News & Events

Latest news from High House Production Park and our partners

Call for memories of The Royal Opera House

June 20th, 2017

The Royal Opera House celebrates ten years of working with communities across Thurrock in 2017 and it’s asking everyone to get involved.

The Royal Opera House Learning and Participation team is creating a special book of memories and reminiscences of the performances, projects and activities it has run over the last decade and it would love to include stories from as many people as possible.

Find out more about how to get involved.

The Bunting Challenge with The Royal Opera House

June 12th, 2017

The Royal Opera House Learning and Participation team at the High House Production Park are creating a long line of bunting to decorate the site for the forthcoming summer celebrations and they would like people across Thurrock to contribute pieces to make it a really fantastic display.

Find out more about how to get involved.

The Royal Opera House celebrates ten years in Thurrock

May 26th, 2017

It’s ten years since the Royal Opera House first came to Thurrock to begin work on its world-class production facilities in Purfleet, and celebrations are set to take place in July to mark this dynamic decade.

Find out when and where events are taking place.

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.