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Careers in Theatre

Careers in Theatre is our hands-on, project-management style experience of all aspects of professional theatre at KS4 is a multi-disciplinary introduction to theatre making.

Note: this programme is mainly for KS4, but some KS3 students attend to understand what GCSE Drama involves. We have also successfully run the programme for Y7s as a stand-alone day as a tool to develop collaboration and team-building. Please contact us to discuss how the programme can best support your school. 

Contact Androulla to discuss your school’s needs androulla@halfmoon.org.uk

“My students learn more during a day of Careers in Theatre than I can teach them in a year. The learning is practical and goes beyond anything I can offer as a lone Drama teacher in my school in a small studio with very limited technical equipment. We come every year and it keeps getting better and better.”

Head of Drama, Tower Hamlets Secondary School

Phases 1 and 2

  • A day-long programme which brings together around 50 students, often from two or three different schools, in teams of five disciplines who use a script extract as a stimulus to work collaboratively to produce a fully staged performance by 5pm. More than 250 young people take part over five days.

  • One student from each school undertakes a one-week work experience placement at Half Moon including observing workshop activities in the local community. Half Moon also offers ten week, two-hour volunteering roles in our Youth Theatres for Tower Hamlet’s students working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards or other volunteering schemes.

Phase 1, ‘Play in a Day’

Careers in Theatre gives participants the opportunity to work alongside theatre specialists culminating in creating a performance piece over just one day. Students are allocated a discipline for the day:

  • Acting
  • Stage Management
  • Lighting Design
  • Set/Costume Design
  • Composition/Sound Design

The day is student-led, culminating in role-playing a production meeting, running the technical and dress rehearsals, leading up to the final performance.

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Dates and Prices

Phase One 2024 will take place on:

Thursday 17th October, 9.15am-5pm
Friday 18th October, 9.15am-5pm
Monday 21st October, 9.15am-5pm
Thursday 24th October, 9.15am-5pm
Friday 25th October, 9.15am-5pm

If you are interested in booking a date for your school for the coming autumn term, get in touch.

Email Androulla for more information

“I learnt a lot of fun stuff about drama that I didn’t already know. I learned that drama is not only acting. I learnt that the disciplines such as lighting are just as important as acting and that you need to collaborate with others to create a good play and that acting school can be many things and not just about the actors.”

Careers in Theatre Participant

“Everything about the day was enjoyable, I’m not even trying to butter up you guys, this is a very well-run programme and now I am even thinking about a career in lighting. Also, I can admit when I’m wrong, which I was, because the responsibility of never missing a cue was quite hard.”

Careers in Theatre Participant

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