News & Events

Latest news from High House Production Park and our partners

Greenham Common Trust

April 11th, 2017

Greenham: War and Peace 10 four-meter silk banners have been created by Kinetika artistic director Ali Pretty together with the local community (including BBOWT, St Gabriel's School, former Peace Women, local war historians and numerous individuals) to capture and portray the many stories and events on the Common.

Thurrock Artists – CPD Opportunity!

March 27th, 2017

Opportunity for Thurrock Artists   June 12th – 17th 2017

  • To participate in SILK RIVER, a major arts project involving a cultural exchange between the UK and India.
  • To develop your artistic skills by participating in a 6 day silk batik workshop, led by us here at Kinetika.
  • To gain knowledge of your local community and their stories, and those of an India-linked partner, through the development of a silk batik scroll.

Over to you Dipika! – Elizabeth Lynch

January 26th, 2017

January 2017 The Backstory As I write now, I’m sitting outside the Jain Koti, home to the second residency this month at in Azimganj, Murshidabad. 15 artists and crafts people from West Bengal are here for 6 days to exchange skills and techniques with Kinetika...

10 Days in November – Ali Pretty

December 12th, 2016

Silk River is underway. Ali Pretty, Jacci Todd, (Kinetika UK) and Ruchira Das, Naireet Basak (Think Arts) took a ten-day journey along the banks of the Hooghly to hear stories from local people along the way. After a short tour of each place the team...

Business Administrator Recruitment

August 30th, 2016

        The Kinetika team have had an incredibly successful year so far with the completion of Thurrock 100 Stories 2016 and have secured funding for two major upcoming projects including ‘Silk River’  which celebrates links between India and the UK, and another which continues relationships with schools...

Arts Council announces funding for Silk River!

July 26th, 2016


Flag Painting Workshops 2016

May 10th, 2016

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Thurrock 100 Stories – 2016 Launched!

March 16th, 2016

Kinetika today visited Chadwell St Mary Primary School to launch its new creative community project, THURROCK 100 STORIES, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Arts Council England. The company is calling for local people of all ages to get involved in a variety of different...

All Change At Kinetika

March 3rd, 2016

This week we’ll be saying goodbye to someone who has contributed a huge amount to Kinetika over the past few years. Edwina Rigby, our much-loved Business and Project Manager, is stepping down from her full-time role with the company, although she will continue to be involved...

New skills, new horizons

February 8th, 2016

Two years after moving our studios from London to Thurrock, Kinetika is becoming more and more embedded in the community. We love our fantastic new workspace at High House Production Park, and it’s great to be part of a thriving creative community here. Of course...

Towards a National Prospectus for the Creative Economy in the South East

November 17th, 2015

This prospectus sets out a portfolio of sector-led initiatives to build a more self-sustaining, creative and cultural infrastructure in the South East. Led by the South East Creative Economy Network, it highlights the projects, programmes and partnerships that will make a difference.

Download the prospectus on the Creative & Cultural Skills website

High House Production Park Christmas Fair

November 13th, 2015

Join us on Friday 4th December, 4-9pm for the High House Production Park Christmas Fair.

Festive performances from the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus. Handmande gifts and Christmas goodies for sale. Food, drink and craft activities.

Find us here.

The Big Draw

October 19th, 2015

Sat 24 Oct  12.00 - 16.00

The Backstage Centre will be a hive of activity as the High House Production Park again hosts the Big Draw. The Royal Opera House, artists from the High House Studios, Thurrock Music Services and The Backstage Centre will all be taking part in this free event to offer everyone a great day of drawing and fun.

This year's Big Draw theme is ‘Every Drawing Tells a Story’ and to help offer inspiration for drawing, the High House Production Park is taking the beautiful ballet The Nutcracker as its focus. Everyone, young or old, beginner or expert, is invited to the Park for the free Big Draw event, to draw and learn more from skilled and experienced artists.  

There will be lots of activities in The Backstage Centre to get involved in: Design costumes with the Royal Opera House or even try a few on, draw a still-life of instruments while listening to music with Thurrock Music Services, see your work projected digitally by Backstage Centre technicians. 

Paper and pencils will be available in The Backstage Centre so everyone can just turn up and get drawing.  No previous experience or specialist skill is needed: simply come and put pencil to paper and see what you can draw. You can even gain an Arts Award too.

Grand Events will be running a pop-up cafe in The Backstage Centre or bring a picnic and enjoy the Walled Garden or the Orchard. There is plenty of free parking on site too.

The Big Draw returns to The Backstage Centre on 24 October

October 1st, 2015

Whether you love to draw or want or just want to give it a go, join us for The Big Draw on Saturday 24 October.

Last year hundreds of people flocked to High House Production Park to take part in The Big Draw - the world's biggest drawing festival.

We're delighted to announce that it will be returning on 24 October 2015.

The Backstage Centre and partners, including the Royal Opera House, Acme Studios, Thurrock Music Services and local artists, are joining forces to get people inspired by drawing. The day will feature interactive drawing activities, a costume workshop, drawing to music, exhibitions, plenty of free pencils and paper and much more.

The theme for this year's Big Draw is 'Every drawing tells a story'. The story we'll be focusing on at High House Production Park is 'The Nutcracker'.

The Big Draw is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can't!

Join us on Saturday 24 October from 12pm to 4pm.

The Royal Opera House is recruiting eight new apprentices

May 27th, 2015

Opportunities are available across our Backstage, technical, and Learning and Participation departments.

This year’s apprenticeships are:

Scenic Metalwork
Scenic Art
Scenic Carpentry
Sound and Audio-Visual
Technical Theatre
Learning and Participation Events
Ladies Costume Making
Costume Performance Support and Footwear

To find out more, please visit The deadline is Monday 1 June 2015.