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Royal Opera House to host two Inspiration Days in Thurrock

THE Royal Opera House is running two of its popular Inspiration Days on Friday 23 and Friday 30 September. These Inspiration Days are for anyone who is interested in the design and construction of costumes and how costume reflects character. They are part of Estuary 2016, the arts festival run by Metal Culture.

Rosie Blackshaw, costume logistics technician from the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre in Purfleet, leads the Costume Inspiration Days. The day focuses on a hands-on practical workshop exploring Wagner’s Rhinemaidens from the operas Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung. You can create your own ‘Thamesmaiden’ and design costumes for your water nymphs, making fabric samples to convey your design ideas and produce visual symbols for these River Guardians. Rosie will show you fabric manipulation techniques to age and distress costumes as well as some backstage secrets to create dramatic effects. The day also includes a tour of the Production Workshop where the sets and scenery for the stages at the Royal Opera House are made.

The Inspiration Days begin at 11am and end at 3pm. Spaces are limited and booking is essential. The cost including lunch is £25 or £20 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


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