A city youth theatre has been awarded £1,000 by the Earl of Chester’s Fund to help their dramatic art.

The Chester Theatre Club group plan to spend the money on a portable piano and a PA system to use at the Little Theatre in Newtown and to take with them for their community performances.

Youth leader Jenny Shryane said: “We heard about the Earl of Chester’s Fund for work taken into the community from a parent of one of our youth members.

“As we have always taken our performances into the community - right from our first production - we thought that we had a strong case. It is important for us that our youth theatre members experience not only their parents and friends as an audience at the Little Theatre but learn how to adapt to a wide variety of other, often non-theatrical venues and to an audience of people they don’t know who may be more critical.

“The Youth Theatre is now in its fifth year and during that time we have taken performances to Chester Lodge Care Home, St Anne’s Park, the Heritage Centre, Garden Lane Uniting Church, the Slow Boat Restaurant, Chester Cathedral, Chester University, the Vernon Institute, Rufus Court, Whitby Hall and Theatr Clwyd.

“We’re looking forward to taking our mini piano and its accessories with us to enhance future community performances.”

The next Youth Theatre production will be The Mince Pie Murders set in Mucksley Manor (any resemblance to an Agatha Christie mystery is purely coincidental!) to be performed at Chester Little Theatre in Gloucester Street, Chester on Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4 at 7.30 pm and on Saturday, December 5 at 2.30 pm in the Uniting Church in Garden Lane.

Entrance is free but donations to cover production costs are gratefully received.

Prince Charles is the current Earl of Chester. The Earl of Chester’s Fund provides donations to causes within Cheshire.