Last week, the Royal Opera House celebrated 10 years since it first opened its doors in Thurrock. Over the last decade, the Opera House’s Thurrock base has played a key part in the borough’s thriving arts and theatre scene.
From the start, the Royal Opera House has enjoyed close links with Thurrock’s schools, offering both curricular and extra-curricular activities through its ‘Cultural Entitlement Initiative’ in partnership with Thurrock Council. The scheme has reached over 8000 students so far, providing them with a lifetime of experiences and developing a love for the arts from a young age. Some students have even had the chance to perform on the Royal Opera House stage in London.
The Royal Opera House’s Thurrock base forms part of the High House Production Park, which offers brand new facilities for the creative industries and artists in the local area. It is also home to the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop and Costume Centre which is used to design, create, and build the sets and scenery used in Royal Opera House Productions.
In order to commemorate its first 10 years in Thurrock, a special book of memories from past performances, projects, and activities that have taken place in Thurrock over the last 10 years is being created. This will be available to view from the 12th to the 15th of July at the High House Production Park.
The Royal Opera House team is reaching out to the community and asking for people to share their memories and experiences in order to make the book extra special and bring the community together. If you have any information to share, please email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 3rd July.
The Royal Opera House is just one small part of the vast arts and theatre scene in Thurrock, for more information visit: http://www.teachinginthurrock.co.uk/living/arts-and-theatre/