Rehearsals have started ahead of 2020 shows for a Malpas-based arts group.

Both groups of the Minerva Arts – the Malpas Youth Theatre with children ages seven to 11 and Malpas Young Actors with children ages 11 to 18, are both based at Malpas Young Persons Centre.

They will putting a dramatic, modern and theatrical twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.

Including performances from Hansel and Gretel and Rapunzel as well as some unfamiliar ones too.

In the past from performances Minerva Arts have made a name for themselves in creating unusual and contemporary performances.

Recently the Minerva Arts has celebrated its 10th year anniversary and was founded by ex-students of the University of Chester, Steph Brocken and Hayley Wood back in 2009.

Youth Theatre manager Hollie Wimpenny said: “I can’t wait to get started on this production.

“Over the years Disney and pantos have sweetened these tales. However, the groups will explore the original text of the Grimm Tales that tell a slightly different version.

“The young people will have a great deal of input into the show and will be able to put their own stamp on these famous stories.”

Classes for Malpas Youth Theatre are on Thursdays 6pm until 8pm and Malpas Young Actors runs on Mondays from 6.30pm for two hours.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales will be performed on Sunday, March 29 at Malpas Jubilee Hall starting at 3pm.

Tickets will be available on the door, adults £5 and concessions £2.

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