24 June 2015 at 5.26pm | Comment on this article
You’d expect a theatre such as the Royal Opera House to have costume and prop-making departments, make-up teams and scenery workshops – but an Armoury?!
The Armoury team makes and maintains on stage weaponry for both The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, as well as ensuring all artists are fully trained in its safe use.
‘As a member of the Armoury Department you need to be able to turn your hand to a vast number of skills’, says Assistant Head Armourer Zoe Phillips. ‘At the moment the main show we’re working on is Guillaume Tell. Currently I’m creating the crossbows but orchestrating the armoury for the whole performance too. We have over seventy people to kit out with armoury. That will include individual items like belts and holsters, down to guns and rifles. We also have blank firing guns in the performance.’
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