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Congratulations to Chris Elwell, Half Moon’s Director and CEO, who received a British Empire Medal at the Tower of London today for services to theatre and young people. Here he is with the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Mr Kenneth Olisa OBE. We are so proud of you!
Chris joined Half Moon in 1997 and it is now the UK’s leading small-scale young people’s venue and touring company, committed to supporting artists and young people at every stage of their creative development. He has directed over 30 pieces of work for family, teenage and community audiences and is also the curator of Exchange for Change, an development programme that challenges perceptions of theatre for young audiences.
Reintroduced in 2012 to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the British Empire Medal is awarded to people who have made a significant difference for their ‘hands-on’ service to the local community.
Chris explained what it means to him to receive the medal: “It is humbling and totally unexpected to have been nominated, and subsequently awarded, this magnificent honour in the Queen’s Birthday List. It is an award for the entire Half Moon community, past and present, and it is a privilege to have worked with so many talented people over the years. By accepting this award I honour the young people, parents, carers, core and freelance staff, artists, theatre makers, trustees and other members of the wider community who make Half Moon such an inclusive and progressive organisation. Thank you.”