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Working behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House

In preparation for TheatreCraft 2014 careers fair, a selection of our favourite backstage films and resources.

By Lizzi Easterbrook (Former Content Producer (Learning and Participation))

16 October 2014 at 10.56am | Comment on this article

Tomorrow (Friday 17 October), the Royal Opera House is hosting TheatreCraft 2014, the best place to learn about careers ‘behind the scenes’ in the theatre.

From lighting to learning, puppet making to producing, there is an eclectic mix of roles in the arts sector open to people with different skills and experiences. Theatrecraft is designed to provide young people with a chance to learn more about the range of roles available and there will be practical advice about how to start and progress your career in the arts, as well as details of training and work experience opportunities.

We’ve pulled together some of our favourite films and resources to help you learn more about some of the roles available and the amazing things our staff get up to:

In our Opera Machine you can see how an opera really gets on – and watch a live performance of Wagner’s Die Walkure showing the stage management, flys, pyros and hydraulics teams in action.

Try the Opera Machine here.

Our timelapse set change film shows how we move sets backstage and introduces some of the brilliant people responsible for doing this every day. You can also watch how we move sets from our production workshop in Thurrock to the stage at the Royal Opera House.

Jay Francois-Campbell, a tailor based in the Royal Opera House's Men’s Tailoring workshop, talks about her role and how the costume department prepares for a new Season. She describes how they make the trickiest costumes and what production she is most looking forward to during 2014/15.

Read about the costume department here.

We've also included our film showing the making of the severed head for the opera Salome. The film highlights the incredible talent of our props team, and how important it is to get props perfect for a performance.

Finally, this feature shows off some of the trade secrets behind an accidental drowning in the final act of Berg's opera Wozzeck, including the health and safety considerations - and what happens when something goes wrong!

Read about the drowning scene in Wozzeck here.

We hope these resources give you a taste of just a few of the roles available in the arts and an insight into life behind the scenes. Don’t forget to check our Vacancies page to see whether there are any roles at the ROH suitable for you.

By Lizzi Easterbrook (Former Content Producer (Learning and Participation))

16 October 2014 at 10.56am

This article has been categorised Learning and tagged apprenticeship, Backstage, careers, careers fair, films, jobs, resources, TheatreCraft, training

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