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Youth theatre group looking forward to life after lockdown


A youth theatre group that managed to expand into Lymm online during lockdown is looking forward to returning to face-to-face activities.

With lockdown a dreaded word that no business, especially a theatrical one, wants to hear, Minerva Arts took it in their stride and continued delivering exciting workshops online, keeping young people engaged, entertained and stimulated. Vitally, the workshops also helped to keep young people’s spirits up during uncertain times.

Not only did Minerva maintain their original groups but they also started two new ones, building the confidence of new members online in Lymm and adding others onto an eagerly anticipated waiting list for Middlewich.
The great news is that they are now returning to venues and face to face working, where youth theatre sessions really come to life. All sessions are built around the ideas of our young people; whether they want to be orphans who run away to become pirates or people trying to find their way out of an all too real escape room scenario, Minerva are dedicated to making their imaginations come to life.
Minerva now runs six groups across Cheshire in Middlewich, Lymm, Upton, Malpas, Sandbach and Lache.
Mandy Roscoe, Youth Theatre Manager said “Growing up with a disabled parent there were not always opportunities for me to focus on purely my own needs. I joined youth theatre when I was six years old and never looked back. Youth theatre built up my self-esteem and social skills. Youth theatre allowed me to become the confident and independent adult I am today. I made friendships for life and at thirty four years old still maintain those relationships now. I actually performed many times with the founder of Minerva Arts!”
Minerva Youth Theatre helps to promote positive mental health allowing young people to forge supportive friendships. Members create new and contemporary performances. They are provided a safe space to explore how the arts can help them make an impact on their community with the support of experienced and enthusiastic staff.
Malpas, Middlewich, Sandbach and Lache start back in the week beginning the 19th April.
Upton and Lymm the week beginning the 26th April. A free taster session is always offered.
This term is a special one for Minerva and one where we can begin to look forward. Mandy added ‘Times have been tough for everyone affected by covid but I am thrilled about our restart. I can’t wait to push the tables back in my venue and start making some Minerva Magic!’ More information can be found on the website www.minervaarts.com or by contacting youththeatre@minervaarts.com.


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