Why Enter Edem?

When we’ve finished explaining how Enter Edem is not a cheese, we often like to explain that it is a play on ideas, of entering into a world, a beginning, an origin. The company organically grew from seeds of ideas into a community garden of a conceptual kind. We love to create a world for you to enter into, an experience to remember, a place where you can be part of and belong.

And where did this seed from you ask?
A vision combined with natural connections and a passion to create incredible art, also lots of biscuits, these really helped pull it all together.

You maybe thinking what is it you do exactly?
Well, we are makers, producing touring shows and experiences in many crafts, but we are dedicated in our delivery of commissions of all kinds too, bringing our obsession for detail and research to all projects no matter the scale, and ultimately we make memories for the families who find their way into Edem.

Where do you do all this you ask?
We have a creative crazy space in a magical little land smack in the middle of the UK known as Leicester, from here work creeps out to all sorts of spaces and places, indoor and outdoor, unlikely spots, we are not at all fussy or frightened by English weather.

When do you make all this happen?
We work all year round but are always happy to discuss future projects, plans and propositions, do drop us a line any time.

And lastly, how do you do all this?
Well, that involves some really good hats, of all kinds, and you may think the wearing of these many hats may not be ideal, but it turns out that it makes us very good at the details and on many levels… Good at knowing who we are working with, why we do what we do and that we take our professionalism very personally.

Did you know we are…

An Associate Artist at Attenborough Arts
A Curve Breakthrough Company
Family Arts standards approved
Age standards approved
Members of Outdoor Arts UK

All about Enter Edem
“Enter into a world of playful perspectives!”

Vision

Enter Edem are a collective of multi-skilled artists, who have joined together to create unique conceptual experiences. We tell human stories using philosophy, the fantastically abstract and lively, astonishing, visual theatrics.

No ideas are untouchable or unobtainable as we use and manipulate the human canvas for expression. We look at life through a lens that makes our shared world captivating and thrilling. Our creative team passionately and obsessively craft through innovation, with specialist attention to detail, producing bespoke and touring work.

Through our innovative approach combining entertainment with enlightening stories and ideas, we explore culture and imagination by using art liberally in all of its forms. The experiences and installations created are unconventional, thrilling and ultimately inspiring.

We are not easily defined but our vision becomes clear when you ‘Enter Edem’.

Mission

Our mission is to transform perspectives through collaborative production and the shared experience of theatre, media and art. We strive to promote a more creatively-geared and inclusive society through immersive storytelling that explores different cultures, mindsets and philosophical ideas.

Enter Edem will achieve this mission by:

    • Providing a diverse calendar of original theatrical arts experiences of the highest possible quality
    • Maintaining our grass root commitment to foster innovation and multi-disciplinary collaboration in our artistic development,
    • Ensuring our productions are accessible and inclusive across a diverse platform of indoor, outdoor and media-based stages,
    • Championing education and participation in the arts through youth, community and cross-cultural engagement.

Our Artistic Team “Those many hats we mentioned…”

Emma Dawes The Milliner

Emma Fay

Artistic Director

‘The Milliner’
As the maker of the hats and wearer of many, Emma’s innovative artistic eye oversees the substance and style of Enter Edem. As a maker and mixer of disciplines, her love and passion for accessible storytelling, education and community reflect in the company throughout, with Emma’s own practice seeping into the conceptual core.
Jam the Wooly Hat

James Kerr

Creative Media Lead

‘The Woolly Hat’
The backbone of Enter Edem, James’ hats can be found outdoors climbing in trees during a training regime or busily behind a laptop creating all kinds of media magic. His performance skills and juggling balls are topped off with talents in writing, designing and IT to boot. What…a…guy…

Charlotte Jarvis the Snapback

Charlotte Jarvis

Project Assistant

‘The Snap back’
From top class intern to team core, a theatre making and marketing marvel, Charlotte is at the heart of what makes Enter Edem awesome, with skills a plenty and a love of myth and legends, she brings her fresh enthusiasm and imagination to every project with her beautifully crafted puppets.

the Jolly Bonnet Nana Crowe

Hannah Crowe

Family Arts Lead

‘The Jolly Bonnet’
If you want a job doing, ask a teacher, and boy, does Hannah get the job done! Enter Edems educational rigour is boosted by Hannah’s flare and fun, with fun-draising alongside she is a whirlwind from the North, as she locates herself in Manchester but is found at the roots of Enter Edem frolics and projects.

Philip elton the bandana

Philip Kingsley-Elton

Co-creative Assistant

‘The Bandana’
Technically not a hat you’d find in the office, but the bandit of puns Philip is a core creative member of our team. As one of our theatre directors and media project assistant, he is often also found as a co-ordinating side kick in the Enter Edem marvellous madness, oops sorry, we mean family fun events… He also has the big van…

Our Party Hats

Now for more of those freelance folks who bring the party! Our company and cast of artists who fill our events and shows full of wonder and smiling faces are in such great numbers that we aren’t able to mention them all, but here are some of the multi-skilled collective we just had to make special personalised party hats for their fabulousness… Introducing, the ‘Party Hats’ our incredible performers!

The Crazy cat party hat

Georgina Elsom

‘Crazy cat party hat’
Storyteller extraordinaire, maker and face painter, Georgina has been there from the start behind all kinds of mischief and magic at Enter Edem, she is awesomely talented, don’t believe us, just see Hanuman Tales

Charlotte Parker

‘Rainbow party hat’
The major epidemic spreader of smiley faces, ‘Charlie P’ has been with us from the beginning causing joy in it’s bucket loads. From cast to core team aid she is an incredible actress, multi-skilled wonder and all round loveliness..

Ludwik Szczylik

‘Peaceful party hat’
Bringing calm and often couscous, Ludwik and his instruments can be found at many of our experiences, oh, you may also see him towering above on some stilts in a great big puppet… Yep, so many hats.

Tim Baker

‘Completely Different Party hat’
From experimental noises, to clowning silliness and stilts, Tim can be seen in all kinds of lycra based costumes (he really loves that) and making some wonderful inspiration art.

Will Horspool

‘Balloon party hat’
This disgustingly talented ‘Poetman’ has all kinds of tricks up his sleeves, from magic, to music and circus skills, he has also become a dab hand with balloon modelling. Where do the skills end??

Jenny Hibberd

‘Poety party hat’
‘Hibword’ brings the vibes and often her drum to tell ye a tale with poetry fun. An artistic avalanche of awesome, Jenny can be found clowning and creating happiness in the heaps.

Nat Page

‘Unatty party hatty’
Paint brushes and yoga matts a plenty, ‘Unatty’ has so many skills under her belt from face painting to circus or a meditive story, you’ll find her at events and in shows wearing all kinds of party hats.

Anthony Morgan

‘Surreal party hat’
When Tony comes to play in Edem things can all get a bit weird… but it remains utterly wonderful! As a hilarious writer with an ability to make history lessons actually exciting, Tony makes superbly silly stories (oh yes, triple alliteration required…)

David Wilson Clarke

‘Lens cap party hat’
You’ll spot David at our Edem experiences and shows capturing the magic, while often joining in with the cast in adorning a character, as an arts photographer he has an eye for our vision and comes onboard with all kinds of shenanigans!

Charlotte Wilkinson

‘Feathery party hat’
Yes, another Charlotte, oh there are many… But you’ll spot ‘Charlotte W’ in a wonderland of characters, high up on stilts or huddled round a craft table with her skills a plenty

The Base Ball Hats

Ah yes, to keep the company in smooth studio running order there are a few people behind the scenes, they are what makes us a family organisation to the core, the base to the Edem organisation and Milliners nearest and dearest

Rachel Dawes

Secretary whizz, Rachel is the one at the end of the email who occasional adorns a crafty party hat!

Elaine and Mick Dawes

From sewing machine, to laser cutter, to proof reading and feeding, you’ll find the mother and father to Edem busily creating in the workshop or joining the party at family fun events, if we were a cheese cake, they are truly the crumbly biscuit base.

We wouldn’t be the same without…

There are some sparkly magical people that have supported us in so many ways that you may not know about, introducing our ‘Magical Hats’…

Fee Quebdani

‘The Fairy hat’
Foresty Fee is not only one of our incredible cast members but also a member of our Kindred committee, keeping us in check on all things environmental and bringing her Beanies along to join the merry crew, Fee is a magical fairy of Edem!

Lorrine Douglas

‘The Pirate Hat ‘
Sneaking in scurvy sea dogs to where ever she goes Lorrine has been sailing the Edem oceans for many years. Not only is she a fantastic educational passion input for our Kindred committee but as the co-founder of Mix it arts academy, a crucial part of Enter Edems magic. Often found bringing her energy and excellence to all kinds of productions and family days, Lorrine is one of the party hats with piratey pizzazz!

Tom Shea

‘The Wizard hat’
Where do we start with Tom, philanthropist, business man extraordinaire and secretly Santa, Tom has backed and supported so many of our projects through The New Factory, with our team heading out to his Childfirst nurseries across the UK and jetting us off for some International Play in Iceland. Tom is literally a star (we got one named after him) and we cannot thank him enough for his ongoing Edem love.

John and Harry Head

‘The Hard Hats’

This incredibly skilled father and son are the woodsmen of Edem. Creating our props and sets with their carpentry magic, donating all kinds of treasure to our trove and occasionally joining us for a costumed bit of craziness, we wouldn’t be the same without these hard hats – the Heads!

Partners of Edem, making the many hats possible!

We have been so incredibly fortunate to work with the fantastic Heritage Council team, with a special mention to Brian Stafford ‘The Stetson Hat’, as there will be no tumbleweed blowing with this quick draw bringing free family fun to Leicester Parks!

As an associate artist company at Attenborough Arts Centre we have received such incredible support and so many opportunities, the main culprit in our love for this fantastic place is down to John Kirby ‘The Luchador’, who has been particularly wonderful in the growth and development of Edem Edem shows and experiences, big love for this wrestling super star!

Bringing all kinds of magic to Beaumanor Hall, there is such love for Zoe Hill ‘The Trapper Hat’, making family events happen in the County Council site of splendour, Zoe’s outdoor play ethos mirrors our own and she throws in company development support to boot.

We have been supported as a breakthrough company at Curve for many a moon, with favourite moments from Cbeebies, Twits and Diwali joys to Sheepy soup skill shares, show scratches and Inside Out festival fun!

Kindred Committee ‘Flat Hats’

We have a fantastic committee who come together to keep a check on our mission. We feel they are some fantastic ‘Flat hats’ as they give their wisdom, keep us grounded and guide our community projects. Please do let us know if you’d like to find out more about ‘Kindred’. *(hyperlink when have it…)

Keeping us well informed and connected, Lesley Vann and Tony Modinos add their abundant knowledge and contribution in community festivals and events to the Kindred mix.

Paul Howkins steps in with his years of business advice and volunteer work with Young Enterprise

From previous roles in the background of Enter Edem, Ffion Quick remains a part of the vision of the company and skypes in to guide and keep us up to date with the latest arts and marketing updates.

Archive

Enter the Safari – Artsfest, Wolverhampton, 16th June 2018 view Album

Teddy Bear Fairy Tale picnic – Beaumanor Hall, 10th June 2018 view album

Midsummer Nights Dream entertainment for University of Leicester, 6th June 2018

Tao Tales: the Conjurer and the Moon workshop, Attenborough Arts Centre, 27th May 2018 View album

Midsummer Nights Dream Children’s Workshop, 19th May 2018

Beaumanor’s Victorian Bazaar – Family fun the old fashioned way! Beaumanor Hall, 8th March 2018

Madhatters Cream Tea Party, Beaumanor Hall, 2nd March 2018

Madhatters fairy tale tea party, Garth Park, 24th March 2018

Fafunia, Attenborough Arts Centre, 20th January 2018

Crystal Clear, Attenborough Arts Centre, Student Event, 17th January 2018

Fafunia, at Child first, Welbeck, 16th December

Crystal Clear, FEAST festival, Malvern Cube, 11th November
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Cbeebies Christmas show, Immersive entertainment around theatre, 2nd and 3rd November
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Welford Road Cemetery, Halloween Ghost tour, 31st October

Kingsbury Waterpark, Halloween train ride 28th October
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Curve Inside Out Festival Family Fun Day, 28th October view album

International Play Iceland, Fafunia, 22nd – 27th October

Ramayana, Attenborough Arts Centre Diwali Extravaganza, 21st October 2017

Ramayana, Diwali family day at Curve theatre, 14th October 2017 View album

Everybody’s reading workshop, Tao Tales workshop, 7th October 2017

Everybody’s reading workshop, Origins workshop, 30th September 2017

Attenborough Arts Centre, freshers week promotion, 26th September 2017 View album

International Fairy Tea Party day, Nursery tour, 22nd September 2017

Arts Fresco, Fafunia tree characters, 10th September 2017

Raucous Races, 9th September 2017 – family fun day view album

Abbey Park Extravaganza, 26th August 2017 – family fun day view album

Celebrating 70 years of India’s Independence with An Indian Summer and Sony at City Ride Leicester, 13th August 2017 Rickshaw styling and performers appearing with our Indian Elephant. View Album

Super hero and Villain themed Mix it Summer School 2017

Crystal Clear sensory experience at St Andrews Northampton, 4th July 2017

Origins theatre show at Artsfest Wolverhampton, 17th June 2017 View album

Fafunia children’s theatre experience at Bear and Bunny Nursery, Milton Keynes, 3rd June 2017 View album

Crystal Clear sensory experience at Attenborough Arts Centre Leicester, 13th May 2017 View album

Triple Head Day of the Dead totem character for Festival of the Dead, Birmingham `11th March, London 31st March, Manchester 1st April 2017

Tao Tales: The Conjurer and the Moon scratch performance, Attenborough Arts Centre, 24th March 2017

Lemur act appearing in London for New Years Eve 31st December 2016

‘Around the World in 80 days’ variety acts, Milton Keynes Christmas Day Party, 25th December 2016 View album

Xtra-shiny Ball-Balls Comedy Caberet show, variety acts, Attenborough Arts Centre, 18th December 2016 View album

Zoltar act Birmingham 15th December 2016

Twits Colourful bird act Curve Leicester, 10th December 2016 View album

Lemur contortion act appearing in London November 2016

‘Un dia festival of Light’ event, acts, shows and workshops at Kingsbury Water Parks, 30th October 2016 View album

Origins workshop as part of Everybody’s Reading Festival, Curve October 2016

Ramayana childrens show Birmingham and Kirby Muxloe Village Hall, October 2016 View album

Fairy acts for International Fairy Tea Party Day, Milton Keynes nursaries 23rd September 2016 View album

Alice and Circus acts for Leicester University Open Day, Attenborough Arts Promotion, 26th Sep 2016 View album

Raucous Races Family Event Day, running a day to remember for Story of the Parks Heritage Lottery at Victoria Park Leicester, 9th September 2016 View album

Origins and Fafunia at Attenborough Arts, September 2016

Tree acts at Knighton Park Fun Day, Leicester 3rd September 2016 View album

Origins theatre show at City Festival, Gallowtree Gate 27th August 2016 View album

Tree acts in Leicester City Centre as part of City Festival August 2016

Indian Elephant and giant lantern puppets for City Festival Lantern Parade 20th August 2016

Build A Bug Workshop City Festival Lantern Parade, New Walk Museum Leicester, 8th August 2016 View album

10 years of Mix it Summer School 2016

Little Drop refugee project with Journeys Festival, performing Curve, Newalk Museum and Leicester City Centre July 2016

Enter the Safari amphitheatre show and acts, London and Whipsnade Zoo June-July 2016

Crystal Clear Sensory Experience scratch performance at Barefoot festival, July 2016

Safari acts City Centre Promotion 27th June

LCFC Champions Parade, Victoria Park Leicester, 16th May 2016 View album

Origins scratch performance as part of Inside Out Festival Curve March 2016

‘Alice in Wonderland’ acts at Milton Keynes Christmas Day Party, 25th December 2015

Diwali characters BBC radio Leicester and city centre parade with Inspirate, 11th November 2015

Studio open day Pop art act 16th August 2015

Circus Themed Summer School Mix it 2015

Bird acts as part of An Indian Summer 2015

Origins theatre show Story City Festival The Y Leicester 13th July 2015

Fafunia Curve 14th May 2015

Highcross Christmas 2014

Richard III Pheonix 2014

Art of Employment Project 2014

Fairy facepainting pop up tent Riverside 2014

Fear and Faith art installation as part of an Indian Summer 2014

Water tribe storytelling and jellyfish puppetry workshops and pop up tent Loughborough 2014

Zombiespree highcross

Zombiespree radio Leicester, city centre and the Y

Punch and Judy and beach side acts for City Festival Leicester 26th August 2013

Skyride Curve 25th August 2013

Origins scratch performances and fairy acts for Somewhereto Re:store project Bangor, Northern Island, 23rd Aug 2013

River ride family fun activity Riverside Festival on behalf of Ride Leicester 2nd June 2013

Pheonix promo The Cube