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NEW CREATIVE ENTERPRISE TAKES UP EMPTY SHOP IN ELLESMERE PORT’S TOWN CENTRE

30 June 2014 – Ellesmere Port’s town centre has welcomed another new business, as Chalice Media Studios opened its doors at 8 Cambridge Road.

In yet another boost to the area, former drama teacher at West Cheshire College and local author of crime thriller ‘Splintered’ Laura Harris will offer creative writing courses, actor training and representation, filming-making and performance and production based skills from the Cambridge Road premises.

The company will also offer self-publication packages, guidance for budding writers, and opportunities to take part in live performances and theatrical productions with industry professionals.

Director of Chalice Media Studios, Laura Harris, said: “We’re so grateful to all the people who’ve been a part of our journey so far and helped us to make Chalice Media Studios a reality – it’s been great to get into the premises and get stuck in transforming the space into a modest studio that we hope will be utilised for a range of creative purposes.

“We plan to start running our Actor Training and Creative Writing classes from these premises and will continue to produce new writing, and re-invent classic works to be performed in and around Ellesmere Port.

“Our latest full-scale creative endeavour is a roaring 1920’s adaption of Romeo and Juliet, set against a backdrop of the prohibition of alcohol, bootlegging and rise gangsters such as Al Capone.

“The current location of the performance is top secret but the dates will be August 28, 29 and 30 August.”

Chalice Media Limited performed two stage plays the National Waterways Museum as part of the Ellesmere Port Arts Festival 2014, after successfully receiving funding from the Arts Council England. They delivered two original pieces – ‘Fate’ by 17-year-old Ben Murray and ‘Forget Me Not’ by Laura Harris.

Conveniently located just off Whitby Road high street Chalice Media Studios new premises are owned by the Wirral Methodist Housing Association and had been empty for a long period of time.

The area around Whitby Road has recently seen a flourish of new businesses and creative enterprises choosing to locate there, including the Paperboat Art Gallery and FabLab Ellesmere Port.

New start-up businesses are welcomed to the area and supported by the Council and Ellesmere port Development Board. For more information contact Jochem.hollestelle@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Chalice Media Studios will host an official opening event on Saturday, July 5 and local residents are invited to go along and find out more about the new business. An open-house meet and greet has been planned for the day with special events running in the evening as well.

Laura added: “I’d encourage anyone and everyone to come and drop in if you can and see what we’re all about.”

Heather Pugh, Director of Stanley Staff and member of the Town Centre Improvement Advisory Body, said: “It is great to see yet another property in Ellesmere Port being utilized for the talented people in the town and the surrounding area.

“They will have somewhere to go to enhance their creative skills and help them with their future career prospects. I am sure all the business in Cambridge Road wish Laura all the very best of luck in the future plans for Chalice Media Studios.”

To keep up with the latest news and updates from Chalice Media Studios visit www.ChaliceMediaGroup.com, follow on Twitter @ChalicePro and @ChaliceBooks or like the Facbook page.