High above the surrounding rooftops, the enormous, purpose-built Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop is home to scenic painters, carpenters and metalworkers. Here they make the designers' visions into reality, creating the many different sets that appear in the ballets and operas performed on the stages of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
The neighbouring Costume Centre is home to more than 20,000 costumes from the current ROH repertory, as well as historic costumes, musical instruments and furniture from the archive collection.
Individuals can visit the Production Workshop for Inspiration Days, learn about the skills used in stage design and construction, take part in hands-on workshops and enjoy specially planned activities including:
– A tour of the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop and Costume Centre
– An exploration of design and backstage processes
– A hands-on practical workshop in a backstage craft.
Lunch is included within the cost of the ticket, and vegetarian and gluten-free diets can be catered for with notice.
Each Inspiration Day includes a practical workshop.
Friday 17 February – Make-up
Friday 2 June – Costume
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15 October 2015
The Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre in Purfleet is home to ROH costume makers, degree students, and over 20,000 costumes.