Minerva Arts programme preview

It’s that time again…

It seems like only five minutes ago that I sat down to write the end of term blog for Minerva Arts and Minerva Youth Theatre, the summer has gone so quickly it’s hard to believe I am sat in the same place on the settee with the laptop on my knee getting this preview ready for your discerning eyes.

As you know, last year was a big year for us. On top of our two funded projects, our Youth Theatre went from strength to strength growing from 6 to 20 young people, putting on two shows and contributing to a big event over in West Kirby.

So what’s on the cards this year? Well we currently have a bunch of funding applications working their way around various systems so fingers crossed we will be able to update you on those as and when we can.

As a result of the links we made in the Wirral to West Africa project, we were thrilled to be able to welcome aboard our first Patron, Merseyside legend and former member of The Scaffold, John Gorman who had a Number One in the Sixties with ‘Lily the Pink’.

In Youth Theatre- world we were proud and delighted to learn that one of our members has won a National Film-making Competition with her film about the legacy of 9/11 and will be heading to New York this week to receive her prize.

Our plans for the coming year involve a collaboration with a local writer who will be creating a play especially for our group, a contribution to the Chester Mid- Winter Watch Parade and performances at the Wirral Festival of Firsts next summer, plus who knows what else! We will also be continuing to build on our Arts Award success this year with Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards being embarked upon.

We are also currently investigating the possibility of opening up a Primary group after Christmas for children from 5-11, so watch this space for further developments!

We at Minerva believe in the power of the arts to improve young people’s self-esteem, confidence, achievement and understanding of the world around them. This is why we continue to offer opportunities to our members to experience the widest possible range of art and performance from dance and movement to multimedia, design, lighting and sound as well as performing in scripted and devised plays and pieces. Our commitment to Arts Award also means that young people have the chance to gain accreditation for their hard work and experience leading their own projects.

If you would like more information about Minerva Youth Theatre or if you know a creative young person aged between 11 and 18, contact us on 07894858934, visit our website at www.minervaarts.com or email us on Minerva_arts@live.co.uk.

Steph Brocken
Artistic Director
Minerva Arts/ Minerva Youth Theatre

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