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stop loan sharks
Minerva Arts are proud to announce that we have been awarded funds from the Stop Loan Sharks initative to develop an innovative new Forum Theatre project to raise awareness of Illegal Money Lending to communities in Chester and Cheshire.
The Stop Loan Sharks fund makes use of money that has been seized from illegal money lending and re-purposed to try and put a stop to this cruel and exploitative enterprise.
Our project will work with second year students from the University of Chester to develop a piece of Forum Theatre using real life stories from individuals in our area that have been victims of Illegal Money Lending. The piece will go on our to colleges and community venues alongside a package of support for audiences to steer clear of this illegal practice.
The project will begin in earnest in October with performances happening in February- March 2018. If you would like to find out more, share your story or request a performance, please get in touch here.
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!
It's all about YOuth Theatre!!
September is here again and the start dates for our new term at Minerva Youth Theatre are...
Chester Seniors Wednesday 6th September, 7-9pm @ Kingsway Campus
Malpas YT Thursday 7th September, 6-8pm @ Malpas Young Person's Centre
Chester 711 Saturday 23rd September, 10am-12 @ The Unity Centre, Chester.
minerva comes to tarvin
As part of our involvement in the National 'Active Youth' programme led by UK Youth, we will be holding a full day drama masterlass at Tarvn Community Centre on the 24th August.
This session is open to all young people aged between 11 and 18 and will provide a 'whistle-stop tour' of several different drama techniques.
This is the first time that we have brought activty to Tarvin for four years and, if successful, we will be looking at the possibility of starting another of our satellite groups here!
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
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