Visual Stories and Symbol Resources

Each of our theatres has an Access Champion who is dedicated to ensuring that your visit is as enjoyable as possible. They often develop Visual Stories for patrons on the autistic spectrum to improve their visit to the theatre. These Visual Stories are intended to help prepare any new visitors for the experience of visiting a theatre and to familiarise them with their surroundings. If you would like a copy please contact your theatre's Access Champion.


Our Access Champions will do their very best to help make your visit as successful as possible. If you would like to request an Orientation Visit around the theatre or have any other enquiries, please contact your theatre's Access Champion. 

Introduction to Pantomime

This resource explains in detail what you will encounter on your trip to the pantomime. Using symbols and text, it outlines what you will see in the theatre building, what will happen, and who you will meet. It also explains what the atmosphere is likely to be like at a pantomime, and describes what the production will be like, without going into detail about the characters or the story. Within these resources there is some information about audience reactions at a pantomime and how you can interact with the performers.

Download the full resources below: 

Going to the Pantomime - Summary 
Going to the Pantomime - Communication Cards 
Going to the Pantomime – flashcards, symbols only 
Going to the Pantomime – flashcards, symbols and text 
Going to the Pantomime – flashcards, text only

Introduction to Pantomime

Snow White

This resource tells the story of the pantomime of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, using symbols and text. It introduces the characters, using a symbol to represent each of them, and outlines the story of what happens to Snow White, the Queen, the Prince, and the others.

You can use this resource to familiarise your family or group with the story of the pantomime, before or during your visit to the theatre.

- Snow White plot synopsis Version 1
- Snow White plot synopsis Version 1 – flashcards, symbols only
- Snow White plot synopsis Version 1 – flashcards, symbols and text
- Snow White plot synopsis Version 1 – flashcards, text only

- Snow White plot synopsis Version 2
- Snow White plot synopsis Version 2 – flashcards, symbols only
- Snow White plot synopsis Version 2 – flashcards, symbols and text 
- Snow White plot synopsis Version 2 – flashcards, text only
 

Snow White

Cinderella

This resource tells the story of the pantomime of Cinderella, using symbols and text. It introduces the characters, using a symbol to represent each of them, and outlines the story of what happens to Cinderella, the Prince, the Ugly Sisters, and the others. 

You can use this resource to familiarise your family or group with the story of the pantomime, before or during your visit to the theatre.

- Cinderella plot synopsis Version 1
- Cinderella plot synopsis Version 1 – flashcards, symbols only
- Cinderella plot synopsis Version 1 – flashcards, symbols and text
- Cinderella plot synopsis Version 1 – flashcards, text only

- Cinderella plot synopsis Version 2
- Cinderella plot synopsis Version 2 – flashcards, symbols only
- Cinderella plot synopsis Version 2 – flashcards, symbols and text
- Cinderella plot synopsis Version 2 – flashcards, text only

Cinderella

Aladdin

This resource tells the story of the pantomime of Aladdin, using symbols and text. It introduces the characters, using a symbol to represent each of them, and outlines the story of what happens to Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Abanazar, and the others. 

You can use this resource to familiarise your family or group with the story of the pantomime, before or during your visit to the theatre.

- Aladdin plot synopsis Version 1
- Aladdin plot synopsis Version 1 – flashcards, symbols only
- Aladdin plot synopsis Version 1 – flashcards, symbols and text   
- Aladdin plot synopsis Version 1 – flashcards, text only 

- Aladdin plot synopsis Version 2 
- Aladdin plot synopsis Version 2 – flashcards, symbols only 
- Aladdin plot synopsis Version 2 – flashcards, symbols and text 
- Aladdin plot synopsis Version 2 – flashcards, text only 

Aladdin