Who We Are




Core Staff

Beccy Allen – Head of Creative Learning
Sam Baker – Technical and Production Manager
Stephen Beeny – Communications Manager
Jolanta Bujauskiene – Cleaner
John Bunker – Cleaner
Androulla Constantinou – Producer (Creative Learning)
Jackie Eley – Administrative Director
Chris Elwell – Director/CEO
Lucy Fawthrop – Administrative Assistant (Kickstart) 
Martha Lloyd-Evans Marketing and Box Office Assistant (Kickstart)
Sam Luffman – Theatre and Programmes Administrator
Esther Rennae Walker  – Trainee TYA Producer/Programmer

Vacant – Box Office Assistant

Yusaf – Front of House Assistant
Keira – Front of House Assistant
Denis – Front of House Assistant
Sonny – Front of House Assistant
Nicole – Front of House Assistant

Youth Theatre Team: Simon Batchelor, Katy Daghorn, Madeleine Graham, Amari Harris, Megan Kohnhorst, Daniel Mariño 

Access Staff: Mark Conway, Patrick Evans, Rachael Hammond, Hayley Hill, Tom Simper, Rosie Vincent

Youth Forum Representatives: Amber, Damini, Desmond, Hana, Harper, Indra, Lola, Martha, Mia, Michael, Mikaeel, Satsuki, Violet, Zahra and Zak.

If you wish to get in touch with a member of staff please contact us.




Adeel Akhtar
AdeelAkhtar-150 In his early career, Adeel Akhtar performed in a number of projects at Half Moon Theatre before moving onto a successful film and TV career. He is best known for his roles in the films Four Lions, Pan, The DictatorThe Big Sick and Victoria & Abdul. Adeel’s TV work includes Utopia (playing Wilson Wilson, for which he was nominated for both a BAFTA and Royal Television Society Award), The River, Capital, Trollied, The Night Manager, Apple Tree Yard and Murdered by My Father, for which he won a Leading Actor BAFTA.

View Adeel’s Stages of Half Moon profile page.

Michael Irving
MichaelIrving-150After training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in the late 1960s, Michael Irving co-founded the Half Moon Theatre in 1972, where he went on to perform in many productions, including In the Jungle of the Cities (1972), Will Wat, If Not, What Will? (1972), Sawdust Caesar (1972) and Female Transport (1973). Michael went on to have a successful theatre career, including roles in The DuellistsRough Music and Apart From George. Michael’s film work includes Personal Services and the father of Robert Pattinson’s character in How to Be.

View Michael’s Stages of Half Moon profile page.

Josie Lawrence
JosieLawrence-150Comedian and actor Josie Lawrence has a significant theatre, musical, radio and TV career. Her first job after leaving drama school was The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist (1983) at the Half Moon Theatre on Mile End Road, where she later played in Moll Flanders (1986) and Poppy (1988). Josie was also the wardrobe assistant in the Half Moon production of Dracula (1984), starring Daniel Day Lewis and Peter Capaldi. Other stage work includes numerous roles at the Royal National Theatre, Mrs Anna in The King and I (London Palladium) and Katharine in The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), for which she received the Dame Peggy Ashcroft award for Best Actress.  Josie’s TV work includes Humans, EastEndersYou Have Been Watching, At Home With The Kennedy’s, Jonathan Creek and nine series of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Since 1985 Josie has been a member of The Comedy Store Players based at London’s famous Comedy Store. In 2016 Josie created the female improv group The Glenda J Collective.

View Josie’s Stages of Half Moon profile page.

Linda Marlowe
LindaMarlowe-150Linda Marlowe has a significant film, TV and directing career dating back to the 1960s. Her film work includes Tinker Taylor Solider Spy, Big Zapper, Beckett, The Man Outside, Manifesto, The House of Mirth and Denial. She performed in several productions at the Half Moon Theatre on Alie Street including Grand Larceny (1977); Dick Whittington, or The City of Fear (1977) and Greek (1980), which was one of many Stephen Berkoff plays created for her including, among others Decadence, East, The Trial and Metamorphosis, for which she is internationally best known. Linda has also created and performed in a number of one woman shows including the multi-award winning Berkoff’s Women. Until recently, she was a familiar face on EastEnders, where she played regular character Sylvie Carter in a moving storyline of an older woman with Alzheimer’s. Linda’s TV work includes Jekyll, Foyle’s War, Spooks, The Borgias and Houdini.

View Linda’s Stages of Half Moon profile page.


Council of Management – Trustees


Dawn Harrison-Wallace – Chair
Dawn is a Management Consultant specialising in organisational development and change management. After several years in the Oil and Gas Industry she recently moved into the Third Sector. She is also a Trustee of the Stock Exchange Dramatic and Operatic Society, and was first introduced to Half Moon in 2008 when they were looking for their first Charity of the Year.

Mark Macey – Vice Chair
Mark has worked for the BBC for many years, as a producer and project manager across various projects in radio, TV, Children’s, Learning and Archives. He has recently been working on education projects for the museums, libraries and galleries sector. Mark is passionate about theatre and attends productions regularly and also acts with amateur dramatic companies across London.

Elaine Mc Laughlin – Treasurer
Elaine is a qualified Accountant and currently works for Deutsche Bank. She has also worked for Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and PwC. She has worked in Ireland, Sudan, Congo, Mumbai and London. She joined Half Moon, drawn by what Half Moon has achieved with young people both in terms of personal confidence and education through providing access to theatre. Elaine lives in Tower Hamlets.

Heba Al-Jayoosi
Heba is an Assistant Head at a local primary school where she leads inclusion and research. She is a Specialist Leader of Education within the area of Special Educational Needs and has trained teachers and supported local schools in this field. Heba is also a Deputy Regional Lead for the East of England and North East London at Whole Schools SEND. Heba qualified as a teacher in 2006 and has worked in several inner London boroughs since. Before qualifying as a teacher, Heba was a laboratory scientist at The Anthony Nolan Trust where she carried out tissue typing of patients and donor for transplantation purposes.

Kevin Eastwood
Kevin is Head of Drama as well as a middle leader in pastoral care at a secondary school in the local area. Kevin has a background in children’s theatre following his graduation from university in 2012 and it is this experience that further drives his interest in the projects that Half Moon Theatre run – such as the hugely successful Careers in Theatre programme, which Kevin has been involved with for the last four years.

Anuradha Laws
Anuradha is Head of English at a sixth form college in North London. She has been coming to Half Moon for many years as an audience member and has always been impressed at how engaged the children are. Her daughters attend Half Moon Youth Theatres and they have all met people from different parts of Tower Hamlets through the theatre. Anuradha lives in Tower Hamlets

Mary Mc Colgan
Mary currently leads digital, brand and marketing activity for Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative, a social action movement to change perceptions about dementia. She is a Chartered Institute of Marketing qualified marketer with several years’ experience working in the non-profit and charity sectors. Interested in the theatre’s impact for young people both locally and nationally, she joined Half Moon in 2019.

Sarah Nottingham
Sarah is a Family Law Barrister, who specialises in child law and protection. Sarah works in and around London, and has extensive experience of the East London boroughs. Prior to joining the Bar, Sarah spent four years working for specialist family law solicitors and women’s aid. Sarah has undertaken voluntary work with young people in various contexts spanning many years and completed a Masters in Applied Theatre in 2015.

Tauhid Pasha
Tauhid is Senior Coordinator at the International Organisation for Migration’s UK office. IOM is part of the United Nations and Tauhid runs a programme assisting vulnerable migrants across North and West Africa. Tauhid is a qualified solicitor and was Legal Director of JCWI, one of the UK’s leading immigration campaign organisations. He is from Birmingham, where he was Chair of the Bangladeshi Youth Forum. He now lives in Tower Hamlets with his wife, who is a local teacher, and their daughter who is a keen Half Moon audience member.

James Wakefield
James is a social worker who has worked in mental health in the NHS for many years within various inner London boroughs. He attended the Half Moon in his teens as a participant and also worked at the theatre early in his career; and now his daughter attends the Half Moon Youth Theatre. He values how the theatre uses drama as a tool for learning and development; equipping children and young people with confidence, lifelong skills and friends. James lives in Tower Hamlets.



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