The Magical World of Citadel Arts is Still Here to Welcome You

It’s been two weeks since, following Government and Department of Public Health guidelines, we made the decision to postpone all of our community workshops and upcoming Music & Comedy Festival.

Children, families and the artists that we work with are at the heart of everything we do and as such, during these difficult times, it is of utmost importance that we strive to find new ways of engaging with our audiences and supporting artists.

Our programme of activity has three main areas Performance, Participation and Commissions. Over the coming weeks we will be producing simple and engaging activities that families can access online and take part in themselves from home.


We are working with artists to bring our upcoming Musical & Comedy Festival for Families to virtual life and are thrilled to announce that we have already confirmed two online performances in April that will have you singing along or full-on belly laughing.

  • Saturday 11th April at 2pm John Hinton will be presenting a hand-picked selection of songs in a digital performance of Ensonglopedia which will be broadcast on our facebook page.
  • Saturday 18th April at 2pm, Gav Cross is going live with Funny Looking Kids: Comedy Club via his YouTube channel.

We’ll be sharing links to these performances via social media in the coming weeks.


Online Craft Workshops: We have already been ‘Bringing the Outdoors in’ and have created our own indoor gardens.  You can find instructional videos for these activities and step by step guides on our blog.

Citadel Arts Youth Theatre: We will continue to work with the Citadel Arts Youth Theatre by providing workshops online.

  • Our 12 – 18 group will virtually create a digital theatre piece to be viewed online.
  • Our 7 – 11 group have the exciting opportunity to take part in a new commission with Gav Cross & Funny Looking Kids which will be delivered virtually.


  • In partnership with Heart of Glass and Gav Cross / Funny Looking Kids we will be working virtually to ensure the continuation of this vital project with St Helens young people.
  • In partnership with Heart of Glass we are commissioning a programme of work for Early Years audiences and their families in St Helens. We are inviting responses from artists who are able to respond to this brief virtually and digitally.

As a registered charity our impact in St Helens is huge we help people to feel part of their community, to feel less alone, to feel able to express themselves and to feel more positive about their future.  And we do all of this through the transformative impact of the arts. As a charity, without donations this would not be possible.

Our aim is to make sure that even in these challenging times, we can continue with the fantastic work that we do. All of the activities that we present online over the coming weeks will be completely free for families to access but we ask if you might be able to support the Citadel Arts Charity by making a donation.

If you have already purchased tickets to April’s Music & Comedy Festival for Families and are able to donate your ticket purchase, this would be greatly appreciated and will go a long way to helping us continue our work.  Alternatively we can also transfer your booking to a new performance date if the show is rescheduled and will also happily refund your purchase if this is your preferred option.

We hope everyone is keeping safe and well at this time and want all of our audiences to know that the magical world of Citadel Arts is still here to welcome you.