How do you sort your head out when it gets too crowded in there?

It’s the beginning of summer and the community festival is in full swing in the local park. Everyone is there. Crowds queue but among the smiles and excitement lies something that could spoil this party…

Developed in direct response to the growing number of teenagers in the UK struggling with their mental health, Crowded tells the story of ordinary young people whose anxiety, depression and desire leads to harmful and destructive behaviours.

Giving voice to emotions that are often unspoken due to social stigma, Crowded is a powerful, funny and uncompromising story, presented in a striking, immersive spoken word style with the audience part of the action. It is written and performed by three inspiring poet performers: Desree, Laura Rae and Slam the Poet, with additional text by Rosemary Harris.

Crowded is a Half Moon and Apples and Snakes co-production: an exciting collaboration by the UK’s leading small-scale young people’s venue and touring company (2018 finalist and 2017 Off West End Award winner for Best Production for Young People Aged 13+) and England’s leading spoken word poetry organisation.

Please note, Crowded is an immersive production. There is no assigned seating and audiences stand throughout the performance. If you have any access requirements please contact the box office.

The performance is immediately followed by a short interactive talkback session.

Originally commissioned in association with Spine Festival, London 2019.

This production contains themes that some people may find distressing.








Half Moon Theatre, London
Wednesday 6 to Monday 11 November
(no performance on Sunday 10 November)


the egg, Bath
Tuesday 12 November


The Garage, Norwich
Wednesday 13 November


Stamford Arts Centre
Thursday 14 November


Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
Friday 15 November


Forest Forge Theatre, Ringwood
Saturday 16 November


Half Moon Theatre, London
Monday 18 November


Chats Palace Arts Centre, London
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Tuesday 19 November


Tramshed, Greenwich
Wednesday 20 November


Farnham Maltings
Thursday 21 November


Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham
Friday 22 November