From 12-15 July 2017, the Royal Opera House celebrated its first ten years of working with communities across Thurrock with four days of activities for schools and families.
27 ROH Thurrock Trailblazer schools brought more than 600 students and 100 teachers to High House Production Park, the Royal Opera House’s home from home in Purfleet, Thurrock for opera and ballet magic, experiencing ROH Reimagined performances in which much-loved characters from popular works such as Alice in Wonderland, appeared in some unfamiliar guises. They also took part in activities that covered different aspects of the work of the ROH: workshops with the Scenic Artists, learning to sing extracts from La Boheme, dancing and making paper costumes.
‘Many of our pupils have never been to a theatre before or seen an opera, so this was a fantastic cultural opportunity. It also enabled pupils to see the many wonderful opportunities that the arts provide as possible career choices'
(Stephen Moon, Deputy Headteacher, Herringham Primary School)
The BP Big Screen was part of the tenth anniversary celebrations and Turandot proved a great success. Shown in the High House orchard on a beautiful summer evening, almost 600 people came to enjoy the wonderful music of Puccini’s dark fairy tale.
Saturday 15 July, 12-4pm
In a community day on Saturday 15th July, many local families visited the Park to see the reimagined performances, following Alice and the Mad Hatter around the Park to join the tea party and escape the Red Queen, taking part in the fire trial with Pamina and Tamino from The Magic Flute and dancing with all the characters in a spectacular finale. The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus where on hand for two singing workshops, and performed a wonderful selection of their current repertoire.