Second annual- Lynk Cheshire Summer Youth Theatre project –

Chester Youth Theatre collaborates on Drama project for Second Year.

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During the week of the 10th-14th August groups of young people from Chester and Warrington

collaborated to create two brand new pieces of theatre as part of the second year of the successful

Lynk Cheshire project.

This year the young people from Minerva Youth Theatre and Express Youth Theatre based in

Warrington, began their week with a trip around Chester City Centre, soaking up the history, stories

and good weather to generate performance ideas around the theme of Faith and Trust. This was

followed by four days of intensive theatre making workshops back in the group’s home venues.

Throughout this week the group developed new skills and worked on performance techniques that

were designed to push and challenge the performers.

Artistic Director of Minerva Arts, Steph Brocken said; ‘This project is really important for us and our

young people as it not only enables them to work with new people and make new friends from

across the county, but it allows them to develop their skills further than they do when taking part in

regular Youth Theatre workshops. Working together intensively for a full week allows them to get a

taste of what it is like to work in a professional company, a great and valuable experience’.

Lead Tutor of Express Youth Theatre Sammi Walsh added; ‘The project this year has been a huge

success. Our members have had the opportunities to meet new people, develop friendships and

explore different avenues of performing. The two groups have created some exciting and innovative


On the final day of the project, the young people performed their pieces to an invited audience as

well as having them filmed. This will be edited together to produce a short film containing work from

both groups that will be screened in the Autumn.

One parent said “We are so grateful we sent [our daughter] to this week’s workshop, we weren’t

able to go away on holiday due to other circumstances but she has told us that she has had the best

summer thanks to this week.”

Minerva Youth Theatre will be starting back in the Autumn term with their Seniors group (for those

aged 11-18) meeting every Wednesday at the Kingsway Buildings in Newton from 7-9pm and their 7-

11 group meeting every Saturday at the Cheshire Military Museum from 10am-12. Places are open

and for more information on joining the group, you can visit their website

photos and press release submitted by Minerva Arts

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