2012 was an amazing year. We saw the arrival of our new premises, a timeless musical from our theatre creatives. Accessible workshops for children and parents, theatre trips, work experience, community support, and even an honour. Enter completed 25 major projects on top of the regular sessions we held for the community.
Arts Enabled Workshops.
Regular workshops for children and young people with diverse physical, mental and educational needs. Workshops include movement and yoga, music, role play, games and creative activities. Parents were allowed to participate so that they could learn from our experts and continue the work at home.
It became clear to us that there was nowhere for parents of children with disabilities to access regular support in arts and creative activities. We provided an inlet for parents to gain confidence in supporting their children’s creative development.
Fundraising Performances for local community and voluntary groups.
Art Mural for Ferryhill One Point Hub.
Our resident art teacher worked with a student from the Brooms PRU on a one to one basis as he was really interested in art and wanted to continue working after a recent Enter CIC workshop.
Art and Making Workshops.
Open community project to create art and discover more about painting, sculpture and crafts.
Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’.
We sent three teenage students with two chaperones to London to gain work experience in professional theatre. The staff at The Playhouse Theatre in London were amazing and allowed our students to help with the current production of Dreamboats and Petticoats, as well as prepare the theatre for the ‘get-in’ of Monty Python’s Camelot. The students chatted to local legend Stephen Tomkinson who was starring in the show and one of our students was even offered a part in the show itself, playing Boris Johnson!
Community Outreach project at Trimdon Station Community Centre. Music and art for the community.
Royal British Legion Performance.
A large group performance to raise money for the Royal British Legion.
Cooking and food preparation sessions for children to contribute to our Health and Wellbeing website developed for global use by children and families. Little Chef, Big Chef feature in this exciting resource we built and made public to benefit everyone. The digital resource went hand in hand with a wide range of other healthy workshops we ran across County Durham.
Our first foray into working with young people to create a fun and engaging environment exclusively for our elderly community. A great intergenerational hit, showing great talent and for a wonderful purpose – prevent older people feeling lonely and isolated and improving their mental and physical health and well-being.
Beamish Museum Christmas Concert.
A wonderful, winter wonderland of song and movement in traditional festive costume. Singing carols and some of our own songs in the Chapel and in and around the other public areas of the museum.
Charity Shoebox Appeal Support.
Our staff, students and volunteers help Ferryhill Methodist Church’s congregation transport hundreds of show coxes filled with toys for disadvantaged children in war-torn countries and displaced communities.
Christmas Party Time
A Christmas party for our students and volunteers to help celebrate and congratulate those who have worked hard to support their communities over the past year. We even got a special visit from one of the MetroGnomes!
For many of our young people, a collective celebration of achievement – in the form of a party – was the first opportunity they’d had to look back on their contribution and be recognised, celebrated and feel proud.
Theatrical Educational Visits.
We arranged a number of visits to theatres including Sunderland Empire, Darlington Civic and others. Shows young people experienced were Goodnight, Mr Tom, The Gruffalo and Swallows and Amazons.
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.
Through our industry contacts, some of our Upper School students gain technical theatre work experience placements on Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake production at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.
The Enter Centre Bulb Planting with Dean Bank Primary.
Dean Bank primary school and local councillor, Dave Farry, help to plant bulbs in our garden, which will brighten up the local area and give children an idea of how things grow. A wonderful green initiative.
A New Home.
After landscaping and renovations to make the building and grounds safe for use, we can finally move into our premises, The Old Ferryhill Baptist Church, renamed, The Enter Centre. We repurposed this unused church and invested our own money into making this a place fit for the community and all the exciting projects to come.
The Wind Road Boys.
We took over Sunderland Empire, an A Class theatre, for our first foray into writing our own musical, The Wind Road Boys, which has been a smash hit all over the UK. The performance featured 200 young people performing with inspiring professional performers. The performances were held at the inspirational Sunderland Empire, one of the great theatres anywhere in the UK. The performance received a 6 minute standing ovation.
The world-premiere of our original musical, The Wind Road Boys. Performed to over 1000 people who live in mining communities. It has been our most requested and commissioned production.
Sherbourne Technique Training.
Our staff and volunteers undergo extensive training in Sherbourne technique to support our diverse students. All receive qualification to work with young people and they put this experience and skill to use in our later workshops for parents and children.
Remembrance Day Parade.
We took part in the community Remembrance Day Parade through Ferryhill.
Sage Gateshead Recording
We recreated our own musical’s soundtrack in a professional, world-class recording studio – Sage One, Gateshead.
St Luke’s Christmas Service Performance.
St Luke’s Christmas Service Performance. A special evening of song performed by our young people and a whole host of Christmas celebration in a local community church.
Chairman’s Award Performance.
Enter received the Chairman’s Award from the Chairman of County Durham Council. The Mayor of County Durham was also in attendance for this special event to celebrate Enter’s work and impact in the community.
Methodist Church Family Service.
A delightful and inclusive church performance to bring together the community in a collective celebration of giving.
Mayoral Honour and Recognition
Enter CIC staff, volunteers and supporters were honoured by the Lady Mayoress of County Durham with a tour of County Hall, in Durham City.
Large group production of the timeless Christmas classic musical for young people. It contained a live youth band and was attended over a number of nights by proud parents (for many the first time they’d seen their child’s passion for performance on stage).
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