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New £2.8m arts space for children

Artist"s impression of Ellesmere Port'saa Whitby Hall children's centre
Artist"s impression of Ellesmere Port's Whitby Hall children's centre

In just over three months the newly transformed Whitby Hall in Ellesmere Port will open for business as a new children's theatre and performance arts space.

The hall will be one of a handful of specialist spaces across the country dedicated to young people. As well as a theatre, the building will include a community cafe, terrace and workshop spaces offering various cultural activities, all overlooking Whitby Park. The project has been funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council and Arts Council England, providing a home for nationally-recognised resident children's theatre company Action Transport Theatre. The old hall's impressive makeover includes a new roof, windows, and flooring, and a new layout that allows easy movement round the hall and out into the gardens behind. The final three months of the scheme will include a technical fit-out, interior design work and a new website. The hall will reopen from August 10-20, when Action Transport will lead a third arts trail and summer programme. The trail, Once Upon a Time, will animate parts of Whitby Park with installations and specially- composed music. Later in the autumn the hall will host visiting productions and special performances for schools and families, National Theatre Live screenings for local audiences, weekly workshops and a Family Film Club. The venue will also host the the Lemn Sissay Christmas Dinner for care-experienced young people. The £2.8M capital programme has also received a grant from the Marjory Boddy Trust, which will refurbish the new cafe.

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