What’s On Tour

Half Moon and Half Moon Presents children’s theatre shows are touring throughout the UK in 2016/17. Click the venue name to visit their website and book tickets.

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

Big Wow Small Wonder / Boys Don’t / Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks – The Monstorous Duckling Fairytales Gone Bad: Zombie-rella – Blood-red Hood / The Girl and the Giraffe / her / Leaf  / Three

 

Big Wow Small Wonder

Half Moon presents a Justin Coe production for ages 4 – 9 BigWowSmallWonder-300

Justin is the smallest boy in the whole town. So small that he can swim with goldfish. So small his sister takes him to school in her lunchbox. So small the class bully, Bother Boots Bradley, wants to catch him and keep him as his new pet.

Justin just wants to be like his giant Dad, but when he finds out his Dad is not the Big Wow, he sets off on a journey to find who – or what – the Big Wow really is! Can the Big Wow help Justin to be tall in time, before Bradley puts him in a cage ready for the school show and tell in assembly?

With the help of a pigeon, the Mountain (who sounds a lot like his Grandad) and the World Ant Weightlifting Champion, Justin soon realises that being big might not be all its bigged up to be.

Told with huge helpings of humour, poignant poetry and original music, this is a tall story about the wonders of being small.

2017 Tour Dates

More tour dates coming soon.

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.

2017 Tour Dates

More tour dates coming soon.


Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks / The Monstorous Duckling

Half Moon presents a Joseph Coelho production for ages 3+

Fairytales-Granny-150Join performance poet Joseph Coelho, winner of the 2015 Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award, 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.

2017 Tour Dates

More tour dates coming soon.

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, winner of the 2015Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award, 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.

2017 Tour Dates

  • Weds 22 February – Sat 25 February – Reading Libraries tour in partnership with South Street Arts Centre

More tour dates coming soon.

The Girl and the Giraffe

IMG_0979-300Half Moon presents a Floods of Ink production for 3-6s

One day whilst Girl is playing in her garden, she spots something peculiar on the other side of the fence. Climbing up as high as she can to get a better view, she is surprised when she comes face to face with…Giraffe!

As their friendship grows, Girl discovers that Giraffe isn’t very well. She tries everything she can to make him feel a bit better; putting on bandages, making a cup of tea, and even baking a truly magnificent cake, but she doesn’t get it quite right. Girl soon realises that Giraffe doesn’t need a plaster for a graze on his arm or a scratch on his knee. Giraffe is sad. Sometimes we need a different kind of plaster for the things you can’t always see.

Charming puppetry, an enchanting soundscape and beautiful storytelling combine in this sensitive show about love and friendship, told from a child’s perspective.

2016 Tour Dates

2017 Tour Dates

More tour dates coming soon.

her

A dark and twisted world of war, politics and survival.

her house is gone
her home is destroyed
her world has changed
…I am her

her Image 7 150A girl comes home to find her house has disappeared: the neighbours have fled and the streets are deserted: a compelling story of a fifteen year old London girl who inexplicably finds that conflict has made her an alien in her own country.

Drawing on the experiences of ordinary people confronted with displacement as a result of war, this at times shocking play features one actor playing different versions of the ‘girl’. She navigates the harsh realities faced by young women in conflict zones and the difficult choices they have to make to survive.

Using innovative green screen technology to integrate animation, film and live action, her combines the emotional depth of theatre with the visual intensity of the graphic novel to create a dark and twisted world of politics, war and survival.

2017 Tour Dates

There are no further tour dates after 13 February


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. It is performed by the company’s founder, Marleen Vermeulen, and created in collaboration with director Joy Haynes.

2017 Tour Dates

More tour dates coming soon.

Three

Half Moon presents a Wrongsemble production for 3-8s 

Wrongsemble - Three 2 150 x 150Three wishes, three witches, three sisters, three pigs, three bears, three musketeers...

Three singing actors weave together famous tales, which all feature the elusive number three! Brought to life with a flurry of original sing-a-long songs, live music and brilliantly inventive storytelling, the flamboyant players burst from their wagon of forgotten fables to re-tell the stories of Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and Grimm’s Three Wanderers as never before.

Jump on board the ingenious and cleverly crafted wagon of fairytales in this spellbinding new musical play for children aged 3-8 and their families

2017 Tour Dates

  • Wed 15 February – Half Moon Theatre, London E1
  • Fri 17 February – Mind The Gap, Bradford
  • Sat 18 February – Mind The Gap, Bradford
  • Tues 15 August – Artrix, Bromsgrove

More 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.

 

Big Wow Small Wonder / Boys Don’t / Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks – The Monstorous Duckling Fairytales Gone Bad: Zombie-rella – Blood-red Hood / The Girl and the Giraffe / her / Leaf  / Three