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Celebrating 10 years at the Royal Opera House’s home from home in Thurrock

Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 July 2017

It’s been ten years since the Royal Opera House first began working with communities across Thurrock - preparing for the opening of our Scenic Workshops and Costume Centre - and celebrations are set to take place to mark this dynamic decade in July.

On Wednesday 12, Thursday 13 and Friday 14 Thurrock’s Trailblazer schools will be coming to High House Production Park for a day of opera and ballet magic, and on Friday evening, you can join us, free, to watch The Royal Opera’s Turandot, live from Covent Garden. Plus, on Saturday, bring along your friends and family to the site for an exciting, and totally free, Community Day.

Free BP Big Screening of Puccini's Turandot

Friday 14 July at 7.30pm

Gates open at 5pm. Please note, this is earlier than previously advertised due to enhanced security checks on entry.

Screened live from Covent Garden, ROH Thurrock’s BP Big Screen is Puccini’s final, wonderful opera Turandot, set in ancient Beijing and featuring the famous ‘Nessun dorma’.

Back for its 7th year, the free BP Big Screen always draws a crowd to enjoy fabulous music and beautiful performance in the glorious setting of the High House orchard. Bring a blanket, a picnic and your friends – and join us for an evening of opera at its best. Plus, get a free Digital Programme here.

Prior to the 7.30pm streaming, live from Covent Garden, we will be celebrating 10 years of the Royal Opera House’s work in Thurrock with films of some of our amazing projects; as well as a new film with live score from artist Hilary Powell, called Ring Cycle.

Starting at 6.25pm, Ring Cycle is an audio-visual symphony that transposes Wagner’s epic cast of gods and mortals into a contemporary Thameside landscape. From river maidens on Thames concrete barges to exiled gods and flaming shopping trolleys, an allegory of industrial capitalism occupies the fringes of London just inside its own ring of the M25.

This live scored film reveals Purfleet as a place where the toxic and angelic combine in a twenty-first century version of the sublime. Played by local sound artists, and accompanied by voices from the local community, a live soundtrack recreates the swoosh of wind turbines and the cries of birds to form a collaborative call of the wild and industrial, bringing the film and place to vivid life.

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So come early and enjoy even more on the big screen.

Please note: If the weather is bad, the screening will move indoors.

Free Community Day of activity in Thurrock

Saturday 15 July, 12-4pm

To celebrate ten years of the Royal Opera House’s home from home in Thurrock we have an exciting afternoon of performances and activities, including magical scenic artistry, singing and dancing!

Join us and some familiar characters, in some not-so-familiar guises, from much loved Royal Opera House productions; Where will Alice’s adventures take you? Will the Queen of the Night scare you or thrill you? Will Mimi and Rodolfo’s love story end happily? Step into the entrancing world of great operas and ballet and discover for yourself their passion, fun and timeless appeal. Plus, we’ll have a grand finale featuring our very own Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus.

Directions to Thurrock

High House Production Park, Vellacott Close (off London Road), Purfleet RM19 1AF

View a map of The High House Production Park here.

See further travel information here.

Thurrock Trailblazer

Thurrock Trailblazer is transforming cultural education in Thurrock. The programme will use involvement in the arts to inspire and engage young people, raise aspiration and improve educational attainment.

Community Chorus

Royal Opera House Thurrock offers local residents the opportunity to find their voice with the Community Chorus. The chorus meets weekly during term time and is open to anyone aged 8 and over.

BP Big Screens

Live, free outdoor relays from the Royal Opera House to the UK.