Friday, February 3, 2023

Pupils Discover Backstage Skills at Production Workshop

PUPILS from Shaw Primary School had an opportunity to discover what happens at the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop recently when they visited the new state of the art building for a tour.

The Shaw Primary pupils toured the workshops discovering the secrets and skills behind creating large-scale sets for opera and ballet and also took part in a model box workshop led by set designer Rhys Jarman.

Teacher, Caron Barkins, who accompanied the children said: ‘The children were amazed at the size of the artwork painted on the back cloth hanging in the paint shop and were immediately challenged to think about how it was accomplished. They were also asked to spot the variety of methods used to produce effects for different scenery displayed around the area. Our tour was designed to improve the problem solving skills of more able pupils. It was an enormous success and highly motivating thanks to the talents of the presenting practitioners. These children will be using their new found skills to support the work of their fellow students who are writing an opera which will be performed at Shaw in July.’

Tours of the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop will begin from September 2011. If you would like to know more about the tours, please email


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