Grays School work with Opera House on Tilbury Tightrope designs

Royal Opera House Education in Thurrock has been working in partnership with Theatre Is on the forthcoming production Tilbury Tightrope which will be performed in the Port of Tilbury on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October at 7pm.

The Royal Opera House team has designed and created set and costumes for the show. Royal Opera House freelance designer Bernadette Roberts has been working with a group of ten young people from the Grays School Media Art College to produce the designs for the set and costumes. The young people first created models of their designs and the best ideas from these were then chosen by Bernadette, her team and the young people, to produce the final set for the show. The students have also helped to produce a series of props, signs and a giant floorcloth, which they painted in a single day under the supervision of Emma Troubridge, the Head Scenic Artist at the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop.

Tilbury Tightrope is based on the novel, Tightrope, by Gillian Cross, about a young carer who escapes at night into a world of gangs and graffiti. Theatre Is . . . has adapted it to have a special resonance for local audiences. The production involves local young people who have had the opportunity of working alongside professional artists.

The performance takes place in the iconic Port of Tilbury building. This is a rare occasion for people to see inside the building which has staged many events for family audiences and is always keen to work creatively with young people.

The Sunday performance will be a shared event between the Tilbury Tightrope and the Thurrock Community Chorus, which is run by Royal Opera House Education in Thurrock. With more than 70 regular members, the Thurrock Community Chorus works with a professional chorus director on a wide-ranging repertoire including opera choruses.

Tickets for Tilbury Tightrope are available from the Thameside Theatre Box Office on 0845 300 5264.

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