What’s On Tour

Half Moon and Half Moon Presents children’s theatre shows are touring throughout the UK in 2017/18. Click the venue name to visit their website and book tickets.

If you are a venue, festival, community setting or library and would like to book any of our portfolio of shows, please see the Venue Programming page.

Boys Don’t / Butterflies / Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks – The Monstorous Duckling Fairytales Gone Bad: Zombie-rella – Blood-red Hood / Friends For All Glisten John Hegley: All Hail The Snail (And Other Creatures)  / Leaf  / Need A Little Help / Young Herbert’s Horrors 

Boys Don’t

Young man experiencing the pain and disappointment, water through fingersHalf Moon presents a Papertale production in association with Apples and Snakes (South East)

Not suitable for under 8s (target 8-12s/suitable for adult audiences)

What’s a boy to do? From the playground to the classroom, from home to the uncharted waters of online, boys learn that displaying their feelings is a no-no. But what happens to emotion that can’t be let out?

Boys Don’t explores through spoken word what happens when boys show their feelings, written from real-life experiences of the diverse male cast. Through a series of funny, familiar and sometimes heart-breaking stories of boys in the emotional spotlight, the show delivers insights into male experiences of growing up, and offers the possibility of more open communication for us all.

Boys Don’t features some of the UK’s leading poets and performers in repertory, including Justin Coe, Hadiru Mahdi, Tanaka Mhishi and Steve Tasane. It is the latest work from Papertale, following on from the Suitcase Trilogy of spoken word performances about migration for young audiences, directed by Rosemary Harris.

This programme is supported by an education package for schools exploring young people’s emotional literacy through creative writing and performance for Years 5-8. Please contact us for more information.

Nominated for Best Production for Young People aged 8+ for the Off West End Awards 2017.

“Has the power to reach those who often feel alienated from the arts scene.”
(Live Theatre UK) ★★★★

“A poignant and very compelling piece of acting.”
(Susan Elkin, Sardines Magazine)

Boys Don’t was live streamed from the Brighton Festival on 21 May, 2017. This recording of the full production can be watched again at any time via this link:

2018 Tour Dates

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Butterflies

A Tangled Feet and Half Moon co-production for ages 3 – 7

fractal-wire-flame-butterfly-150x150Three friends embark on an exciting adventure to chase their butterflies away. They cross new seas to uncharted lands, on a journey filled with discovery. The only trouble is they’re all a bit worried about it! What if I get wet? What if I make a new friend? What if I don’t? During their voyage the group ride the waves, battle the storms and face their fears, before reaching dry land braver than ever before.

Butterflies is an uplifting tale of friendship, courage and how to dance in the rain, told using innovative staging, breathtaking physicality, touching humour and a specially commissioned musical score.

“Innovative, involving piece of storytelling.”
(Children’s Theatre Reviews on Need A Little Help)

“Not often a show for children is absorbing for children and adults alike. We loved it.”
(Audience Feedback on Need A Little Help)

#ButterfliesShow

2018 Tour Dates

 

This show will tour again in 2018. More tour dates coming soon.

Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks / The Monstrous Duckling

Half Moon presents a Joseph Coelho production for ages 3+

Fairytales-Granny-150Join performance poet Joseph Coelho, National Poetry Day Ambassador, as he unravels familiar fairytales to create fresh contemporary classics in an enchanting performance for young and old alike.

A father returns home with a magical cloak. A cloak that hides a story… Join our poetic storyteller as he unwinds the true stories behind the happily ever afters and discover they’re maybe not as charming as you remember!

Did you know that the ugly duckling was never ugly? He was truly monstrous! Or that Goldilocks was never a tale about a little girl. It was always a tale about a granny; A mean, old, thieving granny who has plans for something quite nasty.

Joseph’s debut poetry collection, Werewolf Club Rules, won the prestigious CLPE Children’s Poetry Award (CLiPPA) in 2015. His second poetry collection, Overheard in a Tower Block, and debut picture book, Luna Loves Library Day, were published in 2017.

“Thrillingly grisly, darkly funny.”
(Children’s Theatre Review, 2016)

2017 Tour Dates

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Fairytales Gone Bad: Zombie-rella / Blood-red Hood

Half Moon presents a Joseph Coelho production for ages 6+Fairytales-Zombie-150

Join performance poet Joseph Coelho, National Poetry Day Ambassador, as he unravels familiar fairytales to create fresh contemporary classics in an enchanting performance for young and old alike.

Join a mysterious vaudeville storyteller with a magical top-hat and coat as he unwinds the true stories behind the happily ever afters, which are maybe not as charming as you remember! Discover the true tale of Cinderella, where she dies and becomes a zombie and falls in love with a vampire prince. And of course, there’s the true tale of Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf-hunter who never leaves her home without her shield, axe and blood-red stained cloak.

Joseph’s debut poetry collection, Werewolf Club Rules, won the prestigious CLPE Children’s Poetry Award (CLiPPA) in 2015. His second poetry collection, Overheard in a Tower Block, and debut picture book, Luna Loves Library Day, were published in 2017.

“Stripping down familiar fairytales to their gruesome guts.”
(Children’s Theatre Review, 2016)

2018 Tour Dates

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Friends For All

Half Moon presents a Simon Mole production for 5-11s

When being that little bit different can be a good thing after all…

8 year old Lexi doesn’t make friends as easily as some. If only her school would allow a non-school uniform day then she could be herself and find others like her. Inspired by Grandad’s hippy stories from the swinging 60s, she decides to fight the powers that be, namely her class teacher, Mr Marsh, and the class bully, Suzy.

Friends For All is an interactive spoken word performance for families, with rapping, dancing and far-out video projections. It is a story about having the confidence to be yourself and stand up for what you believe in.

Poet and rapper Simon Mole performs in this humorous and moving piece, co-created with theatre maker Peader Kirk.

Commissioned by the V&A as part of the Family Art Fun Programme and inspired by their You Say You Want a Revolution exhibition (2016/17). Developed with support from Apples and Snakes, the Albany, University of Bedfordshire and Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre.

“The play suggests that it’s…vital for young people to question the rules and think for themselves, developing the critical thinking skills that will equip them for a future of informed decision-making and political awareness.”
(Children’s Theatre Reviews)

“Visually interesting and mentally stimulating, this smart and original play tackles the subject of bullying.”
(Curious Mum)

“Inventive, powerful and effective. The issues are totally in tune with the target age-group.”
(Sardines Magazine)

2018 Tour Dates

Tour dates coming soon.

Glisten

Half Moon presents a Daniel Naddafy production for 0-18 months

Glisten 7. Photo by Stephen Beeny 150x150Come in, relax, find a space and settle.
Slowly, a shimmering surface emerges.
What does it look like?
How does it move?
Listen, what can you hear?
Welcome to a world of shiny things.
Welcome to Glisten!

Glisten is an interactive performance for babies aged 0-18 months and their grown-ups.  The audience are taken on a gentle and immersive journey exploring the world of reflective materials wrapped up in a soundscape of evocative yet laid-back music. Watch as the empty space of the theatre fills with colour, sounds and surprises, creating a sensory landscape ready to explore after the performance is over.

Glisten is performed to a small audience creating an intimate and unique theatrical experience, stunningly co-created by theatre-maker Daniel Naddafy and designer Phoebe Stubbs.

“A beautiful, sensory first theatrical experience for babies.  The actor builds a mesmerising connection with each child at just the right pace.  A delight to watch.”
(Katy Snelling, Head of Programming, Nuffield Southampton Theatres)

“A great sensory experience for adults and babies. Carla loved it and was fascinated by the lights and colours.”
(Audience member, Off Beat Festival, Oxford)

2018 Tour Dates

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John Hegley: All Hail The Snail (And Other Creatures)

Half Moon Presents John Hegley for ages 7+.hegley email

You’ve got no teeth.
You’re underneath the roof
that you carry around.
You can write with your trail
in the way of the snail
in your delicate D.I.Y. home.

Join poet John Hegley as he takes us on a humorous journey through his living library of poems, songs, stories and animal drawings. Enjoy the rhyme and rhythm of this mandolin playing muse and his hilarious struggle with words as they threaten to twist and turn out of his grasp.

The bespectacled author of 13 books is widely known as one of the country’s most innovative comic artists and this children’s show will delight adults and young people alike with its chaotic comedy, bewitching poems, plus the extra bonus of a special guest musician.

Half Moon is delighted to present this new show created to celebrate the 35th birthday of Apples and Snakes, England’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word.

After the shows there will be a chance to meet John and purchase signed copies of his books.

2018 Tour Dates

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Leaf

Half Moon presents a Tam Tam Theatre production for 0-3

Leaf-150x150A leaf is born…
It grows and glows in the sunshine and the rain
Then the wind blows and it becomes colder
The leaf changes colour
In the snow, the leaf falls…
But when spring comes, a new leaf grows…

Join us as we tell the life story of a very special leaf in this warm, intimate and playful new piece for under 3s inspired by nature and the seasons. Framed within an evocative soundscape, this is the perfect introduction to theatre for the very young.

At the end of the performance, children are invited onto the stage to play among the leaves and explore a landscape created by the changing seasons.

Leaf is another heart-warming play created by Tam Tam Theatre, whose previous shows for very young children include Circles in the Sand and Curious. The company’s founder, Marleen Vermeulen, created Leaf in collaboration with director Joy Haynes.

2017 Tour Dates

2018 Tour Dates

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Need A Little Help

A Tangled Feet and Half Moon co-production for 2-7s. Need a Little Help 12 photo by Kamal Prashar

Joe and Ella are a great team – they make each other laugh, help each other out and tackle all the chores their busy lives throw at them. But one morning things begin to change when Joe gets all tangled up and Ella has to do things alone. What will Ella do now? Will she be able to continue as before, or will it all get too much? If only she had a little help…

Based on the experiences of young carers, the piece explores what it means to look after someone else when you are young.  In a uniquely designed immersive space, the young audience will help the performers look after each other, stepping into the shoes of young carers.

Need a Little Help is a deeply moving and joyfully uplifting piece of interactive and physical theatre from award winning ensemble Tangled Feet, working in partnership with children’s theatre specialists, Half Moon.

This is a reworked version of the show that toured nationally in 2015 reconfigured to be performed in non-traditional settings including community, libraries and school settings. This show is performing as part of the Hopper Scheme 2018.

#NeedaLittleHelp

2018 Tour Dates

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 Young Herbert’s Horrors

Half Moon presents a Justin Coe production for ages 4-9.herbert

Young Herbert is a little horror. Living on a boat should be the ideal life for a wannabe pirate, but the boat’s grounded until Herbert can learn to tidy his cabin, eat his greens and be more polite. A big storm brews up when Herbert is sent home from school and Mum calls on Great Uncle Albatross – navy captain and scourge of all pirates – to warn him of the dangers of rebellion.

But who is Great Uncle Albatross and do his cautionary tales really have the power to make Young Herbert behave? Or will they just give Young Herbert the horrors?

Featuring swashbuckling verse, jaunty music, gallows humour and the obligatory parrot, Young Herbert’s Horrors is Justin Coe’s brand new spoken word show for children, following the highly popular Big Wow, Small Wonder.

#YoungHerbert

2018 Tour Dates

Tour dates coming soon.

If you would like to book any of our portfolio of shows for your venue, please see the Venue Programming page.

Boys Don’t / Butterflies / Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks – The Monstorous Duckling Fairytales Gone Bad: Zombie-rella – Blood-red Hood / Friends For All Glisten  / John Hegley: All Hail The Snail (And Other Creatures) Leaf  / Need A Little Help Young Herbert’s Horrors