Enter CIC is an outstanding youth musical theatre group based in Ferryhill, County Durham. Their members regularly appear in West End choruses, and on stages around the North East. Through my invovelment with Durham Student Theatre (DST), I volunteered to spend a week helping out with Enter CIC’s performance ‘Honoured’, which was performed in Hartlepool as part of the programme of events commemorating World War 1.
DST works with Enter CIC, to offer their students workshops and masterclasses, as well as provide University students opportunities to assist in their high quality productions at professional theatres.
Helping to bring a community together
‘Honoured: The Youth Remembrance Gala’ was an incredible WW1 commemoration event featuring over 200 young people, cadets, veterans, standard bearers, and professional singers and performers.
As well as involving the group of children and young people who Enter CIC usually work with, this performance included around 70 children from local primary schools, who had spent the past few weeks learning World War One songs and dances to go along with them. There was also a particular focus on the Bombardment of Hartlepool in this performance with one particularly poignant moment at the end where the names of all those who had died were read out and poppy petals fell from the ceiling.
A busy week behind the scenes
My role in this was incredibly diverse. When I arrived on the Monday afternoon I got involved with finishing dressing and building the set and helping to set up the lights that were rigged around the stage. Once the tech was all set up and all the performers had arrived I helped them to sort costumes and then we started with our tech run. It was so great to see the children from the local primary schools getting to engaged both with theatre and (as a history student), I also really appreciated the fact that they were having a chance to learn about local history in the process.
A spectacular performance
The performance in the end was phenomenal. It was amazing to see that what had been an empty hall on Monday morning had become a fully-fledged theatre with over 100 people on stage. Everyone involved absolutely loved what they were doing and the audience all seemed so pleased with what they’d just seen. I spent my week doing a bit of everything from building the set, to operating the lights, to helping to organise children and I honestly can’t wait till the next time I can get involved with Enter CIC.
Remembrance Service at Durham Cathedral
As part of the Centenary celebrations to mark the end of the FIrst World War, Durham Unversity staff and students will be joining members of the local community at the annual Remembrance Day Service, held in Durham Cathedral on Sunday 11 November at 10.15am.