Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Frankenstein is coming to Thurrock on Wednesday

THE Royal Opera House has created a monster in Purfleet. The sets, scenery and some costumes for Liam Scarlett’s world premiere ballet, Frankenstein were created by the artists and craftspeople who work in the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop and Costume Centre at High House Production Park. On Wednesday 18 May, Thurrock audiences can see how they turned designer’s John Macfarlane’s vision into a reality as the ballet is shown as part of BP’s Big Screen.

A student dreams of creating life – and finds a way to do it, but without realizing the terrible consequences for himself and the woman he loves. Liam Scarlett is one of the world’s most in-demand young choreographers. Inspired by Mary Shelley’s Romantic and often misunderstood novel Frankenstein, his new work for The Royal Ballet draws out the themes of friendship and compassion and promises an atmospheric period setting and dancing to take the breath away.

Frankenstein will be beamed live from Covent Garden to the BP Big Screen in the orchard of the High House Production Park. Join Sadie Nine from BBC Essex on site for the first Big Screen ballet to be shown in Thurrock. Bring a picnic, a blanket or a deckchair and discover more about the production. There will be a make-up artist on site offering free gory makeovers: blood, scratches, cuts, bruises, everything to help you get in the mood. Local community groups will host stalls sharing information about the work they do, there will also be a barbeque and some free goodies.

The site will be open from 5pm for pre-performance activities, with the performance beginning at 7.30pm. There is ample free parking at the Production Park, and it is a 20-minute walk from Purfleet station.

To find out more about the BP Big Screens, visit www.roh.org.uk/bpbigscreens


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