"Vigorous and Enthusiastic!'
- British Theatre Guide
"Dramatic and Effective"
- North West End
Thoughtful, moving and admirable...
"Brave and bold!"
- British Theatre Guide
- Liverpool Echo
“The Nativity is Cancelled!”
Government penny-pinching, excessive time-tabling and the mounting pressures placed on the overworked and underpaid staff have left the pupils of CANALSIDE PRIMARY feeling down and disappointed as they are informed that this year:
“The Nativity is cancelled”!
But, all is not lost…
Join Chalice Productions and The Boaty Theatre Company as we journey along with 'Canalside County Primary’s' determined Yr 6 and their plight to save this year's Christmas play!
An original Christmas comedy written and directed by Laura J Harris and featuring some of your favourite traditional yuletide carols as you’ve never quite heard them before!
**** "Brave and bold!" - British Theatre Guide
*** "Delightful." - Liverpool Echo
**** "Vigorous and enthusiastic!" - British Theatre Guide
**** "Thoughtful, moving and admirable." North West End
**** "...a dramatic and effective performance and a brilliant take on a very famous scene... one of my favourite re-enactments I’ve ever seen performed." - Sarah Goldsmith, North West End.
“Edith in the Dark” explores the darker tales and also the darker side of celebrated children’s author, Edith Nesbit (The Railway Children, Five children and It) as she retreats to the attic of the home she shares with her somewhat estranged husband, escaping the ‘boredom’ of yet another social gathering.
But, she is not alone.
Pursued by a mysterious partygoer, she is soon joined by her house keeper, Mrs Thricefold. As midnight approaches, Edith regales the pair - not her much-loved stories for children - but, her tales of terror. Amid this dark and claustrophobic setting a deeper mystery begins to unfold involving all three participants.
Tickets: £8 per adult (Discounts on Group Bookings)
Available from National Waterways Museum, S. Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 4FW
Dates: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December 2017
Time: 7:00pm (Arrive from 6:30pm)
We would encourage you to book your tickets in advance by calling the National Waterways Museum on 0151 355 5017 or by visiting the main reception at The National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 4FW.
**”Edith in the Dark” is NOT SUITABLE for anyone under the age of 12 years old**
Chalice Productions’ youth performance wing - The Boaty Theatre Company - has been selected as one of only 250 youth performance groups across the whole of the UK to take part in the National Theatre Connections Festival 2018. This wonderful news came just as the Creative Development Team were planning a new ‘recruitment drive’ to discover, coach and promote yet more local, talented and energetic young performers for as Head of Design, Terasa Newton, aptly noted “The problem with our brilliant and gifted youngsters is that they keep growing up!”
Being selected to take part in the National Theatre Connections Festival is an incredible achievement indeed and a massive honour that will bring great opportunities both directly to the young people involved and to the wider area of the town besides; placing Ellesmere Port securely on the map in terms of the creative and performing arts industry at a national level.
We will be actively looking for talented 13-19 year-olds with a flair and passion for the dramatic and creative arts to get involved, so more information on auditions and how to get involved with The Boaty Theatre Company, please email [email protected].
Thank you to all those involved with and all those who came along to support us during our green-spaces tour of
"A Midsummer Night's Dream"
It was great to see so many families and so many youngsters at the performances!
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In 2012 Laura Harris stumbled upon a group of local young actors who were helping make a student film at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port. Realising their potential she took them under her wing and was part of the driving force that saw a youth program at the museum come to life, enabling you people in the area to work on productions and work with organisations such as the RSC, MIKRON and MATE Productions.
The same year the group embarked on a Halloween project bringing the site to life with over 100 actors from local theatre groups telling a chilling story based on the ghost stories of the site.
The Boaty Theatre Company was born on the back of this and from young people that occasionally did a bit of drama, our group evolved into a group of young people that showed themselves to be talented actors and our first full length production, directed by Laura was William Shakespeare's: The Tempest.
The Boaty Theatre Company worked hard to develop skills, original plays and reworked classics, but alas - as is the fate of may many small groups - the funding ran out long before the enthusiasm of the group ever could!
And so this is where Chalice Media's Story begins....
Chalice came to be out of the desire to keep the hopes and dreams of our talented, local young people alive. We took the same ethic and ethos of 'The Boaty' into the creation of Chalice, continuing to deliver actor training and workshops, building skill sets and offering opportunities across the board in the performing and production arts, whilst striving to create a sense of civic pride and positivity, self worth and social inclusion through our work in and around Ellesmere Port. A great number of the founding members of the group are still with us, some have moved on to further their careers, doing great and glorious things in the world of creative arts... but they all come home to see us now and again!
You may even catch one of them in a performance from time to time.
In 2016 Chalice Media produced the first EVER "Where There's A Will..." Shakespeare Season at St George's Hall, Liverpool.
Plays included: 'Macbeth', 'The Tempest', 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Much Ado about Nothing'
as well as a promenade piece written and developed specifically for performance at St George's Hall:
'Walking the Bard: The Shakespeare Experience'
We offer affordable lessons covering the basics of creative writing and acting. With the potential for representation in both fields to further your career.
We have made new friends, teaming up with The Well-being High Street initiative, ALRA, Storm Theatre and Too Write Productions and performed in new places such as Montague Cafe in Ellesmere Port, the Forum Studio Theatre in Chester and St George's Hall, Liverpool.
We also worked along side Purple Tie Promotions, technically supporting Liverpool Pride 2015.
We have seen one of our number graduate from LIPA another from The City of Liverpool College and sent others off to Stafford University, ALRA and Kings College, London.
Chalice Media Limited were nominated in several categories at
The Cheshire Voluntary Art Awards 2015
and our very own Laura J Harris WON Dee 106.3's
Local Hero of The Year - Teacher/Mentor 2015
We continue in our relationship with the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port and we have some exciting plans for the coming year, please subscribe to our mailing list and find us on Facebook or Twitter for all the latest information and news releases.
In a nutshell that's us.... Please take a look around and get in touch if there is anything we can do for you!
We at Chalice Media believe that everybody has the potential to be who and what they want to be.
We strive to help individuals - regardless of experience - to build self-confidence, self-worth and to reach their fullest potential.
We would love to help you realise your potential and achieve your creative goals & dreams.
Chalice Media Limited:
Champion's of Local Talent
Please feel free to visit our Productions Gallery for Photos of our previous productions.