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.

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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!

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Billy Elliot: The Musical – Monday 11th to Saturday 16th July 2016 – Christleton High School #chesterculture

Following the closing of Billy Elliot the Musical in London’s West End earlier this year, after 11 years and nearly 5000 performances, the show has now started a national tour and, at the same time, been released for schools to perform.

Christleton High School in Chester is one of the first schools in the country to be granted a license and they are now in final rehearsals for their production of the smash hit musical about a boy from the northeast of England, living through the miner’s strike of 1984, who finds he has a natural talent for ballet.

The heart-warming story and memorable music, set against the backdrop of political and social turmoil in Thatcher-era Britain make for a show which quite rightly deserves its reputation as one of the most successful musicals in West End history.

img_1008Year 7 student Ben Rackham, from Barrow, landed the dream role of Billy following hard fought auditions back in February and has been working hard to master the lengthy and complex choreography required for the show, as well as learning a lot of lines and songs.

The show’s Director, Simon Phillips, said “Ben is a star; he is so modest and takes everything in his stride. As one of the youngest boys in year 7 he will still be just 11 years old when he plays the part next month and the weight of the whole show rests on him in many ways. But, he is a very confident and talented performer and will really wow the audiences, I’m sure.”

In addition to Ben, some 70 students appear in the cast of the show and a further dozen or more will be working behind the scenes alongside the professional 9-piece band and theatre experts who help to create the technical elements of the show.

Mr Phillips said “We try, each year, to raise the bar in terms of what we are able to do with our productions and this year is no different. The company of nearly 100 students, staff and theatre professionals are so enthusiastic about this show and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to produce it.”

The school, following successes in recent years with We Will Rock You, Joseph, Oliver!, The Lion King and Our House, is developing a reputation for producing annual musical theatre shows which aim for high standards in terms of both artistic and technical achievement. With music written by Elton John and  the script and lyrics by Lee Hall, who wrote the screenplay for the film this is going to be one not to miss.

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
Monday 11th to Saturday 16th July 2016
Christleton High School
Tickets £8 available by clicking the link below.

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Under The Blue Sky – Chester Little Theatre – Saturday 2nd to Saturday 9th July 2016 – #chesterculture

Chester Theatre Club are proud to present their summer play ‘Under the Blue Sky’ directed by Andy Hutchings which opens on Saturday 2nd July 2016.

Under the Blue Sky is a roller-coaster of a play that looks at the full spectrum of love. In three subtly-linked acts, the play tells the stories of six teachers and the mess of obsessions, jealousies, indifference and affections that lie between them as they discuss love and lust with boldness and honesty, as the playwright studies unrequited affection, obsession, sex, and even being happy. It was first performed in 2000 at London’s Royal Court Theatre.

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Nick and Helen (Jess Toyne and Ally Goodman pictured left) have been friends for three years since they slept together once, but they’ve got very different feelings about Nick taking a new job at a public school.

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In the next act, a drunken Michelle (Leah Bell, pictured right) is very determined to sleep with her faithful confidant, the virginal history teacher Graham, but the recital of her various liaisons leads to a sinister reversal of the seduction.

Finally, two older teachers, Robert and Anne, who have spent the school holidays together for many years, look up at the sky and begin to hope they could be happy.

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Joining the cast is newcomer to Chester Theatre Club, Ally Goodman, an Events & Arts Co-Ordinator by day. Ally is well known in Llangollen, his home town, where last year he played Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers and more recently at Grove Park Theatre Wrexham where he was seen in their very successfully production of The Ladykillers.

Please note: This is a very frank, open play which contains some scenes of an adult sexual nature. Recommended audience age is fifteen and above.

Under The Blue Sky
Chester Little Theatre
Saturday 2nd to Saturday 9th July 2016
Tickets £9.00
Concession price of £7.50 for seniors, students and unemployed on first Saturday, Monday and Tuesday evenings only.
Admin charges apply to online and telephone bookings
Book by calling TicketSource: 0333 666 3366 or click here to book online.

 

Chester Theatre Club New Writing Showcase: PERSPECTIVE – Saturday 18th June 2016 #chesterculture

This Saturday evening, sees another fabulous free showcase of performances from the talented writers at Chester Theatre Club.

This time the theme is Perspective: the works on offer will show us the world from a whole new angle or point of view.

Comedy, drama, monologues and more await, so come on down and enjoy some original and thought-provoking pieces from some of Chester’s finest new writing talent.

There’s something for everybody on offer, from dark psychological murder monologues to light hearted romances, fascinating confessions and heart-breaking historical pieces.

Chester Little Theatre is very excited to bring you this unique opportunity to see new and experimental writing as well as exclusive extracts from works in progress.

The show will run from 7:30pm to 10pm with a short intermission in the middle and will feature thirteen works by ten superb writers.

All performances are done script-in-hand as rehearsed readings, as Chester Theatre Clubs actors very kindly step in to bring to life the words of the talented writers.

CTC New Writing Showcase: Perspective
Chester Little Theatre
Saturday 18th June 2016
Bar opens at 7pm. Shows starts at 7.30pm.
Join the event on Facebook by clicking here

#chesterculture – Minerva Arts ‘In Bloom’ mini-season – St Mary’s Creative Space –  Saturday 4th June and Tuesday 7th June 2016

This Saturday sees the launch of ‘In Bloom’, a ‘mini-season’ at St. Mary’s- A Creative Space in Chester City Centre.
This season will consist of two events that have been programmed and managed by Work Based Learning students from the University of Chester working on behalf of local arts education and development charity Minerva Arts.

The first event will be brought to you by Influx Arts, whose multi-art form cabarets have become regular occurrences in Chester’s cultural calendar.
On Saturday 4th June at 7.30pm the doors will open for an evening of new theatre, dance, comedy and music. These events are not to be missed and give local artists the opportunity to showcase their talents.

The second event will be held on Tuesday 7th June and will be led by local graduate dance company Encompass Collective who will be sharing an evening of contemporary dance from talented local artists. This event will also open at 7.30pm.

 

So if you’re looking for a good night out and an opportunity to support local artists in the stunning setting of St Mary’s, get yourselves along to these events and help make ‘In Bloom’ a regular season.

 

Minerva Arts In Bloom Season

St Mary’s Creative Space

Saturday 4th June and Tuesday 7th June 2016

Tickets available on the door or online here.

Saturday – £5 plus booking fee 

Tuesday – £4 plus booking fee


Under The Blue Sky – Chester Little Theatre – Saturday 2nd to Tuesday 7th July 2016 – #chesterculture

img_0849Chester Theatre Club are currently in rehearsal for their summer play Under the Blue Sky, directed by Andy Hutchings, which opens on 2nd July.

Under the Blue Sky is a roller-coaster of a play that looks at the full spectrum of love. A set of three separate but intertwined two-handers, the play tells the stories of six teachers and the mess of obsessions, jealousies, indifference and affections that lie between them. Each play has a unique style, pair of characters and theme, but all three seamlessly blend together to tell a common story. It was first performed in 2000 at London’s Royal Court Theatre.

Joining the cast is newcomer to Chester Theatre Club, Ally Goodman, an Events & Arts Co-Ordinator by day. Ally is well known in Llangollen, his home town, where last year he played Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers and more recently at Grove Park Theatre Wrexham where he was seen in their very successfully production of The Ladykillers.

Please note: This is a very frank, open play which contains some scenes of an adult sexual nature. Recommended audience age is fifteen and above.


Under The Blue Sky
Chester Little Theatre
Saturday 2nd to Tuesday 7th July 2016
Tickets £9.00
Concession price of £7.50 for seniors, students and unemployed on first Saturday, Monday and Tuesday evenings only.
Admin charges apply to online and telephone bookings
Book by calling TicketSource: 0333 666 3366 or click here to book online.

#chesterculture – Storyhouse announce Grosvenor Park Open Theatre 2016 Cast

Storyhouse has announced full cast for this summer’s Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre taking place 1st July – 21st August 2016.Featuring a company made up of equal numbers of men and women, the season will stage productions of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Stig of the Dump and As You Like It.

The ensemble cast will perform across all 3 productions: As You Like It – directed by Philip Wilson, Stig of the Dump – directed by Derek Bond and The Two Gentlemen of Verona directed by Alex Clifton.

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Playing Stig in the brand new adaptation by Olivier winner, Jessica Swale is John Seaward, he will also play Jacques in As You Like It. Previous roles include Big John in cult comedy The Inbetweeners and Luke in the BBC’s Survivors. For theatre he played the BFG for the Bolton Octogan.

Stig of the Dump’s Barney will be played by LAMDA graduate Anton Cross, he will also play Le Beau in As You Like It.

Barney’s sister Lou will be played by Charlotte Miranda-Smith, previous theatre work includes Susan in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh) and Maria in West Side Story (Royal Conservatoire Scotland).
She was a finalist for The Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year and will play Celia in As You Like It.

From Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre’s 2013’s productions of Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cyrano de Bergerac is Katherine Toy, who will play Grandma in Stig of the Dump; other recent theatre works include Merlin at Theatre Royal Northampton and The Prince and the Pauper for Unicorn Theatre.

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Rosalind will be played by Rose O’Loughlin. Recent theatre works include The Lieutenant of Inishmore at The Royal Lyceum, Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class at The Abbey, Dublin.

Orlando will be played by Fred Lancaster previously seen in This House (National Theatre), Henry V (Michael Grandage Company/West End), The Silver Tassie (National Theatre).

Touchstone will be played by Ben Tolley, theatre includes The Wind in the Willows (Lord Chamberlain’s Men) and The Snow Queen for Chester based Theatre in the Quarter .

Fresh from last year’s season playing Nurse in the acclaimed Romeo & Juliet is Danielle Henry, she will play As You Like It’s Phoebe.

Ian Harris who will portray Duke Frederick in As You Like It and Grandad in Stig of the Dump has appeared in theatres throughout the UK and beyond.
Favourite roles include Teddy in The Homecoming and Fabian in Twelfth Night at York Theatre Royal.

Graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Kate Marlais will play Amiens in As You Like It.
Recent theatre work includes Rent (Broadway) and War Horse (New London Theatre)

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Jacques Lecoq graduate. Robert Willoughby will star as Valentine in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Oliver in As You Like It. His recent theatre work includes The Adventure at the Lyric Hammersmith and Grimm Tales for Young and Old at the Bargehouse.

 

Harry Livingstone will play Charles in As You Like It and Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Old Vic graduate, Pippa Moss will play Hisperia in As You Like It, the teacher in Stig of the Dump and Julia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Recent theatre work includes Macbeth for the Guildford Shakespeare Company.

LAMDA graduate, Hatty Preston, who originated the role of Minty in Jennifer Saunders’ Viva Forever (Piccadilly Theatre)  will play Audrey in As You Like It, Lil in Stig of the Dump and Silvia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Johnson Willis will play Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Johnson is no stranger to Chester having worked extensively at Theatr Clywd where he has appeared in Silas Marner, Twelve Night, King Lear, Troilus and Cressida, The Cherry Orchard, Happy End and Animal Farm.

Tickets for Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre are on sale now.

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#chesterculture – TipTop Productions find a new home in Wrexham

Celebrations with a musical flavour have been held to mark a local theatre company’s latest milestone achievement.

Members of Chester based theatre company Tip Top Productions gathered to celebrate the acquisition of their new Wrexham premises, the former Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Park Street. The venue, now known as Park Street Studio will provide enhanced rehearsal facilities for the group.

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img_0823The Studio was officially opened by The Chairman and founder of Tip Top, Peter Swingler OBE. Members were then invited by musical director Simon Phillips to join in the first “sing through” of songs from the musical “Oklahoma!” which is being performed by the company at The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester from 11th – 20th August.

Speaking about acquiring their new premises, Peter said “When I established Tip Top in 1989 my dream was to set down our roots in our own premises; that vision has materialised today with the purchase of these superb premises in Wrexham. We look forward to continuing producing our work at the Forum Studio in Chester and other venues including Theatr Clwyd in Mold and Storyhouse in Chester while we rehearse our shows in Park Street Studio, Wrexham”.

Tip Top has also announced that auditions are to be held on 5th June for budding T-birds, Pink Ladies and the iconic roles of Danny and Sandy for Tip Top’s upcoming production of the smash hit musical ‘Grease’ which will be staged at Theatr Clwyd in October.

Full details about Tip Top Productions, upcoming shows, audition opportunities and how to get involved can be found at www.chestertheatre.co.uk

#chesterculture – The Lost Carnival is almost here! Will you support #teamingénue or #teambird? #thelostcarnival

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The Lost Carnival is thrilled to announce a Charleston Dance Off which you can watch online now.

Created by Axis Arts Centre – based at Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire, choreographed by MMUC dance graduate Jordan Williams and supported by a team of six students from the Department of Contemporary Arts, the Charleston Dance-Off will feature throughout the carnival, instructing audiences throughout the evening to learn a swing and jive routine in preparation for a Birds vs. Ingénues dance finale!

Jodie Gibson, Axis Arts Centre Director, says “The carnival thrives on the participation of audiences and what better way to involve them than a high-energy, give-it-a-go dance routine. We are delighted to be working with The Lost Carnival team on this commission, enabling performance students to demonstrate their skills, whilst gaining valuable experience within a professional, high quality outdoor arts event in their University town”.

The Birds and the Ingénues, have been scouring the world to recruit some incredible performers who will join them.

Browse their family albums, get costume ideas, listen to the podcasts and make a choice who to support at www.thelostcarnival.org.uk.

The Birds exude mystery and swagger, dark glamour and intoxicating performance. They are out to clear their name after being accused of sabotage at the 2015 Lost Carnival in Bury. Encounter the charismatic leader of The Bird Carnival, Sergei Bird, their glittering star and aerial gymnast Anastasiya Abramovich and the mischevious Maks Mager the magician at the event. Also performing for #teambird are incredible circus artist and trampoline acrobat Max Calaf Seve, master multi-tasker Rimski on his unique bicycle piano and La Sibylle, a curious female prophetess.

The Ingénues seem to be the heroes of the story with sequins, sparkle and colourful shine aplenty. Look out for Popo Ingénue, the Ingénue Carnival’s inspirational and adventurous leader, Strongman Ivor Pavlov and the impeccable Clare V’oyant at the event. Also performing for #teamingénue are Pif Paf Theatre with Planetary – 3 travellers on their spinning planet forged from 80 metres of steel pipe – plus unforgettable aerial tree-top performance and ground acrobatics from Whispering Woods.

It looks like they weren’t always such rivals though…

Getting the entire carnival crowd going will be the infectious Voodoo Love Orchestra with their big band sounds, plus many other intriguing acts.

Show your support for The Birds or The Ingénues throughout the evening (they will need your help) and witness a thrilling culmination if you dare.

David Agnew, Producer of The Lost Carnival and Director of So It Is says “We can’t wait to step into the unforgettable world of the Lost Carnival this May and welcome audiences for an evening of adventure as two of the greatest carnivals of all time battle for your affections. The Birds and the Ingénues need your family to decide who you will support. Share with your family and friends which carnival family you think should reign supreme using #teambird #teamingenue and #thelostcarnival. We are now counting down the days to find out who will win The Battle of the Carnivals.”

The Battle of the Carnivals is a story beyond your wildest imagination from award-winning producers Wild Rumpus (Just So Festival) and So It Is (Bury Met, Ramsbottom Festival), brought to life by theatre partner LASTheatre. Meet The Birds and The Ingénues – two rival carnival families battling for supremacy. Expect spellbinding theatre and enthralling installations, circus, music, visual trickery and sideshows. Enjoy a magical evening with family and friends.

Will you support #teamingénue or #teambird? Their fate is in your hands as the audience gets to choose who will be crowned the most glorious carnival ever at the end of each evening.
 
Start the adventure now. Buy tickets, choose which family you will support, follow the podcast, intriguing clues, secret messages, dressing up and reading inspiration.

The Lost Carnival
Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May 2016
Queen’s Park, Crewe
£12

Under 3 years: Free
Sign up to the newsletter at www.thelostcarnival.org.uk

Follow The Lost Carnival on Facebook and Twitter #thelostcarnival.  

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#chesterculture – What’s he building in there? New photos and an update on Chester’s new Cultural Centre, Storyhouse.

New photos of Storyhouse, Chester’s brand new cultural centre, taken by Mark Carline show the latest developments behind the hoardings of the country’s largest regional arts project currently under construction.

It is week 64 of the build, from the photographs viewers can see the auditorium where nearly all of the intricate high level electrical and pipework is complete to allow the scaffolding to be shortly removed. It will reveal a unique theatre space that transforms from an 800 seat proscenium arch design to a 500 seat, more intimate thrust.

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The construction of the circle level seating structure is progressing and works to the stalls and upper circle will start shortly.

The cinema enclosure has been formed and the fit out internally has commenced. Films of all types will be screened inside the boutique space, that will show up to 4 films a day.

Externally the copper cladding works are progressing.

Inside the former Odeon building – set to be library spaces, complete with ‘wet room’ for children to play in and study spaces – works are ‘well advanced’ with decoration, flooring and shelving left to complete.

Works are progressing well to the main Odeon space where it is easy to see the new cinema and bar areas taking shape. Externally, the installation of the cast glass is now complete to the north and west elevations and will start shortly on the south.

When the building opens Storyhouse will combine theatre, library, cinema and restaurant spaces.

To find out more visit storyhouse.com