Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre’s Young Theatre Company is to return for the fourth consecutive year this summer.

The young persons’ project works with leading industry experts to write, stage and perform a new play, performed at the unique open air theatre.

For 2014, the project will work with Lisa Goldman, a playwright and leading theatre director who has taught at Rada, Goldsmiths and City University.

Creative workshop leader Lisa Goldman and Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatres Young Theatre director Frejya Winterson
Creative workshop leader Lisa Goldman and Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatres Young Theatre director Frejya Winterson
 

Last Friday, six of the region’s best young writing talent came together for a creative workshop led by Goldman and Young Theatre director Freyja Winterson.

The result of the workshop will be this year’s play and a series of monologues, also to be performed  at the theatre.

Freyja, 23, from Chester, said: “The writing workshop with Lisa Goldman was my first chance to  meet and get to know some participants of the 2014 Young Company project. All of the proposals  carry great promise and we were bowled over by the writers' drive and creativity.

“We had a challenging and inspiring afternoon exploring storytelling, character, structure and writing for the unique space that is Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.”

The play will be performed in front of an audience on August  18-19, starring young people based  in the region.

The Young Theatre Company is part of Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, this year staging Shakespeare’s Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors with a new adaptation of classic children’s story The Secret Garden.

For more information visit  www.chesterperforms.com/youngtheatre.

More movies in the moonlight

Cinema-goers don their headphones while watching one of the Moonlight Flicks presentations in the Roman Gardens
Cinema-goers don their headphones while watching one of the Moonlight Flicks presentations in the Roman Gardens
 

Moonlight Flicks, Chester Performs’ magical movie season, returns this summer for an extended programme of film screenings.

Showing a selection of family favourites, cult classics and animation blockbusters five nights a week from July 8–August 30, the unique open air cinema is set for another sell out season.

Producer Jenna Beaty said: “Last summer, Moonlight Flicks was a huge hit. The selection of great films, the wireless headphones ensuring perfect audio and the beautiful and intimate setting all make for a magical experience.

“We’re expecting high levels of interest this year and urge people to book in advance to ensure they don’t miss out.”

Screenings at the unique cinema take place Tuesday-Saturday evenings throughout July and August at the Roman Gardens, an intimate park in the city centre, situated above the Groves.

And, this year, for the first time, every alternate Saturday sees Moonlight Flicks on tour at Castle Park in Frodsham.

Audiences are encouraged to bring everything they need including camping chairs, cushions and blankets along with plenty of food and drink.

Disney classic The Jungle Book and Pixar hit The Incredibles are being offered to families and fans of animated fiction alike.

Hitchcock thriller Vertigo and cult classic Leon will be screened along with Ealing comedy The Lavender Hill Mob .

Hollywood’s all time beauties Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn will star in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Breakfast at Tiffany’s respectively.

Multi award-winning French cinema classic Jean de Florette will also grace the Moonlight Flicks screen.

Tickets are on sale now priced at just £8.50/£7 and, as with all Chester Performs’ work, accompanied under 12s go free.

For full listings and to book, visit www.moonlightflicks.com. All films start from 8.45pm.