Royal Opera House, from idea to stage

  • Roundhouse & The Place
  • Essex Book Festival at ARU
  • St Mary’s University

Roundhouse & The Place, The Essex Book Festival, and St. Mary’s University Twickenham Saturday Clubs were invited to the Royal Opera House for an access-all-areas theatre experience.  

Performance&Theatre and Writing&Talking Club members enjoyed a day of learning about the different job roles within theatre production. First, they were given the unique opportunity to watch the dress rehearsal set up for the Royal Opera House’s current production, Carmen.  

Next, they headed to the Clore Studio for an introductory talk on the various theatre disciplines, including stage design, lighting, stage management and costume design. 

Club members then chose which discipline they’d like to explore further and spent the afternoon gaining first-hand experience directing, stage managing, lighting and choosing costumes for scenes from Carmen. 

The day ended back in the auditorium to witness the set change for the evening performance of the production Madame Butterfly. 

“The Masterclass provided an exceptional opportunity for young people to find out about all aspects of ROH activity, with a special focus on backstage. This is not something that any of our young people had any knowledge or experience of prior to Saturday” – Club tutor 

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