06/2022: Platinum Party for over 60s residents in Windlestone and Chilton.
06/2022: Platinum Tea Party for over 60s in Ferryhill. Included light refreshments, real crockery, antique cutlery.
05/2022: A Royal Night Out. Cinema event for the over 60s with light refreshments and popcorn!
04/2022: Easter Parade – very young children. A splash of art and a pinch of creative costumes as well as a sprinkle of catwalk creativity…not forgetting the healthy snacks!
19/02/2022: Enter CIC open the 1950s Front Street at Beamish Museum’s 1950s Town with a trip down memory lane outdoor performance.
06/02/2022: Enter CIC was asked by the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham to create a video for the Platinum Jubilee. We did and the video was sent to the queen who enjoyed it thoroughly.
12/2021: The Elves and the Shoemaker.
11/2021: Festival of Remembrance 2021 event at Durham Cathedral. Some of our ex- and current -students sand to great applause both in daytime rehearsals and during the final evening performance.
11/2021: Community Remembrance Immersive Event. The Enter Centre was awash with pride and stunning visuals as well as live action in an immersive and engaging multimedia and live performance production.
08/2021: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Children’s Theatre Dining Experience. The project is inspired by the much loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory story. Specifically designed for children from 4-11 years of age. Children will step inside our immersive theatre environment to find themselves inside Mr Wonka’s sweetie factory. Families will be allocated themed dining areas and treated to a live theatre performance where they will help magical characters and mascots help Charlie and Mr Wonka solve puzzles designed to turn the sweetie factory into a healthy eating environment fit for today’s society. Guaranteed fun, food, physical activity and prizes. In addition access to a specially designed online resource to keep the fun going when you return home.
05/2021: Fun and Food May Half Term. This was an exciting and engaging project using characters and games to educate young people on the origins of fruit and vegetables and how to get the best out of everyday foods to make delicious and healthy meals.
03/2021: Fun and Food Easter. Peter Rabbit’s Magical Easter Experience contained a host of outdoor and open-tent-based activities for young people to help educate them on how to prepare their own food, with delicious and healthy recipes.
02/2021: Creative Magazine. After nearly a year of lockdown and social distancing, Enter decided to create a magazine that could be accessed by young people and families online and included lots of activities to combat the sense of isolation and anxiety that Covid was producing in communities.
12/2020: Virtual Carol Concert. With no Shoebox Appeal this year due to Covid, we took some special videos to the community so they could see the good work done by others in the community and also enjoy a traditional and modern choral singalong.
12/2020: Santa’s Magical Experience (Covid-secure). Outdoors Santa Magical Experience which followed government guidelines and ensured that young children of our community got to celebrate Christmas as usual, with Elves, Santa and a host of magical characters.
11/2020: Festival of Remembrance 2020 – Livestream. World First Virtual (Livestreamed) Remembrance Festival at Durham Cathedral. Our young people performed an original poem, penned by Enter creatives, as well as other poignant poems to commemorate VE Day and VJ Day.
11/2020: Garden of Remembrance. We added white crosses to our garden, projected onto our building and installed a gigantic poppy on our large, showcase window to commemorate lives lost and soldiers still serving in our armed forces.
08/2020: Pirate Summer School Pantomime. Covid Secure Summer Pantomime. Again, not to be held back by a mere pandemic, Enter created a socially distanced, safe and entertaining summer pantomime like no other!
04/2020: Enter CIC – VE Day Videos. 33 specially-created individual performance videos which reached over 30,000 people on YouTube. The pandemic and first lockdown meant our young people could not meet up, so we ran workshops online and created 33 videos to celebrate VE Day.
17/12/2019: Charity Shoe Box Appeal Support. The eighth of a host of regular, annual support events for the community. A local church, which runs a shoe box appeal all year, invites us to help them back the hundreds of boxes needed to be sent to children across the world who won’t, otherwise, get a Christmas present.
12/2019: Santa’s Magical Experience. The sensational seventh instalment of our annual Santa’s Magical Experience. Children come with families to experience a performance, and an interactive tour of Santa’s Workshop and see Santa. Each child gets a present that fits their needs and Santa even speaks to them personally (as parents send on the child’s ‘good/naughty’ status as well as the wonderful things they may have done for the family and any hopes and dreams they have).
11/2019: Lumiere Sponsors’ Dinner Performance – Ushaw Historic House. Enter CIC was specially invited to perform at the sponsors’ dinner in the incredible setting of Ushaw Historic House. An evening of song, poems and scenes made this an unforgettable event and a great launch event for the Lumiere 2019 festival of light.
11/2019: Shotton Hall Remembrance. Shotton Hall performance for Remembrance, which was performed by a large cast. A poignant and moving experience for all who attended.
10/2019: Shutdown. A Social Media Wellbeing project. Working with children in the local community as well as our own students, we created an original performance using young person-led research and improvisation which brought together a performance which they performed to their parents and carers, showing how much they understood about the impact of social media on young people’s (and families’) well-being.
10/2019: Settle North. A major Heritage project looking at the impact the Spennymoor Settlement and its warden, Bill Farrell had on the fortunes, not only of the characters who attended (Norman Cornish and Sid Chaplin), but of the community at large.
09/2019: Project Without Equal Award. We were awarded the Durham County Council’s Project Without Equal award for our project The Gaiety Afternoons, which supports the elderly in isolated communities.
15/09/2019: Britain’s Got Talent Auditions. Enter students decided they wanted to audition for Britain’s Got Talent. They attended the local auditions in Durham and got through to the next round in Manchester. After the Manchester auditions they got through to the London auditions, but Covid put a stop to things going to the next stage.
10/08/2019: Summer School – Legally Blonde. Our annual summer schools are almost an institution in the community and we had a blast as Elle Woods proves that she has brains as well as stunning taste in clothes.
06/2019: MTI: Xanadu. We were one of only three groups internationally that were asked to create a special performance for the event, held at the ICC in Birmingham. We performed two musical pieces from the new musical of Xanadu. We also won the National Winners award for The Achievement in Dance Award.
03/2019: Collabro Performance. Enter CIC beat thousands of groups and choirs across the country to win a place singing with Collabro, the Britain’s Got Talent winners 2014, at Middlesbrough Town Hall.
03/2019: Commonwealth Day Performance – Durham Cathedral. As well as taking our original composition, Forever Song, written by us to commemorate the visit of King Letsie III to Durham, we gave the song to 12,000 children in 53 schools and each school worked to sing the song at Durham Cathedral. It was a packed event with up to 1500 children and teachers and performers all taking part.
01/2019: The Gaiety Afternoons. These now well-established monthly afternoon events are a boon to the elderly community and all its participants have gained confidence, discovered new friends and have a new outlook on life.
12/2018: Santa’s Magical Experience. The super sixth instalment of our annual Santa’s Magical Experience. Children come with families to experience a performance, and an interactive tour of Santa’s Workshop and see Santa. Each child gets a present that fits their needs and Santa even speaks to them personally (as parents send on the child’s ‘good/naughty’ status as well as the wonderful things they may have done for the family and any hopes and dreams they have).
12/2018: Olde Time Yuletide. Gaiety Event for Christmas for the over 60s.
12/2018: Charity Shoe Box Appeal Support. The seventh of a host of regular, annual support events for the community. A local church, which runs a shoe box appeal all year, invites us to help them back the hundreds of boxes needed to be sent to children across the world who won’t, otherwise, get a Christmas present.Civic Carol Service Performance. A carol service for the community featuring Enter students past and present.
10/12/2018: Civic Carol Service Performance. A carol service for the community featuring Enter students past and present.
11/2018: Festival of Remembrance 2018 – Durham Cathedral. We performed extracts from our own songs and poems to great applause as a final commemoration to those who lost their lives 100 years ago in the First World War.
11/2018: Ferryhill Remembrance Service. Another outing to the Ferryhill Remembrance Service where we are proud to represent many of children and young people of our community in remembering those who have given their lives in conflict, and those who continue to give in war zones and peace-keeping missions throughout the world.
10/2018: Songs for Veterans (Care Homes, Hartlepool). We toured a number of care homes in Hartlepool and spoke to veterans of Dunkirk and other conflicts of WW2. It was a privilege to hear their stories and listen to the incredibly daring and brave lives they lived during the war.
10/2018: Over the Wire – Heritage. We performed extracts of a new work, Honoured, created for the commemoration of World War One. We worked with 10,000 school children across Hartlepool and took a great many, with our own students, to the gigantic Borough Hall on the Headland in Hartlepool. Over two nights and two full to the rafters performances, we brought a sense of pride in the children of Hartlepool; the sacrifices made by their community 100 years ago during the Bombing of the Hartlepools. There was not a dry eye in the house and there was a lengthy standing ovation on both nights.
10/2018: Bishop Auckland Methodist Church Performance. A very special event that brought song, dance, stories and poems to a grateful community.
10/2018: Home Fires – Trimdon Festival. We took our now-established and community-favourite production, Home Fires to a full house at Trimdon Festival. There was laughter, tears and a special standing ovation led by the Mayor of the town.
08/2018: The Ypres Salient Tour – Menin Gate. Performances at a number of WW1 Commemorative sites in Belgium. We were delighted to receive a personal invite to perform at The Menin Gate (Ypres), St George’s Memorial Church (Flanders Field), Cloth Hall (Ypres) and Talbot House (Ypres). The group consisted of young people and volunteers from Ferryhill and the surrounding areas who travelled to Belgium to perform in an array of high profile commemorative events. In addition to the scheduled performances, our young people were also granted special permission to perform at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British and Commonwealth WW1 Memorial in the world. A special honour was our young people singing ‘Silent Night’ on the very site where the Christmas Truce took place nearly 104 years earlier. This was an unforgettable and very unique experience and one which moved everyone who saw and heard it.
03/08/2018: Summer School – Hairspray. This hip, swinging sixties themed musical is a non-stop, bop-fest and was a great winner for our sell out audiences of parents and the local community. Our younger performers had a wonderful week and a fantastic show!
6/2018: Carved in Stone. We write a breathtaking song to commemorate the fallen who have no known grave. It is released on all major music streaming services and begins to sell straight away.
05/2018: MTI: Mary Poppins. Well-rehearsed, we took extracts of our production to Leicester’s Curve Theatre alongside thousands of other children performers from around the world. We came away with two First place Prizes. National Winners: Outstanding Production, and National Winners Outstanding Female Performance.
05/2018: The Gaiety Afternoons. Another round of fun and entertainment for the elderly with wonderful refreshments and activities to foster physical and mental well-being.
12/05/2018: Easter Mary Poppins. A sell out pair of productions with two casts! The Banks’ are visited by a wonderful, magical nanny who makes everything topsy turvy for a while, before righting it all in its own way for the betterment of the whole family. Lots of excitement and super songs had the audience foot-tapping all the way through – even through the bows and standing ovation.
03/2018: The Wind Road Boys – Spennymoor. This large-scale schools project saw Enter staff and volunteers working with children in local school communities to recreate The Wind Road Boys professional production.
01/2018: The Wind Road Boys – Care Homes Tour. Enter CIC takes its iconic musical on a tour of local care homes. It is received with great enthusiasm and sparks more than a memory or two among the uplifted audience. Another initiative to combat loneliness, a sense of isolation and disengagement.
01/2018: Approved Examination Centre. Enter CIC becomes an approved private examinations centre. We are able to provide examinations for candidates in and out of the traditional education system.
12/2017: Charity Shoe Box Appeal Support. The sixth of a host of regular, annual support events for the community. A local church, which runs a shoe box appeal all year, invites us to help them back the hundreds of boxes needed to be sent to children across the world who won’t, otherwise, get a Christmas present.
12/2017: Santa’s Magical Experience. The fabulous fifth instalment of our annual Santa’s Magical Experience. Children come with families to experience a performance, and an interactive tour of Santa’s Workshop and see Santa. Each child gets a present that fits their needs and Santa even speaks to them personally (as parents send on the child’s ‘good/naughty’ status as well as the wonderful things they may have done for the family and any hopes and dreams they have).
11/2017: Festival of Remembrance 2017. Enter CIC students were invited to perform a section of our self-penned songs and readings at the Festival of Remembrance 2017 in Durham Cathedral. This event is the largest remembrance event of its kind outside London’s Albert Hall.
08/2017: Beauty and the Beast Summer School for our younger performers.07/07/2017: Visit to Kynren. A whole student-body theatre trip to Kynren, a large-scale outdoor performance of English History.
06/2017: Mary Poppins at MTI. Enter CIC students won a prestigious place to perform at the world’s first Music Theatre International festival of children’s theatre at the world-renowned Leicester Curve.
06/2017: Diversity Project. We had a whole host of free diverse workshops available for the community to access. Throughout the day we had Cultural Tile Painting, Polish Silk Painting, Indian Rangoli Art, West African Dance, West African Drumming and Traditional Northumbrian Clog Dancing. It was wholly enjoyed by all the local community.
06/2017: When Yesterday Was Young. A large-scale performance heritage project. Hundreds of people from our community engaged with the storytelling, artefact-finding and heritage discovery elements of the project. A website was created and it continues to attract hundreds of people to new areas of historical discovery.
13/05/2017: Mary Poppins. A performance of the much-loved musical by our students that was practically perfect in every way!
04/2017: High Sheriff Award Winners. Enter CIC won the High Sheriff’s Award for community engagement.
12/2016: Charity Shoe Box Appeal Support. The fifth of a host of regular, annual support events for the community. A local church, which runs a shoe box appeal all year, invites us to help them back the hundreds of boxes needed to be sent to children across the world who won’t, otherwise, get a Christmas present.
12/2016: Santa’s Magical Experience. The thrilling fourth instalment of our annual Santa’s Magical Experience. Children come with families to experience a performance, and an interactive tour of Santa’s Workshop and see Santa. Each child gets a present that fits their needs and Santa even speaks to them personally (as parents send on the child’s ‘good/naughty’ status as well as the wonderful things they may have done for the family and any hopes and dreams they have).
12/2016: Ribbons and Bowes. Enter CIC host their Christmas performance, Ribbons and Bowes at Bowes Museum. It is a sell-out performance attended by the public, dignitaries and local celebrities.
12/2016: The Gaiety Afternoons. Yet more fun and entertainment for the elderly with a wonderful traditional Christmas theme with seasonal refreshments and a live brass band playing carols and musical treats old and new.
15/12/2016: Theatre Visit – Five Guys Named Moe. Enter tutor, Matt Mills had taken the lead role in this West End classic musical. A few staff, students and volunteers went to see him perform in Edinburgh.
10/2016: Students’ Funtastical Halloween Party.
10/2016: National Children’s Theatre Festival. Enter CIC’s own working theatre, The Enter Centre hosts performances by visiting professional children’s theatre companies as part of the national children’s theatre festival (Take Off Festival 2016).
07/2016: Disney Jungle Book Summer School.. Our Disney Jungle Book Summer School was a zoological fanfare of fun, games, entertainment and skill building. A performance was held at the end of the week, which was simply amazing! Theatre at no cost and in the comfort of an adjusted theatre space. Many of the audience found it an emotional experience and commented how true to life the sentiment, emotions and dialogue was, as they remembered the times with both sadness and tenderness.
07/2016: Home Fires. A special performance for the elderly in our local community who were unable to get out to theatres to see the previous performances. This relaxed performance enabled the elderly to access new and inspiring theatre at no cost and in the comfort of an adjusted theatre space. Many of the audience found it an emotional experience and commented how true to life the sentiment, emotions and dialogue was, as they remembered the times with both sadness and tenderness.
07/2016: The Wind Road Boys sell-out Tour of the North East (including the following venues Sage, Gateshead, Phoenix Theatre, Blyth, Hartlepool Town Hall, Stanley Civic Theatre, Woodhorn Museum).
06/2016: Don Robson Commemoration. Enter receive a special invitation to perform at the Don Robson commemoration event at Durham Emirates Cricket Ground.
06/2016: The King and Queen of Lesotho. Enter CIC perform for the King and Queen of Lesotho (King Letsie 111 and his wife Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso). This was a huge honour and our young people were individually presented to the King and Queen at Auckland Castle in the presence of the Bishop of Durham and the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Durham. In honour of the King’s visit, we wrote a song to celebrate Sentebale, Prince Harry’s charity in Lesotho.
05/2016: Alice in Wonderland. Our Easter Production of Alice in Wonderland was a great hit with the community with young performers aged three to twelve performing the fantastical adventures of Alice. A great skill-builder for young people and even an opportunity for some to see more of the backstage workings and many developed a passion for the technical side of theatre as well as the performance side.
05/2016: LAMDA Outstanding Training Centre. LAMDA Examination Series – Enter was recognised as an outstanding training centre.
04/2016: The Curious Case of the Human Being. Commence educational tour across the North East of our own new educational musical for children and schools entitled, The Curious Case of the Human Being. This was a sell-out tour and even helped a local school gain their Science Award.
01/2016: Durham Masons 2021 Performance. Sage, Gateshead – We receive a special invitation to perform at the 2021 Durham Masonic event at Sage, Gateshead. This opened the campaign for the 5 year effort to raise over 5 million pounds for local causes and individuals in need.
04/12/2015: The Gaiety Afternoons. An exceptionally popular, large scale programme for the elderly entitled, The Gaiety Afternoons. A wide range of monthly activities, performers, musicians, speakers and raconteurs commissioned to put on a visual and sometimes a singalong treat for the over 60s in our local communities. With entertainment, singing, dancing and tea service (with scones, biscuits and cakes) this is a highly popular series of events which focus on eliminating a sense of isolation, loneliness (and fear of coming over the doorstep) in our elderly communities.
04/12/2015: Ebenezer Scrooge. Sunderland Empire: Enter CIC take over Sunderland Empire and perform their own smash hit musical Ebenezer Scrooge. Performed, by a cast of over 100 children and young people, to a full house and a standing ovation, we were honoured to be awarded a Commendation Certificate from Mrs Sue Snowden, The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham (Queen’s representative) for our production of Ebenezer Scrooge.
12/2015: Charity Shoe Box Appeal Support. The fourth of a host of regular, annual support events for the community. A local church, which runs a shoe box appeal all year, invites us to help them back the hundreds of boxes needed to be sent to children across the world who won’t, otherwise, get a Christmas present.
12/2015: Santa’s Magical Experience.. The third of our annual Santa’s Magical Experience. Children come with families to experience a performance, and an interactive tour of Santa’s Workshop and see Santa. Each child gets a present that fits their needs and Santa even speaks to them personally (as parents send on the child’s ‘good/naughty’ status as well as the wonderful things they may have done for the family and any hopes and dreams they have).
10/2015: National Children’s Theatre. Enter CIC’s own working theatre, The Enter Centre hosts performances by visiting professional children’s theatre companies as part of the national children’s theatre festival (Take Off Festival 2015).
10/2015: An Evening with Tim Rice and Friends, Sage Gateshead. On the back of our stunning performance of Jesus Christ Superstar – seen by Tim Rice’s musical director – Enter receive a special invitation to perform with Sir Tim Rice and a whole host of West End and Broadway stars at Sage, Gateshead. Sir Tim Rice requests that Enter CIC perform a world-first – a new verse to his smash hit song, A Winter’s Tale, made famous by David Essex.
08/2015: Home Fires. Another outing for our own, self-penned musical, Home Fires. Performed before an audience of celebrities and dignitaries as well as old soldiers and Chelsea Pensioners on Palace Green, Durham. Celebrating the bravery and sacrifice of soldiers of the Durham Light Infantry.
08/2015: Guest Lecturer – Director Graham Murray. We hosted a guest lecture from renowned London and international director and theatre producer, Graham Murray. Our students learned about the mechanics of a range of theatre crafts as well as discovering what opportunities there are for them if they choose to go farther afield with their aspirations.
07/2015: Aladdin Summer School. Our Aladdin Summer School for children across the North East is a smash hit. A week-long rehearsal and fun period was topped off by a free performance for parents and the local community.
05/2015: Jesus Christ Superstar. Durham Cathedral – Rock Musical Jesus Christ Superstar: Enter CIC granted special license to perform the full show in Durham Cathedral. Only the second time it had been performed in a Cathedral in the United Kingdom and the first time as a staged musical!
05/2015: Durham Castle. Enter invited to perform at County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) event at Durham Castle charity event to raise funds for CDCF.
12/2014: Charity Shoe Box Appeal Support. The third of a host of regular, annual support events for the community. A local church, which runs a shoe box appeal all year, invites us to help them back the hundreds of boxes needed to be sent to children across the world who won’t, otherwise, get a Christmas present.
12/2014: Santa’s Magical Experience. The second of our annual Santa’s Magical Experience. Children come with families to experience a performance, and an interactive tour of Santa’s Workshop and see Santa. Each child gets a present that fits their needs and Santa even speaks to them personally (as parents send on the child’s ‘good/naughty’ status as well as the wonderful things they may have done for the family and any hopes and dreams they have).
11/2014: Ferryhill Remembrance Ceremony. Another outing for our students who have been learning about the sacrifices made by serving and past personnel.
10/2014: Chilton Showcase. A wonderful event giving our young people the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of friends, peers and total strangers.
08/2014: The Wind Road Boys at Edinburgh Fringe. A rip-roaring residency at the 150-seater Masonic Hall in Edinburgh filled the seats every night for The Wind Road Boys. Every night, we had queues around the block (as well as the now-customary standing ovations) and our mini performances on The Royal Mile were picked up by international TV crews. Our large cast of students and some professionals gave everyone the experience of a lifetime.
07/2014: Home Fires. Once again, our writers wrote a musical to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of First World War. Seen through the eyes of a few soldiers and families, the drama and powerful songs explode onto the stage with passion and energy. Enter has established itself as a powerful new theatre writing company. The performance took place at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland.
03/2014: Speech and Drama Examinations. More examinations to support young people’s aspirations in the performing arts. Building skills, opportunities and aspirations in our local community.
29/03/2014: Tom’s Midnight Garden. A community theatre trip to see the iconic production suitable for children of all ages.
01/2014: Community Choir. We created a community choir to improve the mental health of local residents.
12/2013: Post Boy Christmas Carol Concert. A traditional carol concert in a community venue.
12/2013: Santa’s Magical Experience. The first of our annual Santa’s Magical Experience. Children come with families to experience a performance, and an interactive tour of Santa’s Workshop and see Santa. Each child gets a present that fits their needs and Santa even speaks to them personally (as parents send on the child’s ‘good/naughty’ status as well as the wonderful things they may have done for the family and any hopes and dreams they have.
12/2013: Christmas Spirit. A wonderful and festive community production of traditional and modern carols as well as some dramatic scenes and even audience participation. A wonderful night was had by all and it put everyone in the mood for Christmas.
12/2013: Charity Shoe Box Appeal Support. The second of a host of regular, annual support events for the community. A local church, which runs a shoe box appeal all year, invites us to help them back the hundreds of boxes needed to be sent to children across the world who won’t, otherwise, get a Christmas present.
12/2013: Windlestone Christmas Fair. A great performance to celebrate this special time of year.
11/2013: Remembrance Parade. Honoured to be part of this event again, celebrating and commemorating serving and past military personnel.10/2013: Thrislington Lodge Banner Community Project. Our students were invited to design the new Thrislington Lodge Miner’s Banner.
09/2013: The Young Person’s Guide To The Lindisfarne Gospels. Another self-penned, original musical production which celebrated the returning of The Lindisfarne Gospels to Durham. Performed to a full house at Durham Cathedral.
08/2013: The Wind Road Boys Extracts – Easington Miner’s Welfare Centre. Our performers were invited to perform extracts from The Wind Road Boys to a proud mining community. One audience member said afterwards. “This is the most realistic mining production I’ve ever seen. Not just for the passion of the miners, but showing the conditions and the men and families who took death as a simple hazard of the job. It gave me a renewed respect for the damn hard work my father did for us day in day out.”
07/2013: Community Screen Night. A night of celebrating screen legends for those aged over 60 in our local community.
06/2013: Rock the House – Closer. Another professional recording outing for our students who wrote, played, sang and co-produced their own song for a national competition.
06/2013: The Wind Road Boys – Gala Theatre, Durham. Another large-scale production of our ever-popular, self-penned musical received more standing ovations at the Gala Theatre, Durham. A five-show run of full houses and rave reviews. Even an international celebrity (Matthew Lewis who plays Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter movie franchise) came back stage to meet the cast and say how amazed he was at the performance.
04/2013: Speech and Drama Qualifications. Offering all young people in our community the chance to achieve qualifications in their chosen performance arts discipline.
03/2013: Off the Page. A 12-week project to accelerate the skills and broaden the outlook of young readers (aged 4 – 12).
12/2012: Rock Nativity. Large group production of the timeless Christmas classic musical for young people.
12/2012: Methodist Church Family Service. A delightful and inclusive church performance to bring together the community in a collective celebration of giving.
12/2012: 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.
12/2012: 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.
12/2012: 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.
07/12/2012: 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.
22/11/2012: Celebration of Age. Our first foray into working with young peope to create a fun and engaging environment 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.
11/2012: Remembrance Day Parade. We took part in the community Remembrance Day Parade through Ferryhill.
10/2012: Healthy Lifestyles website. 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 healthy workshops we were running across County Durham.
09/2012: Sherbourne Technique Training. Our staff and volunteers undergo extensive training in Sherbrourne technique to support our diverse students.
08/2012: Royal British Legion Performance. A large group performance to raise money for the Royal British Legion.
07/08/2012: The Wind Road Boys. 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.
10/2012: Community Outreach. Community Outreach project at Trimdon Station Community Centre. Music and art for the community.
07/2012: 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.
07/2012: 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!
07/2012: The Chilton Gala. Outdoor dance and singing performance for the local community.
06/2012: Art and Making Workshops. Open community project to create art and discover more about painting, sculpture and crafts.
06/2012: Bulb Planting with Primary School. 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.
06/2012: Art Mural for Ferryhill One Point Hub. Some of our students work on an art mural to brighten up their local community centre.
05/2012: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. Some of our Upper School students gain work experience placements on Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake production at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.
04/2012: Raising Futures. Fundraising Performances for local community and voluntary groups.
02/2012: 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.
02/2012: Arts Enabled Workshops. Regular workshops for children and young people with diverse physical, mental and educational needs.
12/2011: Christmas Outdoor Performance. 150 children, a band truck and a giant Santa in a town centre car park. An exhilarating performance for the community who came out in the pouring rain and enjoyed the whole event…as did the children!
12/2011: Christmas Carol Service. Ferryhill Methodist Church. Carols old and new.
21/12/2011: Legally Blonde Student Theatre Trip. A wonderful opportunity to visit a classic show in a world-leading theatre. Few, if any, of the students and volunteers had been to Sunderland Empire before this trip.
01/09/2011: The Aspiration Project. Enter was successful in bidding for nearly £400,000 from the Reaching Communities National Lottery Fund, which was used, over three years to enhance provision of arts, skills development, health and wellbeing, and employability of young people in our community. We worked with over 7,000 young people and introduced to them a wider scope of opportunities than would have been available to them without Enter.
08/2011: Young Inspirers Initiative: Older members of the group mentor younger members of the group.
05/07/2011: Enter CIC Youth Council. Young people meeting to give young people a voice in the planning, design and delivery of services for them.
03/07/2011: A performance by nearly 100 young people which raised thousands of pounds for Help for Heroes and the Durham Rifles.
06/2011: Volunteer Qualification System. Working with local people and the County Council, we helped local volunteers navigate the often confusing world of licensing, chaperoning and working with the council and child protection guidelines and legislation.
05/2011: The National Arboretum. Some of our staff and volunteers visited the National Arboretum to research commemorative reflection and how the sacrifices of The Rifles and others in the DLI and the wider armed services are honoured. This was valuable research for our Help for Heroes performance. We spoke to Lt General Brimms about the Arboretum and the value of remembrance.
05/2011: Teenage Chorus. Tell Me What It’s Like – available from online stores. Profits going to Care For Casualties – The Rifles Charity.04/2011: AAP Theme Tune. We wrote a song for the local AAP to use and took some of our students to a professional recording studio. It developed foundations for so much of the professional level work our young people would aspire to later on.
02/2011: Feasibility Study. We undertook a massive feasibility study across South County Durham looking at the need for arts and physical activities for children from 3 to 18 and young adults. We went into all local schools with stars from stage and screen and did a wide range of arts and performance and physical workshops – all free of charge.
19/12/2010: ‘Gifted’. A performance featuring over 150 young people, which showcased their talents and gifts.
01/09/2020: Weekly workshops in drama, music, theatre, technical theatre, singing, dancing, scriptwriting and performance.
02/06/2010: The day we created Enter CIC.