Young Producers

The Sandbach Young Producers have played an integral role in collaborating with professionals in this project. They have worked on almost all aspects of the project including recruitment, design, marketing, promotion, and event management. Our Young Producers are all between the ages of 14-18.

After a substantial pause in activity, Spare Parts is now live and kicking again for 2021 and our engagement programme is in full swing. Here isa blog form project manager Emily and a few of our Young Producers about how things are going…

We are still cracking on through lockdown with our Spare Parts Participation work in association with Sandbach Transport Festival. Spare Parts are programming the magical Lullaby by Luke Jerram for the 2021 festival, and we’ve been very busy with planning for the event since the start of 2021.

Working with Spare Parts, we’ve decided to commission a North West based writer to write an original children’s bedtime story, to be read the night before the Lullaby passes their doors. We recruited the talented Matt Smith a couple of weeks ago, and we’re also working with Illustrator/Designer Carl Waine to illustrate the story along with our Young Producers.

The Young Producers have had an exciting and busy start to their programme. So far they’ve worked along side us to recruit the writer including attending the writer’s interviews, they’ve done some recruitment planning for the performance artists and cyclists, and have helped us map out the route for Lullaby in Sandbach.

“Hi, I’m Emily. I’m really interested in sports and music. I take part in many sports including karate and play a while host of instruments, piano gr7 and clarinet gr8 being my main ones. This project was something new that I’ve never tried before and working as a team to complete this would be fun. So far this project has been amazing. It’s taught me new skills I can take away and has been really nice hearing other people’s ideas.”




I enjoy drawing, playing my guitar by myself and in a band with some friends as well, writing songs and I also used to perform a lot on stage as a part of a youth theatre this has currently come to a halt due to the current lockdown and previous restrictions.

I was interested in the young producers project as it sounded like it would be interesting and as a way to further my skills. It sounded good to be a part of a community project in these times not only for myself but for the whole community to have an upcoming event to look forward to.

So far this project has been very exciting and very fun to do. We have done a lot of things already such as interviewing and recruiting. Which are things that I have not done before and I’m looking forward to see how this project can change from its starting stage, through its development and on to the finished event.




I am Becca and my interests and hobbies include spending time with friends and family and dancing. I applied for this project as I would love to gain experience in event management in order to prepare me for university.

But I also saw this opportunity as a way to get involved in the community and to meet new people. So far, I am loving the project and I love giving my suggestions as well as listening to the other members of the group.

Young Producers - SpareParts

Minerva Arts was set up in 2009 by Steph Brocken and Hayley Wood, two ex-students of the University of Chester. The company was founded with an interdisciplinary ethos, drawing on their backgrounds in Live Performance, multimedia technology and visual arts and crafts.
Minerva took over the former Chester Gateway Youth Theatre from Off The Ground in April 2011 and since then have developed three additional groups creating unusual and contemporary performance right across Cheshire West.

In the past two years Minerva has expanded to develop and fundraise for our own projects. In 2013 we were successful in gaining Grants for the Arts funding for the Arts in the Villages project and we had further success with achiving funding for the first phase of the Lynk Cheshire Project in 2014. As well as this, we partnered with River Niger Arts in 2013 to win funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create the Wirral to West Africa project and were then again funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to create the Souling project. For information on all these projects, head to our Archive page.

Minerva Arts is all about enabling young people to have access to the cutting edge of performance and art, creating unusual experience that have positive processes and relationships at heart. We believe that this is true of all our work from our Youth Theatres to projects with school and community groups.