EVERYTHING THERE EVER WAS

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

 

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About

On August Bank Holiday weekend 2018, the beautiful nature reserve of Crimdon Dene will come alive with performance and song.

Throughout May, June, July and August, performance group ‘That There’ will be meeting members of the community, running workshops, having conversations and gathering ideas.

The results will become EVERYTHING THERE EVER WAS; a spectacular performance created with, and performed by, the local community.

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.

At the final event, you may 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 may even be a picnic!

If you are local to East Durham, we want YOU to be involved. Do you sing? Perform? Do you want to be involved in creating banners, flags and blankets? Do you want to help out on the opening night? Whatever it is, we want to hear from you.

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.

 

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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.
www.unfoldingtheatre.co.uk

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.
www.bethanmaddocks.com

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Get involved!

EVENTS COMING SOON! Keep your eye on our FacebookTwitter and this web page to find out about upcoming workshops.

If you are local to East Durham, we want YOU to be involved. Do you sing? Perform? Do you want to be involved in creating banners, flags and blankets? Do you want to help out on the opening night? Whatever it is, we want to hear from you.

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

 

 


 

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