At the heart of Royal Opera House Thurrock is the impressive – and eco-friendly – Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop. This is where sets for the Royal Opera House are built by teams of highly-skilled Scenic artists, carpenters, draughtsman, and metalworkers. The area is also home to the Backstage Centre; a flagship national training centre for Creative and Cultural Skills.
Also on site are Grade II listed barns, from which it has delivered an education and community engagement programme for the local and wider community since 2006. Before this date the ROH Production Workshops were based in Beckton, East London.
Royal Opera House Thurrock’s education programme aims to inspire, support and develop the learning and creativity of people of all ages through their engagement with the Royal Opera House and to enrich the cultural life of the local community in Thurrock.
As of January 2013, over 40,000 people have joined in with ROH Thurrock activity since it opened. They have participated in activities ranging from schools projects to teacher training, from work-based learning to fully-staged community operas. People in Thurrock have both been able to watch special performances and gain a very special insight into the behind-the-scenes process. Between October 2008 and September 2011, the Royal Opera House delivered the Creative Partnerships programme across the Thames Gateway region, managing 120 school projects each year.
In April 2012, the Royal Opera House agreed to become a Bridge Organisation, working to connect children and young people to great art and culture across Essex, North Kent, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
If you want to find out more about the Royal Opera House Thurrock, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01708 891 200.
To find out about the work that goes into creating sets for the Royal Opera House productions, join our Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop Tour.
Directions to ROH Thurrock
High House Production Park, Vellacott Close (off London Road), Purfleet RM19 1AF
See map of High House Production Park
Note: Please do not reply solely on your sat nav to help you arrive, as the postcode alone can be unreliable on some sat navs. It is recommended that you print out the map and the directions to bring with you for reference.
Purfleet Railway Station is the nearest stop to the Production Park. It is located on the C2C Line, with trains leaving regularly from London Fenchurch Street and Southend Central Train Station. The High House Production Park is a 15-minute walk. Turn left out of the station and walk straight up the London Road, the High House is the large cream house on the left-hand side.
Take the M25 and leave the motorway at Junction 31. Then join the A1090 (Stone House Lane) towards Purfleet railway station. At the roundabout with Purfleet Bypass, continue on the A1090 (London Road) for about 300 yards until you see signposts for the High House site which is on your right.
If you are travelling by car from London on the A13, take the A1306 towards Purfleet and at the Stonehouse roundabout turn right onto the A1090. At the roundabout with Purfleet Bypass, continue on the A1090 (London Road) for about 300 yards until you see signposts for the High House site which is on your right.
The History of ROH Thurrock
Royal Opera House Thurrock was built in December 2010 when the previous Royal Opera House production facility had to be relocated from East London following London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
A partnership including Arts Council England East, East of England Development Agency, High House Community Group, National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural, Royal Opera House, Thurrock Borough Council and the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation has worked together since that time to establish a new Production Park for the Creative and Cultural Skills on a 14-acre site in Purfleet, Thurrock.
In December 2010, High House Production Park opened to the public. It is a unique development that seeks to create a cluster of creative and cultural enterprises drawn from the backstage, technical and live music sectors.
For images of before and after the production park was built, see the thumbnails below.