A drama club in Chester is welcoming a dramatic development after its pupils enrolled on to the Arts Award.

DramaPlus is a new drama school that meets at Christleton Parish Hall in Chester from 4pm until 6pm every Tuesday during term time.

The two-hour class is for children aged six and upwards who want to concentrate on their acting skills.

Since opening its doors, the school has begun work on its first production that will be staged next month.

Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it's creative, valuable and accessible.

Arts Award can be achieved at five levels; four accredited qualifications and an introductory award. Discover is the introductory award open to children and young people aged up to 25.

To achieve Discover, children and young people discover the arts around them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others, gaining a certificate at the end.

The natural progression from this award will be to work towards Explore and then Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Acting coach Kate Salmon said: “All of the pupils were really excited when we launched the project to them.

“They have already started work and are eager to achieve the qualification very quickly so that they can progress further.”