Everything There Ever Was - 4.30pm start on Saturday 25th August at Crimdon Dene

A large-scale, spectacular, participatory performance in Crimdon Dene, featuring songs, movement, theatre, a live band and a huge community cast.




On Saturday 25th August , the beautiful nature reserve of Crimdon Dene will come alive with performance and song. The performance will tell the story of the past, present and future of the Dene, and the many different communities for whom it has been – and ceased to be – home.

Everything There Ever Was is a large-scale, fantastical event in East Durham’s beautiful Crimdon Dene.  The event features pop-up community choirs, a live band and the moving, funny and magical stories of Crimdon Dene’s  past, present and future. The show tells the story of a family who are about to move away from the area. Will they miss it? An encounter with the magical Watchers by the Sea leads them to the pageant of Everything There Ever Was. Their relationship with this place they call home will never be the same again.

Community groups across East Durham have been regularly meeting this summer with artists That There to tell their stories of Crimdon Dene, create music, performances and event props. The results of their hard work will become EVERYTHING THERE EVER WAS; a spectacular performance created with, and performed by, the local community.

At the final event, you will see…

a festival of tents from the 1920s

agricultural workers thinking about the opening of the mines

the very first arrivals to East Durham, thousands of years ago, across the land bridge from Europe

… plus there will be a free picnic for everyone that attends! *

The performance starts at 4.30pm at Crimdon Dene Beach Car Park. It includes a walk of 10-15minutes (approximately 600m) on a step-free, tarmac path from the car park into Crimdon Dene. Picnic and refreshments will be offered as part of the performance *subject to demand. Audiences are welcome to bring their own picnics too. Event suitable for all ages.

If you are a community group that would require transport to the event please contact East Durham Creates so we could arrange this as soon as possible.

To get involved, please contact stayintouch@eastdurhamcreates.co.uk, or call us on 0191 518 5073.

EVERYTHING THERE EVER WAS has been commissioned by East Durham Creates, as part of the ‘This Place We Call Home’ three-cycle commissioning process 2018-2020. This commission was made possible by the support of the Durham Heritage Coast.


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Get involved!

There are three ways to get involved in Everything There Ever Was;

  • Pop Up Choir.
  • Weekly Workshops.
  • Children Workshops.



Come and be a part of ‘Everything There Ever Was’ – a fantastic, musical performance in Crimdon Dene! Meet at 10am Saturday 25 August at Blackhall Community Centre, TS27 4LG. Learn 3-4 songs in the morning, we’ll provide lunch, then after a dress rehearsal you’ll be performing alongside the rest of the cast at 4.30pm!

Email popupchoirs@gmail.com to take part or ring 0191 518 5073. Go on, you know you want to!



Throughout August artist’s involved in Everything There Ever Was are out in your local community venues and we want YOU to be involved.

Do you love to sing? Do you want to learn how to sing? Do you play a musical instrument or are already in a choir? Do you want to act? Do you love to create?  Do you have a story about Crimdon Dene? Then we want you to come along and be a part of Everything There Ever Was. You will have a chance to work with award winning artists, and even the guitarist out of Chumbawamba to create spectacular songs and performances about the area.

There are no auditions, if you want to be a part of it, then we would love to have you! Don’t worry if you can’t attend all the rehearsals or just want to pop along and see what it is about. It is all about having fun and contributing (in whatever way you wish) to an incredible event that will be happening on Saturday 25th August at Crimdon Dene.

All ages, abilities and interests are welcome. If you are already a community group, choir, or band that would like to be involved please contact us to arrange workshops at your venue.

When What Where
6.30-8.30pmWednesday 1 August Rehearsal Blackhall Community Centre, Hesleden Road, TS27 4LG
10am – 1pmSaturday 4 August Rehearsal Blackhall Community Centre, Hesleden Road, TS27 4LG
6.30-8.30pmWednesday 8 August Rehearsal Blackhall Community Centre, Hesleden Road, TS27 4LG
10am – 1pmSaturday 11 August Rehearsal Blackhall Community Centre, Hesleden Road, TS27 4LG
6.30-8.30pmWednesday 15 August Rehearsal Blackhall Community Centre, Hesleden Road, TS27 4LG
10am – 1pmSaturday 18 August Rehearsal Blackhall Community Centre, Hesleden Road, TS27 4LG
6.30-8.30pmWednesday 22 August Rehearsal Blackhall Community Centre, Hesleden Road, TS27 4LG
10am – 6pmSaturday 25 August Morning: RehearsalAfternoon: PERFORMANCE Crimdon Dene



Does your child love to sing or want to learn to sing?  Then bring them along to be a part of ‘Everything There Ever Was’ at one of the following workshops. Here, there will be fun games, movement and interactions to teach children how to sing  and use their voices. They will learn songs to be performed on Saturday 25th August at ‘Everything There Ever Was’. Don’t worry if they cannot attend all the workshops and there are no auditions, if they would like to be a part we would love to have them. Please join us at either Dawdon Youth and Community Centre or at Thornley Primary school.

                             Dawdon Youth & Community Centre, SR7 7NH


Saturday 11th August


                                 2 – 4pm
Saturday 18th August


2 – 4pm


                                           Thornley Primary School, DH6 3DZ




Wednesday 15th August

 3 – 4.30pm
Wednesday 22nd August


 3 – 4.30pm


Full list of rehearsals can be found here.

Keep your eye on our FacebookTwitter and this web page to find out more about these upcoming workshops.

To get involved, please contact either info@unfoldingtheatre.co.uk or  stayintouch@eastdurhamcreates.co.uk, or call us on 0191 518 5073.


Who are ‘That There’?

That There are the performance group producing this exciting new commission EVERYTHING THERE EVER WAS in East Durham. The group includes the following artists:

Unfolding Theatre makes big-hearted theatre that delights in bringing people together. Described as “thrillingly talented people” (Guardian), it has a track record of delivering award-winning, large-scale participation projects and performances. Recent projects include Putting The Band Back Together (Winner: Performance of the Year, Journal Culture Awards 2017). Made with Sunderland musician, Ross Millard, 50+ people across Sunderland contributed to the creative process, and it has since toured across the UK, reaching 3,291 audiences, with 419 people playing in its house bands.

Daniel Bye and Boff Whalley collaborate to write large-scale participatory ‘choral projects’ which place participation, enjoyment and group singing at the heart of each event. Recent projects: We’re Here brought together 50 singers from cities across Britain to sing about the challenges and joys of living alongside strangers in urban environments; Wonderstruck saw five choirs singing about their city and its place in the universe from the standpoint of the various galleries in Manchester Museum.

Boff was part of the 2016 Sea: Coal project with Durham Heritage Coast and Hartlepool Folk Festival. He was a founder member of Chumbawamba and now runs Commoners Choir. Dan’s award-winning, internationally touring work centres on dialogue between place and community, particularly in work such as Story Hunt and Tiny Heroes.
www.danielbye.co.uk / www.boffwhalley.com/music

Beccy Owen is a songwriter and musical director based in the North East, with twenty years of experience in creating and facilitating creative community projects, including group singing experiences for all ages, backgrounds and group size – from 3 people in a disused Submarine Cave to
5,000 children in a football stadium. She has developed projects as a writer, performer and arranger for arts and education organisations across the UK, including Sing The Living (2015), a celebration in song, featuring over 200 singers.
www.popupchoirs.com / www.facebook.com/beccyowenpopupchoirs

Designer Bethan Maddocks is an artist who works with communities to collect stories and make socially engaged, site-specific artwork. Often working with light, paper, fabric and found objects she creates interactive, tactile sculpture and installations. Narratives gathered through conversation and collaborative making are transformed into magical, transformative artwork.

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