Join Youth Theatre!
Open to everyone 5-18yrs. Join Half Moon Youth Theatre today - a brilliant way to explore drama, make new friends and create performances.
All of our Youth Theatre members also have the chance to participate in our Youth Forum to feed back their thoughts to the tutors, core team and Board of Trustees at Half Moon.
Each term, we celebrate the positive contributions of two young people from each of our seven Youth Theatres through our Recognition Scheme. For Lunar and Solar, one of these awards each term is a Jack Petchey Award.
The young people create a wish list of items and additional experiences they would like which are funded by the Award. This includes trips to performances, sessions with specialist artists, or equipment for their Youth Theatre sessions.
Award Winners, their families and carers, community representatives, local VIPs and Half Moon staff attend the Awards presentations which take place as part of the end of term Youth Theatre sharings.
Our most recent four Jack Petchey winners were selected by their groups for a variety of qualities, such as: for their positive energy and enjoyment of storytelling; for their wicked sense of humour and dynamic energy; for infectious enthusiasm and great dance moves; for always giving positive comments to others; and for doing excellent movement work and always working hard in the group.
One young person chose to spend the money on a trip to another theatre for members of two of the Youth Theatre groups; others chose for the money to be spent on different resources including props and costumes for a performance and lighting equipment for Youth Theatre sessions; another chose for the money to be spent on a celebration event for all Youth Theatre members to attend together: a movie night!
We also run the Jack Petchey Leader Award. Recently, our Youth Theatre members voted for a Leader who inspires and supports them: Androulla, who leads on two of our Youth Theatres: Eclipse and Lunar. Members voted for her because they think: she is supportive and inspiring; she is considerate and encourages members to grow as actors. Well done, Androulla!
We are also able to support members of our Youth Theatre to gain the Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver Arts Award. The Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification that has been developed by Arts Council England and Trinity Guildhall and aims to inspire young people to develop their arts and leadership talents.