Royal Opera thank the people of Thurrock

An open letter of thanks to the people of Thurrock

THE ROYAL Opera House would like to thank the people of Thurrock for their dedication, commitment and enthusiasm in creating with us The Purfleet Opera, Ludd and Isis to celebrate the opening of the new Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Work in Purfleet.

The production was a spectacular success and this is largely down to the generosity of spirit and time of the countless local people, young and old, who have contributed to the creation of the work over the last 15 months. It truly would not have happened without you.

We have been amazed and delighted by the response from the community. It has been a wonderful collaboration and we look forward to exciting times ahead in Thurrock.

The scenic painters and carpenters move into the Production Workshop in January and we will then continue to deliver an education programme there so that more people, local and from further afield, can discover the world-class backstage skills that create the sets and scenery for the Royal Opera House.

The National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Industries will open on site in 2012 and the third phase of development will see artists’ studios and small industrial units built to offer employment and opportunities for people in creative businesses.

It has been a pleasure getting to know you, our neighbours, and to be made to feel a part of your community. We look forward to many more opportunities to work with you in the future.

Matt Lane
Head of ROH Thurrock and Thames Gateway

Gabrielle Forster-Still
Education Manager – Thurrock

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