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Work Experience and Volunteering

Work Experience

Half Moon is committed to providing quality work experience opportunities to young people from our local area who are keen to find out more about different job roles.

As a small organisation we are unable to host more than one work experience placement at a time and do limit who we consider for a placement at Half Moon. Please ensure you fit one of the categories listed below before contacting us regarding work experience.

If you fit into either of the categories below and wish to be considered for a placement, please contact us.

Please email Jen schools@halfmoon.org.uk

Read our work experience blogs

Secondary School/College Students

Half Moon is only able to host work experience for young people from Secondary Schools and Colleges in Tower Hamlets on one-week work experience placements through the Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership (The Switch) or for young people who attend one of our Youth Theatres.

We also offer work experience placements to young people from Tower Hamlets and out-of-borough schools who have attended our Careers in Theatre Programme.

We have a new Trainee Programme for school leavers from Tower Hamlets interested in making their first steps into the industry in access, front of house and lighting work.

Find out about the Trainee Programme

Higher Education Students

Half Moon regularly hosts placements for undergraduate and postgraduate students from relevant courses (such as Applied Theatre etc).

We have long-standing relationships with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London South Bank University, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Rose Bruford College, Queen Mary University of London and the University of East London. We are also developing relationships with Goldsmiths University of London and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

We prioritise placement students from these institutions and it is very unlikely that we will accept requests for placements from students studying at other institutions.

Find out about Work-Based Learning Placements at Half Moon

Volunteer at Half Moon

We offer two-hour a week for one term volunteering roles to young people working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards or other volunteering schemes. We also provide similar opportunities to students from our partner universities or local adult residents keen to gain experience working with children and young people.

Each term, young people in our Lunar and Orbit Youth Theatres, or young people who live or go to school in the local area have the chance to volunteer on some of our Youth Theatre sessions or programmes in the community.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact us. Volunteering placements are popular and there is currently a waiting list for these opportunities.

Volunteering Blog: Omika

“Volunteering at Half Moon has been an utterly fantastic opportunity for me to participate in. During the time that I spent working with Half Moon, I learned how to work with young children and how to evaluate. This has led me to developing my creative ideas and my ability to understand and help children to interpret their ideas on a bigger scale. The children’s hard work was evident in the December performance, where they performed on stage a story of a snowball’s adventure by using umbrellas, a tent, a bed sheet, a projector and a wall. This may all seem very abstract, but the performance they presented was absolutely amazing. In addition, the Half Moon Theatre company has also helped me to experience what potential work life may be like, and also made me contemplate about what I would like to be in the future, and made me love drama even more than I did before I volunteered. I would like to thank the Half Moon staff for warmly welcoming me with smiles and kindness and allowing me access to this opportunity.”

Volunteering Blog: Mia

“My life has changed so much since working with young people, and it’s made me realise how important creative outlets are to young people with a lot on their mind. I was an assistant, helping the Lunar Youth Theatre, which has been a great opportunity to get to know and learn from the teachers-they set a fantastic example. I help the class with their work (individually and in groups), watching them as they follow instructions and giving them advice when they ask for it. I also help keep control of the class and encourage a respectful and fun learning environment, making sure that they are listening so that they understand the instructions given. The term’s piece was about the pressures teenagers face in their daily lives-from the pressure to do well academically, to the expectations of family, to peer pressure, negative body image and the dark side of social media. The thought, time and effort put into the show was a testament to how much young talent there is in East London, and I am so proud of everyone involved. I would definitely recommend volunteering-the best thing you can do for yourself and others!”

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