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Family Sundays: Family Pride: Sunday 7 July 2019, 11.30am at Royal Opera House

Family Sundays

Discover more about opera, ballet and the Royal Opera House in fun-packed Sundays, ideal for all the family, with a range of exciting and creative activities.

Venue

Royal Opera House

Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Background

The Royal Opera House's first Pride Festival for families of all ages

We welcome families of all ages to a festival packed with pride at the Royal Opera House – a day that includes performances of specially-commissioned works, together with lots of singing, dancing and making. Step into our world on the day after the Pride in London parade to continue the festivities and celebrate the triumphs of the LGBTQ+ community. Join us to discover the worlds of opera and ballet. Take part, dress up, create and explore what Pride means to you. We’re grateful to our friends at Gendered Intelligence for their support in creating this event.

Watch

  • A Midsummer Daydream – Daniel Hay-Gordon leads a series of rainbow vignettes to transport you with fun, frivolity and fabulousness in celebration of Pride.
  • Trouser Power (new commission) – Celebrating gender fluidity in opera and highlighting iconic 'trouser roles', this piece draws together the most famous gender-crossing excerpts from the operatic repertory to create a playful and inclusive celebration of love and magic for all the family.
  • Penguins – This dance work, choreographed by Carlos Pons Guerra and directed by Paul McEneaney, tells the story of two male penguins who fall in love at Central Park Zoo in New York City. Penguins is a co-production between the Birmingham Rep, Cahoots NI and Prime Theatre.

Learn

  • Daniel Hay-Gordon speaks about gay icons from the worlds of opera and ballet
  • A panel of experts, hosted by Gendered Intelligence, discuss careers in the arts
  • Award-winning trans activist Charlie Craggs will be providing dazzling manicures that also offer opportunities for you to ask questions about her activism, in honest, open conversations

Listen to

  • Performances by all-female brass ensemble Bella Tromba
  • Drag Queen Story Hour: stories for children and their grown-ups read by Adam All and Apple Derrieres

Make

  • Upcycle ballet shoes from our performances into Rainbow Shoes with artist Christine Harewood
  • Create headpieces inspired by The Firebird with prop-maker Jane Jones
  • Play a starring role in a fantastic animation with film-maker Reza Ben-Gajra

Take Part

  • Transform yourself into all manner of characters and creatures as you try on costumes from Royal Opera House productions
  • Whether leading or following, show your moves at our biggest-ever, gender-neutral, family-friendly Tea Dance accompanied by a live band and led by Rachel Sparks

Come to the Royal Opera House and celebrate 50 years of Pride in London.

Thanks to

Generously supported by

The Paul Hamlyn Education Fund

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How to support the Royal Opera House

Tickets

You may only book up to six tickets per Sunday

Pride in London

This event is part of Pride in London, the UK’s biggest, most diverse Pride

Guided tours

Free guided tours run at specific times throughout the day, inviting you and your family to explore some hidden areas of the Royal Opera House. These tours can be booked in advance through the Event + Tour ticket option, subject to availability.

Please note

Suitable for all, from children aged 3 upwards

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times

If you also book a guided tour please be at the meeting point before the tour starts, as latecomers cannot join the tour