We have taken local young people from disadvantaged communities to some of the world’s top educational, cultural, heritage and performance venues.
This is not an exhaustive list, but take a look below at some of our highlights.
The Enter Centre
This is our own theatre! We have produced a wide range of professional and community-focused performances here. It has been transformed into everything from The North Pole to a battleground. This venue was originally built in 1907 for miners’ families as a place of congregation and youth learning. This vision lives on today!
As well as producing our own work here, The Enter Centre is also a favourite of visiting theatre companies and has been used by The Take Off Children’s Theatre Festival. We have hosted West End producers, orchestras and brass bands, exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures and talks, as well as rock bands, gospel choirs and folk artists.
We regularly host external workshop leaders and have welcomed the award-winning Ballet Lorent and other professional companies to our theatre and workshop space.
We have been performing here regularly since 2013. We have taken numerous productions to this great cathedral, including our own musical, The Young Person’s Guide to the Lindisfarne Gospels (coinciding with the Gospels being brought home to Durham), Jesus Christ Superstar (only the second ever full scale version granted permission to perform in a Cathedral) and we have been regular contributors to the annual Festival of Remembrance (even during Covid), the largest commemoration outside London. Our song, ‘Forever Song’ was performed here by over 1200 schoolchildren as part of the Commonwealth celebrations in 2019.
This is a home from home for Enter and the world famous open air museum regularly invites us to perform our work at venues right across the historic Museum site.
We were commissioned by the Durham Freemasons to provide a first-class dinner dance experience for over 1000 high-profile guests. It was a glorious evening enjoyed by all. We have become a firm favourite entertainment provider at such events.
hartlepool town hall theatre
Part of our 2016 tour of The Wind Road Boys, this was a sell out performance (as they all were on the tour) and we made some new friends.
We took over the whole of Bowes Museum for or Christmas Extravaganza, Ribbons and Bowes, which featured a range of high-class performances by a celebrated cast of 100 of our young performers.
We have performed here regularly at the invitation of the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham and The Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham Freemasons.
We are regularly requested to perform at an array of Rotary Clubs and we performed here in a wonderful, celebratory event.
heugh battery museum, hartlepool
As part of the national, 100 years commemorations, we were invited to take a concert version of our WW1 commemorative production, Honoured, to this iconic WW1 museum.
The ceremonial and political centre of Durham. We were invited to perform a Masquerade Ball concert by the Mayor of Durham.
the raddison, durham city
At the invitation of County Durham Community Foundation, we provided entertainment for an array of guests.
We are delighted that our cast of well-trained and well-prepared performers have been in high demand both in the public arena and in the private arena. We have been commissioned to provide choral and production services at a wide range of privately-owned estates and for a wide range of purposes from funerals, garden parties and birthday celebrations.
In 2013 we took our own musical, The Wind Road Boys, here and brought the house down. As well as the main production, we dedicated matinee performances to schools and over 1000 schoolchildren were able to experience their heritage in engaging song and stories.
We have performed here on two occasions. The first in 2014 for our original musical, Home Fires and again, in 2018 to perform for His Royal Highness King Letsie III of Lesotho and his consort Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso, as well as the Minister of Culture of Lesotho. This visit inspired us to write ‘Forever Song’ for Sentebale.
Hartlepool Borough Hall
Part of our ‘Over the Wire’ project, we took over the Hall and performed ‘Honoured’, a commemoration to the war dead and to the sacrifices made by ordinary families, during times of conflict. We also performed a special piece in honour of the Hartlepools Bombardment of December 1914. As part of this production, we conducted workshops in 25 primary schools (and over 2000 schoolchildren) across Hartlepool and selected 200 children to star with our professional performers and student cast.
assembly rooms, durham city
We performed excerpts of our productions here and have also been part of a range of meetings held at the venue to support the work of the theatre societies at Durham University. We have provided many University students opportunities to extend their skillset and expand their professional CV.
County Durham Community Foundation invited our award-winning choir to provide entertainment at their fundraising celebration event.
etherley methodist church
The church has seen a number of our concerts and productions staged in its wonderful hall. We have been able to provide performances and activities for the elderly and young people in this small and isolated community.
ushaw house and college
We were commissioned to perform here to promote the launch of Durham Lumiere 2019 in front of a gathering of V.I.Ps.
stanley civic hall
One of the theatres which hosted our Wind Road Boys tour of 2016.
This iconic venue (and the Everyman Theatre) has seen us perform on a number of occasions, most recently in our ‘touring exhibition’ of the life of WG (Bill) Farrell, the first resident warden who inspired artists such as Norman Cornish, Tom McGuinness and writers such as Sid Chaplin.
Excel Centre, Newton Aycliffe
We were invited to perform at the Awards Ceremony for Star Radio.
Palace Green, Durham City Centre
We performed a production of our WW1 musical ‘Home Fires’ for Chelsea pensioners and a gathering of military personnel, as well as the war journalist Kate Adie.
vast rage of churches / community venues
We have staged productions, concerts, singalongs, meet and greets and a wide range of other events at Community Centres such as Shotton Community Centre; Chilton Community Club; Easington Miner’s Welfare Hall; Bishop Auckland Methodist Church; Trimdon Community Centre; Spennymoor Town Hall; St Andrew’s Church, Bishop Auckland; St Hilda’s Church, Hartlepool; Dean Bank Literary Institute; Mainsforth Community Centre; Sherburn Village Hall, a wide range of primary schools across the UK, as well as local and regional care homes. We’ve even performed at a Mecca Bingo hall!
We have performed here on a number of occasions, both in Hall One and in Hall Two. Performances ranged from a full production (The Wind Road Boys 2016), to commissioned concerts (Tim Rice and Friends, 2015 and Freemasons 2017). We even took over Hall One and brought our students in to create a DVD special edition recording of The Wind Road Boys.
We have hired and performed at this Class A theatre on two occasions, both being to perform our own large-scale, self-penned musicals to full houses. In 2012, we performed the world-premiere of The Wind Road Boys here and we are delighted that The Wind Road Boys’ success at this inaugural performance has launched the touring and concert productions of The Wind Road Boys and it is still being performed today. The second occasion was for our production of Ebenezer Scrooge (2015), which included a cast of nearly 200 performers.
Green Howards Museum, Richmond
We were delighted to partner with this inspiring venue in beautiful Richmond, North Yorkshire. The partnership led to the creation of a range of learning resources for young people.
middlesbrough town Hall
We entered a UK-wide search for the best performance groups to support the world-famous singing quartet, Collabro. Out of thousands of groups, we were selected to perform alongside the national treasures, Collabro at this spectacular venue as part of their 2019 UK tour, The Road to the Royal Albert Hall.
theatre royal, newcastle
The Theatre Royal has helped us to host technical theatre work experience to some of our technical students. Coordinated through the award-winning New Adventures dance and theatre company, London.
phoenix theatre, blyth
One of the beautiful theatres we played on our 2016 tour of The Wind Road Boys.
Our professional cast brought the audience to their feet at the Durham 2029 MBF Festival Launch 2023.
We performed a range of heritage works at this fabulous museum.
The Playhouse Theatre, London
Alongside theatre director and producer, Graham Gabriel, we offered students work experience here on a number of occasions and one of our students was even offered a part in ‘Spamalot’ there, as Boris Johnson! The students met a number of celebrities and even interviewed local legend, Stephen Tomkinson.
We performed here on a number of occasions for the Musical Theatre International celebration of Children’s Theatre. It was a fabulous opportunity for our students who regularly came away with specialist awards from the event, including best performer and best ensemble.
We were specially commissioned by Musical Theatre International to launch their new licensed musical, Xanadu. We took the stage by storm and brought this enormous venue to its feet with applause.
national coal mining museum
We have partnered with the museum on high profile projects and performed concert versions of our original mining songs. Our students have participated in workshops and experiences including being taken down the only deep mine shaft in the UK, which is open to the public.
the lowry, manchester
Our student cast had the opportunity to perform here and enjoyed every minute. They were highly praised for their performance by a number of talent scouts and producers.
edinburgh festival fringe, edinburgh
We performed 11 sell-out performances of The Wind Road Boys at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014 with a cast of 42! We brought the Royal Mile to a standstill on our daily previews and were even interviewed on Black Diamond Radio, a station set up in honour of the coal miners of Scotland.
the menin gate, belgium
We were specially invited to perform two of our own, original songs (the first ever to do so) at the iconic, internationally-renowned memorial, The Menin Gate, Belgium. We sang as part of the regular Last Post commemoration, 2018 to a crowd of over 3000 people. The Menin Gate Last Post Committee invited us to return.
tyne cot, passchendaele
We received special permission to sing two songs to commemorate the fallen buried in this, the largest WW1 cemetery in the world. It’s named after the small cottages prevalent in Tyneside during the early 20th Century.
ploegsteert memorial, comines-warneton
This majestic memorial building was awe-inspiring and we received special permission to perform two of our songs, as well as others to honour the fallen.
The only cemetery in Belgium to host the war dead of the German forces. 15% of the German forces in WW1 were pulled out of school to fight. We honoured the memory of these young people (younger than many of our cast), in an unforgiving war, by (with special permission) singing Silent Night in German.
John McRae's (ESSEX) farm, Flanders
In Flander’s Fields poem recitals and songs, which were performed in the existing concrete bunkers used as hospital wards. This was particularly moving and it affected all who witnessed the performance.
St George's memorial church, Ieper (Ypres)
We held a public performance in this iconic church, used by soldiers passing through to war-torn areas. We received a stranding ovation and our cast of young people stayed to talk to locals about their experience.
Cloth Hall, Ieper (Ypres)
Our performers were in awe of the incredible acoustics in this building’s inner courtyard. Cloth Hall stands as a testament to the undying spirit of allies after it was bombed almost to the ground during WW1, but was restored later to its current glory.
talbot house, flanders
Talbot House’s garden and commemoration room at the top of the house were perfect, peaceful places in which to perform a number of our songs to a gathering public. Used as a place for wounded soldiers to recuperate, it was a poignant and peaceful setting in which to perform. Our performance was lauded by Trevor Purnell, author of Village Boys Still, who was so moved he asked us to perform the songs in his region.
Messines, IePER (Ypres)
Our students visited the Football Truce Fields at this historic location and sand Silent Night in both English and German.
On our tour, we were delighted to be presented to Dame Patricia Hawkins-Windsor MBE Knight of the Order of Leopold II and Mr Peter Hawkins. They had high praise indeed for the work Enter had been doing to keep the memory of the fallen alive among the youth of today. “How can we ever put into words the emotion we have witnessed today in this heartfelt performance. Thank you.”