playhousetheatre2One of Enter’s students who is part of our ‘Young Inspirers’ programme has been given the chance to fulfil his dream of becoming a theatre light technician in London’s West End.

On January 21st Otis will travel by train and arrive in London Kings Cross at midday. He will then embark on a fantastic work placement. First Otis will head straight to The Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End. He will work with the Chief LX and his technical team on the current production of ‘Dreamboats & Petticoats’. The current production features X Factor finalists and stars from Hollyoaks. He will gain first hand experience of what it’s like to be part of a technical crew in a large professional London based theatre. He will be engaged in activities relating to theatre lighting and rigging.

After finishing at the Playhouse Theatre Otis will be dashing across London to the Duchess Theatre where he will meet the Company Manager and cast from The Pitmenpalyhousetheatre1 Painters. The Pitmen Painters has enjoyed success at the National Theatre and on Broadway. This is particularly apt as The Pitmen Painters is the true story of a group of miners from Ashington in Northumberland, who under the auspices of the WEA – Workers’ Educational Association – decided to study art appreciation.

However, this was abandoned at the suggestion of their teacher, Robert Lyons, who persuaded them to take up painting and create their own work. The results were astonishing. The Ashington Group, as they became known, worked prolifically. The Pitmen Painters was penned by Lee Hall the infamous playwright known for writing Billy Elliot, Warhorse and many others.

We must extend our thanks to Enter CIC’s patron Graham Murray (Deputy Technical Manager, Playhouse Theatre, London) who has offered his expertise, energy and support and provided a fantastic opportunity for Otis. Make sure you check our website next week for pictures and stories relating to the experience.