4 June 2013 at 10.20am | Comment on this article
When you think of the Royal Opera House people naturally think of Covent Garden but in recent times Thurrock (on the River Thames to the East of London) has become another key location for the ROH. It's been two and a half years since ROH's Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop opened as the first element of the High House Production Park in Purfleet, alongside the wonderfully restored High House Farm buildings.
Since then the Workshop has produced scenery for Main Stage productions including epic scale stagings of Les Troyens and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and we're proud that when a finished production is in front of thousands at Covent Garden, it was 'made in Thurrock'. The High House Production Park has also been hugely successful in providing training for our apprentices.
We're now looking into whether we can increase our production operations at the High House Production Park by building a facility that would supplement our costume making operation within the Royal Opera House, and store costumes from both our current ballet and opera productions, and our historic collections.
We're hoping that, by working in partnership with others, we'll be able to establish the new building as hub for both for learning and training in costume, and for sharing knowledge with creative industries across the Eastern region about sustainable production and business practice.
This would add an exciting new element to the High House Production Park which, with the National Skills Academy's new Backstage Centre now fully operational and Acme's Artists' Studios due to open later in the summer, has firmly established itself as a vibrant centre for creative industries.
Take a look behind the scenes in Thurrock, and at our Costume Department in Covent Garden: