High House Production Park is the result of a colloboration between Arts Council England, East of England Development Agency, The National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural, Thurrock Council, Thurrock Development Corporation and the Royal Opera House. These agencies worked for several years to set up the High House Production Park which opened its doors in December 2010.
The 14 acre site based in Purfleet, Essex, is home to the Royal Opera House's Bob and Tamar Manoukain Set Production workshop where world class artists produce the sets and scenery required for the Royal Opera House's Covent Garden stage. The Royal Opera House's Thurrock based education team are also located on the site. The team provide insights into the creative skills required in all aspects of the Royal Opera House's work.
In September 2012 the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural will open the UK's first ever Backstage Training Centre. This facility will feature state of the art technology to teach students of all ages the skills required to excel in backstage careers for the theatre and live music sector.
The Production Park includes a collection of Grade II listed farm buildings. High House Farm is a much loved local heritage asset and inspired the High House Production Park name. Some of the High House Farm buildings are available to hire for social or professional functions. Use our contact us page for more details on hiring these spaces.
The next stage of development at the Production Park will see a block of 40 artists' studios constructed next to the Royal Opera House Workshop. We look forward to welcoming artists into the High House community shortly.
In 2011 High House Production Park Ltd transferred from the public sector into the charitable sector and is now led by a Board of Trustees. The Board are charged with delivering the charitable objectives of advancing education, fostering community development and cohesion and advancing the arts, heritage and culture.
These aims are at the heart of everything that we do. We want to;
For more information on any aspect of High House Production Park please complete the enquiry form on the contact us section and a member of the team will be happy to help.