Christmas Drama Club

Minerva Arts in Chester is bringing a creative theatre workshop for young people to Tarvin Community Centre on Thursday December 28th. Running from 10.00 until 3.00 the session will concentrate on seasonal storytelling and the creation of short plays to be performed for family and friends. The day has been organised for children from 7 – 13 and is run by qualified and experienced personnel. The cost will be £10 for the day.

Minerva Arts was formed in 2007 by two University of Chester graduates and aims to develop a range of creative skills in young people. Drama can be a way of building up the ‘soft skills’ that can be overlooked in today’s tight and prescriptive curriculum. As well as developing the imagination, drama helps young people cooperate with others, focus on a common goal and build up self-confidence in public. It is also a great way to make friends and to have fun in a safe and nurturing environment.

If you know of a young person who would enjoy such a session then do get in touch with Minerva at youththeatre@minervaarts.com or give Hollie, their Youth Theatre Manager, a call on 07787 747870

Minerva have also booked a number of similar sessions at Tarvin during the holidays in the early part of 2018. If there is sufficient interest shown, then there may be an opportunity for the establishment of a more permanent youth theatre group in the Community Centre at a later date.

For more information about Minerva Arts go to www.minervaarts.com

 

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The Art Cart Cometh!

If you are going to bring your child, grandchild or best mate along to Tales of Birbal on November 3rd then you will get a craft session as well – free of charge!

The show is part of the Big Imaginations Festival of Children’s Theatre, and this creative extra is all part of the fun. Cheshire Rural Touring Arts have acquired the services of local artist Andy Leigh who will have all the material to produce some of the items featured in the show. I think crows might feature!

If you have tickets you can come along about 5.00pm and join in the fun with Andy before the show starts at 6.00pm.

 Tickets for the show are very much available both online and at the Post Office and are priced at £6 for grown-ups and £4 for children.  Promoter Sue Hardacre says “It seems that people are taking a bit of time to make up their minds, but I am sure that this colourful production of tales from India will entertain”

 

A comment from a parent who has recently seen the show says in a Facebook post to Mashi Theatre “Just wanted to drop a quick note to say how fantastic the show was!! I came to see you today at Melton Library, with my three year old and six year old daughters, and we all LOVED the show! Thank you!”

Sue says, “The show is advertised for 5/6 year olds, but this sounds that even younger children will enjoy it”

Go to www.ticketsource.co.uk/cheshireruraltouringarts to make sure of your place and plan to have tea a bit earlier and join in the fun.

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Improvement Plans Approved

At their Committee meeting on Tuesday evening (Oct 3rd) the Community Centre Committee agreed to start development work on Phase One of their Improvement Plan. This consists of work to the Main Hall that is intended to improve conditions for all users. The work to be undertaken is:

New suspended ceiling

New lighting to create a wide variety of effects for different events.

Power operated black-out blinds on the mansard windows to remove the sound -deadening  curtains

Improvements to the high-level walkway to improve safety.

Alan Wilkinson, Chairman of the Committee said “We have ambitious plans for the Centre but need to split the work into manageable sections. This first phase is intended to bring benefits to most Centre users. The work should cost about £80,000 so we must now produce a properly costed and detailed plan to put before potential grant – awarding bodies”

The continued regular use of the building and the support of the community for events has enabled the Community Centre to amass a fund of about £35,000 to put towards the building works. The new storage building, due to start in December, has already been budgeted for and the Committee always keep a significant fund in reserve to meet contingences. Alan says, “It is essential that the support we get from the community is translated into necessary and obvious improvements to the Centre so that everyone can benefit from them. Everything we make from the support we get will be ploughed back into the building”

Improvements to be looked at in Phase Two focus on updating the stage including lighting, access from the Hall and technical ancillaries.

The Committee is also very keen to improve the heating and ventilation system, but appreciates that this is the responsibility of the landlord, CW&C. While appreciating that budgets are tight, they agreed to ask CW&C to consider replacing the existing system with more modern and efficient one that would be cost-effective in the long term.

Anyone who would like to get involved in helping to deliver these improvements is welcome to contact Alan (01829 740868) or any Committee member.

 

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CARETAKER VACANCY

Since CWaC made a number of Caretakers redundant, we have had various issues/problems in retaining the service that was so ably provided by Rob. We always knew floors would be clean and facilities would be ready and laid out as necessary for customer hirings.

Now that such services are out-sourced by the Council, there has been great difficulty in providing the service that was agreed when the lease was granted. Because of this, it has been agreed that we can advertise for such a position. The Caretaker would be working as part of Qwest, reporting to the Cleaning Manager, for 15 hours a week with an element of flexibility.

If you would like an informal chat about the position, do feel free to call Alan Wilkinson on 01829 740868 or email him on a.wilkinson@btinternet.com
The very full description and how to apply can be found by clicking the link below or scan the QR code.

APPLY HERE

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Cheshire Rural Touring Arts Looks Forward With Confidence

Promoters from a number of Rural Touring venues met at Neston Town Hall on Saturday (Sept 2nd) to take stock of the scheme and to look to the future. Sue and Brian Hardacre represented Tarvin and are delighted to report that the future looks secure.

The first piece of good news confirmed was that CRTA, along with all other rural touring schemes in the country, received Arts Council funding, and for a four-year period rather than three years as before. This reflects the Arts council policy of supporting culture outside the capital and directing – some – funds away from large national/regional organisations.

Within Cheshire, rural touring remains healthy and robust. In 2016 there were 74 performances throughout the area which generated £34,675 in income. A Total of 4532 people attended giving an average attendance of 61. The figures show a rise across the board with comparable figures from 2015. £6884.00 was generated in online ticket sales with 868 tickets being purchased this way. Significant increases in the number of Twitter followers and Facebook likes were also noted.

CRTA continues to be involved with other arts organisations to develop new work, to increase the diversity of entertainment offered and to ensure the best possible financial rewards for both promoters and performers.

There are concerns however. The addition of VAT to ticket prices, a requirement from HMRC, is a potential problem. Tarvin, along with a number of other venues, already has a ticket price of £10 for adult shows and feels that this is the highest they can reasonably charge, so must absorb the VAT element. Promoters will be monitoring the bottom line with concern in the next couple of seasons. Sue says “While Tarvin does not seek to use theatre performances as a fund raiser as such,  we do like to cover costs and get some return from the hard work put in the promote the events. Consistent losses could force us to reconsider”

Attracting new audiences continues to be an issue. The average age of audiences tends to be 50/60+ and while their support is very much valued, all promoters are aware of the need to attract younger people. There was also a recognition that the cost of creating new work and maintaining touring schedules was rising fast and that there are fewer small theatre companies in the market and an increase in the number of one person shows to choose from. Reflecting that trend, the afternoon session showcased two story-telling performances; Sam Brady gave an exert from his show Kindness which outlined his personal journey from financial consultant to performer via a period as a Buddhist monk. Emily Hennessy gave a fascinating glimpse into Hindu mythology with a tale about the great goddess Kali. Both shows will appear on the menu next season.

The two shows on offer in Tarvin the autumn are:

Tales of Birbal – folk tales for children – Friday November 3rd at 6.00pm

Wuthering Heights – the Bronte classic – Saturday November 18th at 7.30pm

Tickets for both these events are now available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/cheshireruraltouringarts  and will be available for sale at the Post Office later.

 

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