Chester based arts organisation Minerva Arts and Warrington based Express Youth Theatre have been awarded a grant from Arts Council England to pilot a brand new Drama project for young people in Cheshire.
Steph Brocken, Artistic Director of Minerva Arts had the idea to bring together youth theatres in Cheshire after sharing stories of the old Cheshire Youth Theatre with her Seniors group at Minerva Youth Theatre. Cheshire Youth Theatre was a Cheshire County Council project that drew together young people participating in drama from throughout Cheshire to work together to create a major piece of performance. In collaboration with Express from Warrington, The Brindley Youth Theatre from Runcorn and Cheshire East Youth Theatre a pilot project was drawn up to bring together youth theatre groups with a collaborative residential followed by summer schools in individual venues.
This year Minerva Arts and Express Youth Theatre will take the lead with Summer School ‘hubs’ at the Kingsway Campus, University of Chester and the Pyramid Studio Theatre in Warrington. It is hoped that in the future more groups will get involved and create different hubs each year.
Minerva Arts is now extending their call to young people between 12 and 17 in the Chester area who would like to take up a place on this project. The week begins with a residential on the 23rd-24th August at Tatton Park and then continues with a week of intensive devising from the 25th-29th. The week will conclude with a final performance on the 29th.
There are very limited places on this project and registration closes on 25th July. Please contact Minerva Arts via email at Minerva_arts@live.co.uk or phone on 07894858934 to find out more.
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