Latest news from minerva hq
The Souling Project
In December 2016, Minerva were thrilled to learn that we had achieved a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Sharing Heritage programme to run a brand new project called 'Souling'. This project is based on the re-visiting and re-invigorating of Folk Dramas known as 'Souling' or 'Soul-caking' plays that were performed throughout Cheshire, working with professional songwriters, musicians and directors.
Our locations for this project are:
and, with the support of our friends at Express Youth Theatre, Lymm.
Through this project we will be working to embed research skills, oral history techniques, song writing, script writing and a final performance of a revived version of the plays, each of which are unique to their location.
We are currently recruiting groups to take part in this project and if you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch. We are looking for schools, youth groups, uniformed groups, local history or special interest groups to join the project and will be holding some Open Days in our locations during March. Details will be posted here and on Social Media.
We will also be keeping a blog for the project on this site which will feature information about the project, the texts of the plays and photography and video from the project throughout the year. This can be found here.
Stay tuned to learn more!
Youth Theatre Dates
Minerva Arts would like to wish all our supporters, members and friends a very Happy Easter.
All our Youth Theatres will return in January on the following dates:
Seniors Wednesday 19th April
711 Saturday 22nd April
Malpas Thursday 20th April
First sessions as always are offered as a free taster with no obligation. For further information about each of groups please visit our Youth Theatre page. If you would like anymore information, please get in touch.
minerva youth theatre presents...
On 25th March, our Seniors and 711 came together for the first time to present an adaptation of Ibsen's classic text 'Peer Gynt'.
The show was a huge success and we want to thank everyone who was involved. The story doesn't end there, however, and the show will return for a special performance at the Nantwich Players Fsetival in May.
Arts award achievement in st helens
Minerva Arts have been working with St Helen's Young Carers over the Half Term break. Funded by the Arts Award Access Fund we worked with young people aged 13-17, and over the week they got involved in exciting drama and film making workshops. As part of the week they completed a Bronze Arts Award and went to Liverpool visiting the Beatles Story and the Tate. The project culminated in the group creating a video which aims to raise awareness of young carers in the borough. It was a brilliant week, with the young people having lots to be proud of.
Youth Theatre Case Studies
We recently decided to ask some of our former Youth Theatre members who are currenly off in the world making waves in performance to complete a case study for us about the impact that being part of Minerva Youth Theatre had on them.
Read Will and Marissa's stories on our Youth Theatre page.
Minerva Arts joins national programme
Minerva Arts is a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 8098260 and a Charity Registered in England and Wales No. 1149379