There's a storm brewing for the young members of Minerva Arts in Chester as they prepare to stage their new show.

The seniors youth theatre for ages 11-18 have been working hard over the last few weeks on the Shakespeare classic The Tempest which will be performed at the University of Chester’s Kingsway Campus on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2.

The show will transform the performance space at the Kingsway Campus into a new world, enabling the audience to move around with the actors and take a journey through the story.

The members have had a great deal of input into the creation of this piece and this classic story will be retold in typical Minerva-style with a quirky new twist.

Minerva Arts delighted to announce this years must see play The Tempest

Artistic director Steph Brocken said: “This is the first time that Minerva Youth Theatre have tackled a Shakespeare piece and The Tempest provides not only a great challenge for the young people but also an opportunity to put their characteristic spin on a classic and well-known story.”

Minerva Arts was founded in 2009 by Steph Brocken and Hayley Wood, two ex-students of the University of Chester.

Since taking over the youth theatre group in 2011 they have made a name for themselves in creating unusual and contemporary performance and The Tempest is no different.

Kate Griffiths (seniors), Cerys Brown, Ethan Prosser, Hamish Hutcheson (seven-11), Beth Short, Eve Griffiths (seniors)

This performance forms part of a season of work being shared by all three of Minerva Youth Theatre’s groups.

This season is completed by Malpas Youth Theatre’s new piece Whodunnit?, to be performed on Thursday, March 31 at 7.30pm at Malpas Young Person’s Centre. Dark Ark Lane, created by the seven-11 group, was performed on Saturday, March 26 at Cheshire Military Museum.

For more information about any of these performances, please visit the website at

The Tempest is being generously supported by the Foyle Foundation and Cllr Richard Beacham’s Member Budget.

Tickets are available on the door costing £6 for adults and £4 for concessions.