Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Come along to the Royal Opera House Inspiration Day

IF you have a passion for fashion, theatre and costume design, the Royal Opera House in Thurrock has a great opportunity for you.

On Friday 12 June, a special Inspiration Day with an emphasis on costume is taking place at the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop on High House Production Park in Purfleet.

This Inspiration Day offers participants a hands-on Costume Workshop with experienced costume designer and maker Amanda Hall. The workshop will be based on Gluck’s popular opera Orfeo ed Euridice, due to appear on the main stage at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden this autumn.

It will explore characterization through costume, analyzing visual stereotypes such as good and bad characters and defining visual clues that audiences might expect to see and read easily in their costumes.

No experience needed, just enthusiasm and an interest in finding out more about our costume department. Costumes from the Royal Opera House store in Thurrock will also be available on the day to handle and even try on..

The Inspiration Day also includes a tour of the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop to see the craftspeople at work and an opportunity to see some of the Royal Opera House’s many on-line and virtual resources about costume.

The Inspiration Day begins at 10.30am and ends at 3pm. Spaces are very limited and booking is essential. The cost including lunch is £30 or £25 for those under 18. If you would like more information, please either email or call 01708 891200. Bookings can be made directly with the Royal Opera House Box Office on 020 7304 4000 or online at

Inspiration Days and the public tours at the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop have proved extremely popular. Since the regular tour programme began running in 2012, more than 2000 people have caught a fascinating glimpse into the skills and talents of the many scenic painters, carpenters and metalworkers who work at the state-of-the-art workshop.

Inspiration Days have been running since 2013 and offer a more in-depth look at the behind the scenes work that goes into creating spectacular sets and beautiful scenery for the stages of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. For more details about Inspiration Days and public tours, please go to or email


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