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Hot House brings Communities and Schools Together

Project will bring over 150 young people from across the country to form a company for this one off show.

By Stacey Kurtz (Former Learning Officer (Thurrock))

28 May 2012 at 1.14pm | Comment on this article

A Community Workshop to produce set and costumes for the Hot House production © Lesley Ford/ROH 2012

With designs now completed, work has begun to make the costumes, set and props for Hot House - an exciting community project bringing residents and schools together to create a new opera and dance work. Over the next two months, local groups and institutions will help to create everything from elaborate fire dancer costumes to enormous phoenix puppets for a Main Stage production. In all 150 people will come together to form a new national company.

The performance, which takes place on the 22 July as part of One Big Stage, is hotly anticipated and has already sold out.

The Royal Opera House in Thurrock is hosting 10 community workshops at the Woodview Campus of the South Essex College in Grays and running 30 workshops with local schools to enable schools and members of the community to develop the production. These workshops are energetic and productive, covering many different aspects of the production, from textiles and props, to costumes and the set.

The project will also see The Royal Opera House working with The Lowry and Hallé Youth Orchestra of Manchester, as well as Dance East's Centre for Advanced Training; based in Ipswich.

Most recently the costume team started creating the costumes for the Venetian market-goers, reworking costumes from retired Royal Opera House productions as well as adding their own embellishments.

Applying stencil designs to the costumes for the Hot House production © Lesley Ford/ROH 2012

In the print room, participants were busy sponging, splashing, and sweeping dyes onto the fabric that will be turned into the fire dancer costumes, while the set and prop enthusiasts created a mock-up of the phoenix puppet. This massive bird was quite a challenge as it needed to be flexible, mobile, light and durable, as well as large enough to fill the Royal Opera House stage!

A phoenix puppet created at a Community Workshop for the Hot House production © Lesley Ford/ROH 2012

If you're interested in getting involved in this exciting project email or phone 01708 891 200 for more information.

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