English Touring Opera Laika the Spacedog blazes a trail through Thurrock schools

ROYAL Opera House Thurrock Trailblazer schools attended the Thameside Theatre in force during the week beginning 13th June to see English Touring Opera’s production of Laika the Spacedog.

Almost 1500 children and school staff packed the Thameside Theatre to see the brand new opera for children and families, which tells the story of the Soviet dog Laika, the first animal to orbit the Earth, through music, puppetry and filmed animation. 21 schools from across Thurrock attended five performances of the show and learnt about how the stray dog was rescued from the streets of Moscow to become a space traveller.

The show linked in with schools’ science topics and also introduced them to opera. Karina Latham from Gable Hall School said: “This has given them an opportunity to see something different and open their eyes to another form of theatre.”

Aveley Primary School said: “It was great! The children could all follow the story though it was all sung. Very educational. It gave the children a great knowledge of the ‘Space Race’.”

Mark Allinson, Arts Manager at the Thameside Theatre said: ‘“We were thrilled to welcome Laika The Spacedog to the Thameside. There is nothing quite like having 1500 excited children visit, to brighten up a rainy day. It was great to see a show that brought recent history to life, mixing opera and puppetry, comedy and tragedy, love and loss. We hope the children enjoyed it as much as we did.”

The Thurrock Trailblazer programme offers access to high quality arts and cultural activities that can support and develop the curriculum within schools. It is currently working with 28 Thurrock schools and recruiting for 2016/17.

To find out more about the Thurrock Trailblazer programme, please go to www.roh.org.uk/trailblazer or email Thurrock.trailblazer@roh.org.uk

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