An amazing space with some real wow factor - perfect for both our rehearsals and the final performance.
Matt Baker, Artistic Director - Theatre in the Quarter

Welcome to St Mary’s - a Creative Space

St Mary’s is a fantastic rehearsal, performance and exhibition space right in the heart of Chester, and is available to the whole community. A thriving cultural scene needs an inspirational centre, and St Mary’s aims to provide opportunities for creative activities and connections of all kinds - providing the space and facilities your group needs, and a wow factor your audience will love.
St Marys Creative Space - Christmas Events

Happy New Year

The team at St Mary's Creative Space would like to thank you all for your amazing support during 2016 - a time when we welcomed spectacular (and at times spook-takular) shows, forged links with the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod, and brought exciting music and theatre to our exciting venue. Let's raise a glass to 2017, and the exciting entertainment which lies ahead of us!

Some Upcoming Highlights

For full listings go to our What's On page.

Roman Candle Presents Acoustic Gig

Thursday 26th January

ROBERT CHANEY ~

“I couldn’t stop listening. I’m tipping him for great things in 2016” - The Steve Lamacq Show, BBC Radio 6 Music

“Deliciously dark and brilliantly bleak.” - The Blues Magazine (UK)

“Sharp, intelligent, thoughtful, and moving” - Folk Radio UK

Tall and thin, as pale as a sheet of A4, Robert Chaney is not the kind of person you imagine hailing from sunny South Florida. But Florida is a place of contradictions. It is a land of technicolour sunsets and torrential storms. Of glittering skyscrapers and sun-rotted bungalows. Of Disney World and designer drugs. And so perhaps it is really no surprise that Chaney can come from a place like Florida and make his kind of music - bitter, skeletal ballads played on rickety guitars and buzzing amplifiers.

Full details and booking

5 More Minutes

Friday 24th February

When Moon and Stars are shining in your eyes
Then I will sing to you a lullaby
The day is over now it’s time for bed
But with five More Minutes we can play instead?
5 More Minutes is a funny and magical show about bedtime for children and their grown-ups, in which we’ll explore the fun, frustration and fantasy that can be had in that magical time between awake and asleep. Real world play will blur with the magic of dreams as we all try to settle down and finally get ready to say goodnight and go to sleep… unless that is, we can have 5 More Minutes!?

5 More Minutes is an interactive family show with a playful performance style, live music and puppetry/object manipulation and is aimed at children ages 3-6 and their families.

Full details and booking

A Regular Little Houdini

Saturday 25th February

Winner of 4 International fringe Festival Awards  
Winner – Best Solo Show – San Diego International Fringe Festival  
Winner – Best Performance by an actor – TheTVolution, Hollywood Fringe Festival  
Winner – Artistic Excellence – Sponsored by Rogue Shakespeare, Hollywood Fringe  
Winner – Producers Encore Awards  
Produced by; Flying Bridge Theatre Ltd 

 
Written and performed by Daniel Llewelyn-Williams
Directed by Joshua Richards

Music by Meg Cox  

Newport, South Wales: A tenacious young dockworker's son, smitten by Harry Houdini’s amazements, dreams of a life of magic – to "escape" a suffocating, impoverished future and unlock his shackles; the brutal Welsh working-class reality of Edwardian Britain. An extraordinary tale of hope, determination & magic!

Full details and booking

Recent Events

A small selection of recent events you may have missed. Keep in touch by bookmarking our What's On page, and remember to book your tickets early!

The Witch

A detailed period horror for Halloween, presented by Chester Film Society.

Wizard School

This Halloween Chester Wizard School opens its doors! Make potions learn spells practice duelling and meet some magical creatures in this spellbinding immersive experience.

Classical Guitar Recital

An evening of classical guitar, presented by Graham Devine of the Trinity Laban Conserveratoire of Music and Dance, as part of the Royal Greenwich Guitar Festival.

Celebrity Concert

Chester Music Society presents distinguished chamber musician Sarah-Jane Bradley, who has toured throughout the world and participated in many celebrated festivals.

Whether you want to hire St Mary’s Creative Space for a meeting, a performance, a series of workshops or rehearsals, or anything else - just get in touch via this website and your group can be join the diverse variety of people already enjoying and benefitting from this great community asset and Chester’s hidden cultural gem. For further details of the facilities and the building itself Click Here.
Yes! It can be hired by individuals, groups or organisations for a range of activities and events such as rehearsals, workshops, meetings and performances.
There is no sound equipment in the venue and lighting is limited to the overhead lights. You can bring in sound and lighting (provided it has been PAT tested) – don’t forget to factor in the cost of hiring equipment when thinking about using the venue.
No, although there are spaces within the venue where different groups can work. While it is possible to put up screens, sound will carry around the venue.
The number of people in the building at any one time must not exceed 200. This number is suitable if people are standing. Due to health and safety reasons a maximum of 170 seats is recommended.
We do have a plan of St Mary’s (download HERE) drawn up by Peter Herbert Productions for Theatre in the Quarter’s production of Alice in 2014, but we would always recommend that you visit the venue and measure up yourself, particularly if you are having a set designed. You should also be aware that the floor is uneven.
Yes, but as this would require us to turn off the fire alarm you would have to have a minimum of £10million public liability insurance.
There is an upright piano in St Mary's - all those hiring the venue are able to use it free of charge. There is also a grand piano which can be hired for an additional cost. Details and booking form HERE.
Yes, although being an old church built of sandstone when it is very cold outside it can sometimes be cold inside too.
Sounds good? Use the links below to learn more about the venue, or find out about hiring…
Volunteering at St Mary's is a great way to meet people, learn new skills and contribute to your local community. Whether you're interested in helping out inside or outside, we can find something for you to do! We can offer opportunities in a range of roles and functions including front of house, technical, refreshments and gardening.

Just drop Julie Elston a line via the form below and she will be in touch!
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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! It can be hired by individuals, groups or organisations for a range of activities and events such as rehearsals, workshops, meetings and performances.
There is no sound equipment in the venue and lighting is limited to the overhead lights. You can bring in sound and lighting (provided it has been PAT tested) – don’t forget to factor in the cost of hiring equipment when thinking about using the venue.
No, although there are spaces within the venue where different groups can work. While it is possible to put up screens, sound will carry around the venue.
The number of people in the building at any one time must not exceed 200. This number is suitable if people are standing. Due to health and safety reasons a maximum of 170 seats is recommended.
We do have a plan of St Mary’s (download HERE) drawn up by Peter Herbert Productions for Theatre in the Quarter’s production of Alice in 2014, but we would always recommend that you visit the venue and measure up yourself, particularly if you are having a set designed. You should also be aware that the floor is uneven.
Yes, but as this would require us to turn off the fire alarm you would have to have a minimum of £10million public liability insurance.
There is an upright piano in St Mary's - all those hiring the venue are able to use it free of charge. There is also a grand piano which can be hired for an additional cost. Details and booking form HERE.
Yes, although being an old church built of sandstone when it is very cold outside it can sometimes be cold inside too.
Sounds good? Use the links below to learn more about the venue, or find out about hiring…
St Marys Interior Panorama
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