lark
Our Corka Bubs - Download [pdf] In-theatre Our Corka Bubs
Play Spaces - Download [pdf] Activity Play Spaces
Slapdash Galaxy - Download [pdf] In-theatre Slapdash Galaxy
The Arrival - Download [pdf] In-theatre The Arrival

Experience your performance

  • Discuss previous theatre experiences.
  • Discuss the roles of the audience and the actors.
  • Discuss how to behave during the performance.
  • Browse the Out of the Box Festival website and read about the different featured in-theatre experiences, workshops and activities.
  • Download any Creative Learning Guides applicable to your planned day and browse suggested learning experiences and activities you can do in preparation for your visit.
  • If you need any assistance during a performance such as to accompany a child outside, please speak to a QPAC staff member.
  • It's fine for children to talk quietly during the performance – they may need to discuss something that is happening at the time.
  • Applause is the way to show appreciation if you enjoyed the show.
  • Encourage children to think about their experience: Which part did they like or dislike? Which characters or people did they like or dislike? What were they feeling when they were watching the show – happy, sad or excited? Why?
  • Children have their own preferences and their ability to respond to new experiences can vary widely. Some children will respond immediately, whilst others may need more time.
  • Use open-ended questions for more than a yes or no answer: Which parts of the show do you remember? Which parts were funny? Which parts were scary? What were the names of the characters in the story? What is something you remember they did? Why do you think he or she did that?
  • It is quite common for young children to take away meanings or interpret events in ways that seem ‘incorrect’. Ask them ‘what’ questions to help recall the story and ‘why’ questions to help them think about the meaning of the story.
  • With older children you can move to how’ questions: How did they use music and lights to help the story? How did they portray the different characters?