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Royal Opera House production park tour

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I get a look around the set production park for the Royal Opera House

I must first make a small admission – I went on this tour mid-February, but time constraints meant I never got around to writing it up. This however will not detract from my review, for I can still clearly remember the scenes laid before me.

With that explained, let me tell you why I was there. I had travelled the 2 hours into Purfleet, Essex to arrive at 9:30 in the morning to give a talk on the importance of Arts Award advisors during their regional conference. It was held at the Royal Opera House Production Park,presumably due to its significance in the arts world, but possibly because they are a bridge organisation.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

The park itself is a 15-20 minute walk away from the station, and while I imagine it is enjoyable when sunny, that day it was bitterly cold, and I wasn’t too happy with having to be up so early the day after my birthday.

That point aside, the talk went well, and afterwards I was offered a tour around the production design set, newly built after having to relocate due to the Olympics. It was such an impressive building.

The huge warehouse is separated into two sections, one where the incredible backdrops are hand painted (yes, hand painted!) and one where the sets are build, again by hand, using clever engineering and wood. You can see by the attached pictures the sheer size of these things, but I don’t think you will be able to appreciate it until you go and see it for yourself.

Carpentry section

Carpentry section

Yep, you can go and see it for yourself, this tour wasn’t exclusive. If you and some friends can scrape the funds together, then you get to go on the tour and watch the amazingly talented artists create sets [http://www.roh.org.uk/visit/tours/thurrock-tours] for productions in the world famous Royal Opera House.

I also was informed that there are a lot of tickets selling incredibly cheaply because generous wealthy individuals sponsor tickets. If you are a student (with valid identification) you can sign up to be informed of special Student Standby tickets, which are only £10!! That can be a saving of £190!

My overall impressions of the Production Park were very favourable – I came away incredibly impressed, just from the sheer amount of effort and pride you can see the artists take in every single piece of a set. It was incredible to watch them work so studiously, and I felt somewhat envious that I lacked the same work ethic.

Definitely one to try and visit if you can!

 

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Tom Inniss

Tom is a journalist and feature writer with interests in politics, technology and culture. He currently works as the editor of Voice - an online magazine for young people interested in art and culture.

Tom Inniss Journalist and podcaster

Tom Inniss

Tom is a journalist and feature writer with interests in politics, technology and culture. He currently works as the editor of Voice - an online magazine for young people interested in art and culture.

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