More than 700 students from the Royal Opera House Thurrock Trailblazer schools recently visited the Thameside Theatre to see English Touring Opera’s (ETO) moving and thought provoking show called Paradise Planet.
ETO’s interactive opera Paradise Planet told stories of the ocean and the creatures that live beneath the waves and the adventures of humans who live on them.
It celebrated the awesome power of the ocean but showed that the animals are in danger. As the stories came together, the students discovered how they might save this magical world.
The performance used song, live musicians and sound-design wizardry to show children that they have the power to change the world. It highlighted the environmental damage humans are causing and how that affects even life deep in the oceans far from human beings.
11 Royal Opera House Thurrock Trailblazer schools brought students to see the show: Woodside Academy, Warren Primary, Treetops School, Thameside Primary, Kennington Primary Academy, Grays Convent High School, Ockendon Academy, Herringham Primary Academy, Lansdowne Primary Academy, Tilbury Pioneer Academy and Gateway Primary Free School. Mrs Burrows, Assistant Headteacher at Grays Convent School said: “The most moving and dramatic moment was when the animals in the ocean were engulfed in plastic bags.”
Connie Hicks and Aneeka Kahanom, two of her students, said they had both really enjoyed the show. Connie said: “I liked the interactive nature of it. It refreshed what we’d learnt in Geography and it made you realise that you can have an impact.”
Aneeka said: “It really showed the effect on our futures.”
Gabrielle Forster-Still, ROH Head of Learning and Participation in Thurrock said: “We are pleased to continue our Thurrock Trailblazer partnership with English Touring
Opera who combine high quality performance and musical prowess with educational and pedagogic impact. A wonderful example of how the Arts can inspire learning across the curriculum.”