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Half Moon was established in 1972 and became known for producing a range of political performances for adult East End audiences. By the 1980s, Half Moon had a Young People’s Theatre which was creating shows to tour to schools in Tower Hamlets and beyond. Some of these performances were groundbreaking for the time as they were participatory and immersive, explored controversial issues and some were presented bilingually in English and Sylheti-Bengali.
We have produced an online archive, Stages of Half Moon, which details all productions put on by Half Moon from 1972 to the present day. There are interviews with performers, directors and designers as well as participants and audience members. You can find out about the participatory work Half Moon has been doing since the 1970s in the form of projects and Youth Theatre performances. There’s also information about the three different buildings in which Half Moon has been based.
The website is a brilliant tool for drama teachers and students to use for research and as stimulus for devised performances. Below are some suggestions: