New stage school launches in Chester today! (9th September 2016) #chesterculture

The DAPA

The Diaz Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA) launched today for pupils aged 8 to 16 years every Friday during term time between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. Parents can book their first sessions at 50% off the full price!

Based at the Chester Music Theatre premises on Tarvin Road, Boughton, the academy is an exciting fusion of drama, dance and music workshops eventually leading to showcases and productions. There’s also the chance to earn some LAMDA qualifications!

DAPA is designed to encourage an enjoyment of theatre, drama and performing arts, as well as helping pupils develop confidence, teamwork and communication skills. Mr Steven Diaz, Proprietor and Artistic Director, has several years of experience in the industry and has worked with professionals in London, Cheshire and Cambridgeshire.

The DAPA
Steven Diaz – Proprietor of DAPA

Steven comments, “We are the right place for you if you are interested in developing your skills as a performer, whether your passion lies in Drama, Dance or Music; or a mixture of all three! However, we give our pupils much more than just the opportunity to develop their singing, dancing and acting skills. We pride ourselves in the ability to help pupils blossom into mature individuals, ready to embrace all aspects of life with confidence, bravery and resilience.”

Come along to DAPA today or visit www.the-dapa.co.uk for more information. You can also like them on Facebook too!

Storyhouse release timelapse footage of construction of it’s new boutique cinema #chesterculture

Timelapse footage revealing the construction of the cinema box inside Storyhouse, Chester’s brand new cultural centre, has been released.

It took 7 weeks to document the build of the ‘lightbox’ structure that will house the 100 seat ‘boutique’ cinema. It required 150 tonnes of structural steel, 18 tonnes of plasterboard and 96 units of cast glass to complete.

When it opens next year, Storyhouse will integrate state of the art theatres, a cinema, library, café and bars. It brings cinema back to Chester city centre after a 10 year absence.

Alex Clifton, Artistic Director of Storyhouse said ‘This is a fascinating look at Storyhouse’s unique cinema space. The film really captures the scale of the project transforming the Odeon building into a world class cultural centre.’ 

The cinema at Storyhouse will programme a range of independent and mainstream film, to find out more visit http://www.storyhouse.com

Moonlight Flicks – Gremlins (12A) #chesterculture

12A | Dir: Joe Dante | 1984 | 106 mins | USA |
Cast: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates

A rare opportunity to see this 1984 cult classic on a big screen!

‘The Gremlins# was Dahl’s first children’s book about small creatures called Gremlins sabotaging British aircraft as revenge for the destruction of their forest home, which was razed to make way for an aircraft factory. It was written for Walt Disney as a feature-length animated film that was never made.

The 1984 film, Gremlins, produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Joe Dante, is loosely inspired by Dahl’s characters, featuring evil and destructive monsters which mutate from small furry creatures.

img_0932The rules:
do not expose to bright lights or sunlight
do not let it get wet
and remember, no matter how it crys or begs, never feed it after midnight.

Roald Dahl on Film – Film Hub Wales and Chapter as Film Hub Lead Organisation, have put together a major, UK-wide programme designed to celebrate the most magnificent Welsh storyteller, Roald Dahl.  The programme will see an extraordinary array of film screenings and supporting activity delivered across the UK from the release of The BFG in July 2016, through to the centenary of his birth on the 13 September.

2016 is the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth. Storyhouse join the celebrations with a series of films based on and inspired by his writing: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryMatilda and Gremlins

gremlins-movie-image1Roman Gardens, Chester
Thursday 25th August at 19.30
The Measure: cinema ticket

Moonlight Flicks – Matilda (PG) #chesterculture

PG | Dir: Danny Devito | 1996 | 98 mins | USA |
Cast: Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Pam Ferris, Embeth Davidtz

Danny DeVito brings the Roald Dahl classic to the screen in this 1996 adaption which sees our heroine’s story moved from the UK to the US.

Matilda, a bright young genius ignored and mistreated by  her parents, escapes into books. As a result of her genius Matilda develops telekinetic powers. When Matilda starts school at Crunchem Hall, she befriends several children and learns of Trunchbull’s,  the school’s tyrannical principal, violent nature and overtly harsh punishments of the students. Miss Honey is a kind woman who adores her class and takes an immediate liking to Matilda.

With Miss Honey, can Matilda teach the evil grown-ups a lesson and find a happiness?

Roald Dahl on Film – Film Hub Wales and Chapter as Film Hub Lead Organisation, have put together a major, UK-wide programme designed to celebrate the most magnificent Welsh storyteller, Roald Dahl.  The programme will see an extraordinary array of film screenings and supporting activity delivered across the UK from the release of The BFG in July 2016, through to the centenary of his birth on the 13 September.

2016 is the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth. Storyhouse join the celebrations with a series of films based on and inspired by his writing: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryMatilda and Gremlins

Roman Gardens, Chester
Tuesday 16th August at 19.45
The Measure: cinema ticket

Moonlight Flicks -Willy Wonka & the Choclate Factory (U) #chesterculture

U | Dir: Mel Stuart | 1971 | 100 mins | USA |
Cast: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

Despite being disowned by Dahl, this 1971 musical film adaption of Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory remains as one of the most popular versions of any of his books committed to celluloid.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory tells the story of Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) as he receives a Golden Ticket and visits Willy Wonka’s (Gene Wilder) chocolate factory with four other children from around the world.

Roald Dahl on Film – Film Hub Wales and Chapter as Film Hub Lead Organisation, have put together a major, UK-wide programme designed to celebrate the most magnificent Welsh storyteller, Roald Dahl.  The programme will see an extraordinary array of film screenings and supporting activity delivered across the UK from the release of The BFG in July 2016, through to the centenary of his birth on the 13 September.

2016 is the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth. Storyhouse join the celebrations with a series of films based on and inspired by his writing: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryMatilda and Gremlins

Roman Gardens, Chester
Tuesday 26th July at 20.30 and Wednesday 10th August at 20.00
Castle Park, Frodsham
Sunday 24th July at 20.00
Ashton Park, West Kirby
Thursday 4th August at 20.15
The Measure: cinema ticket

Moonlight Flicks – The Artist (PG) #chesterculture

PG | Dir: Michel Hazanavicius | 2011 | 98 mins | France / USA |
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman

A glorious tribute to the early years of Hollywood, The Artist is truly a film that will make you laugh and cry in the best of the golden age tradition.

Peppy Miller is a rising star but can she save the career of her former mentor, silent film star George Valentin?

The film undoubtedly features the best performance by a dog in the form of George’s loyal and highly trained Jack Russell terrier who just about steals the show.

Roman Gardens, Chester
Saturday 6th August at 20.15, Tuesday 9th August at 20.00 and Wednesday 24th August at 19.30
Ashton Park, West Kirby
Friday 5th August at 20.15

Moonlight Flicks – Inside Out (U) #chesterculture

U | Dir: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen | 2015 | 102 mins | USA |
Cast: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith

When Riley is uprooted from her Midwestern life because her dad has a new job in San Francisco she and her emotions – Joy, Anger, Fear, Sadness and Disgust – have a bumpy ride as she has to adapt to her new surroundings.

The brilliant as ever Pixar studio brings to life the workings of a young person’s brain in this funny, sad, revealing, imaginative, and spectacular animation. One for all the family to enjoy.

Roman Gardens, Chester
Thursday 4th August at 20.15, Sunday 20th August at 19.45 and Tuesday 23rd August at 19.30
Castle Park, Frodsham
Friday 29th July at 20.30
Ashton Park, West Kirby
Sunday 14th August at 20.00
The Measure: cinema ticket

Moonlight Flicks – Thelma & Louise (15) #chesterculture

15 | Dir: Ridley Scott | 1991| 131 mins | USA |
Cast: Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, Brad Pitt, Harvey Keitel

An iconic and seminal road movie with one of the most memorable female friendships on screen (and off).

Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) have grown tired of their mundane jobs, emotionally void boyfriends/husbands and the constraints of their small town and decide to take hold of the wheel of their own lives!

Roman Gardens, Chester
Wednesday 27th July at 20.30 and Tuesday 2nd August at 20.15
The Measure: cinema ticket

 

Moonlight Flicks -Jurassic World (12)

12 | Dir: Colin Trevorrow | 2015 | 124 mins | USA|
Cast: Chris Platt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins

This blockbuster action moive starring Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreations, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Lego Movie) is set 22 years after the events in the original 1993 classic, Jurassic Park.

Jurassic World takes place on the same fictional island of Isla Nublar, off the Pacific coast of Central America , where a theme park populated with cloned dinosaurs has operated for ten years. The park plunges into chaos when a genetically created dinosaur breaks loose and goes on a rampage across the island.

Fingers crossed for no such problems with the dinosaurs coming to Chester this summer

Roman Gardens, Chester
Friday 29th July – 20.30, Saturday 13th August – 20.00, Thursday 18th August – 19.45, Friday 26th August – 19.30
Castle Park, Frodsham
Tuesday 26th July – 20.30
Ashton Park, West Kirby
Saturday 6th August – 20.15
The Measure: cinema ticket

Moonlight Flicks – Mad Max: Fury Road (15) #chesterculture

15 | Dir: George Miller | 2015 | 120 mins | Australia / USA |
Cast: Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult

Re-booting the Mad Max franchise in spectacular style, Mad Max: Fury Road proved both a critical and commercial hit nominated for and winning a string of Oscars. Tom Hardy plays drifter Max who stands alongside rebel Furiosa (Charlize Theron) as she leads an uprising against the tyrannical ruler of the post-apocalyptic world.

A pulsating, adrenaline-fuelled road movie.

Roman Gardens, Chester
Saturday 9th July – 20.45, Wednesday 13th July – 20.45, Friday 22nd July – 8.30, Wednesday 3rd August – 20.15, Thursday 11th August – 20.00
Castle Park, Frodsham
Saturday 23rd July – 20.30
Ashton Park, West Kirby
Saturday 13th August – 20.00
The Measure: cinema ticket