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At the Theatre (Short Stories)

Suitable for: Adults

Sponsored by: The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

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Curtain up – let Degas and Renoir take you to the theatre! In this collection enjoy ballet and opera, show off in your best evening wear and size-up the other people in the audience. A brilliant insight into life, on and off stage, in the Parisian footlights.

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In the world of the theatre, to take a box was to show that one was privileged. It was expensive and only seated a few people. Sometimes, as in this painting, it was reserved for just two people. A further privilege was to be able to withdraw to the back of the box where they had complete privacy; or to sit at the front and see and be seen by the audience. In this painting Renoir portrays a man and a woman sitting in their box. The young woman sits in front with her hand, in which she is holding her opera glasses, resting on the plush covered ledge at the front of the box. She is looking out at the viewer of the painting, not down at the stage. Her escort is a bearded gentleman in full evening dress sitting further back in the shadows.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack or postcard pack.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

La Loge, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1874
Two Dancers on a Stage, Edgar Degas, 1874

What our members say

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Promotes good discussion around positive memories related to it. The subject of theatre is good to discuss as everyone usually has some positive memories related to it.
These two paintings transport the listeners to the world of theatre. They give the chance to re-live positive moments related to visiting the theatre and feel its atmosphere.
Guidance notes - did not use this time as we had a different format of our meeting. In general I find them very useful as they provide ideas for discussion and help make sessions more versatile. We discussed the members' experience of visiting the theatre and their favourite ballets.
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