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Royal Opera House Design Challenge winners work displayed at Purfleet Station

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Designs on the line: Royal Opera House Design Challenge winners work displayed at Purfleet Station

THE Royal Opera House and local train operator Trenitalia c2c have teamed up to showcase the talents of students from across the country to local rail passengers.

The winning designs from this year’s Royal Opera House Design Challenge are being displayed on posters at Purfleet station, close to the ROH’s Thurrock base at High House Production Park, where they will be seen by thousands of commuters every day.

The subject of Design Challenge this year was Richard Strauss’ opera Salome. The four large posters show each of the winning entries in the following categories: Costume Design: Rosa Varlow from Richmond Upon Thames College, Marketing Strategy and Design: Eden Hedges from Sussex Downs College, Hair, Wigs and Make Up Design: Cheska Cavallaro from Greenhead College and Set Design and Director’s Choice Award: Elliot Lidgey from North Hertfordshire College.

Students from 36 Further Education colleges from all over the country took part in the Design Challenge 2018. The quality of work was consistently high and the judges from the Royal Opera House design and marketing teams spent a busy week judging the 69 finalists’ work.

Gabrielle Forster-Still, Head of Learning and Participation for the Royal Opera House in Thurrock said: ‘We are delighted that c2c agreed to display the designs from this year’s Design Challenge at Purfleet, the station closest to our Thurrock home at the High House Production Park. The designs of the talented young people who won the competition should certainly impress passengers.’

c2c’s Group Station Manager Lisa Hayter said: “The Royal Opera House’s home at the High House Production Park is a local landmark that you see from the train, and we’re delighted to play our part in helping to show off the winning designs from the Design Challenge to our passengers. It builds on the station’s role as a focal point for the local community, and these posters really brighten up the morning commute.”

To find out how to take part in the Royal Opera House Design Challenge in 2018/19, please go to


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