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At Half Moon, we have a wide range of live shows and virtual performances on throughout the year which are available for schools to book. These include live performances that take place at our theatre and virtual performance packages to watch at school.

Most of the dates for shows in our theatre are set at the start of the academic year, but we can sometimes offer additional live performances of one of our shows at the theatre in response to requests from schools.

Interested in a specific live performance at a specific time of year? Take a look at the list below and get in touch using the enquiry form at the bottom of the page or by contacting Androulla on 020 7709 8905 or androulla@halfmoon.org.uk to find out more.

All tickets are £7 each. We offer free tickets for adults in line with the recommended ratios as outlined by Ofsted:

Nursery – one free adult ticket for every two child tickets bought
Reception – one free adult ticket for every four child tickets bought
KS1 – one free adult ticket for every six child tickets bought
KS2 and up – one free adult ticket for every ten child tickets bought

Note: some Secondary Schools have booked one of our shows for younger children as a reference piece for GCSE groups looking at the genre of Children’s Theatre, hosting a performance for a local feeder Primary School.

Live shows for schools in 2022

Butterflies

Nursery to Year 4
Fri 28 Jan
(and some dates for in your school)

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Party

Nursery to Year 1
Thu 24, Fri 25 Feb & Thu 3, Fri 4 Mar

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Josephine

Year 3 to Year 6
Fri 11 Mar

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Nursery to Year 4

Butterflies

“I’ve got that funny feeling again… it’s a good thing, right?”

Three friends embark on an exciting adventure to chase their butterflies away. They cross new seas to uncharted lands, on a journey filled with discovery. The only trouble is they’re all a bit worried about it! During their voyage the group ride the waves, walk high bridges, skirt deep caves and climb to the sky, before reaching dry land braver than ever before.

Created in response to young children’s experience of anxiety Butterflies is an uplifting tale of friendship, courage and facing your fears, told using innovative staging, breathtaking physicality, touching humour and an original musical score.

Butterflies is a Tangled Feet and Half Moon co-production.

Performance times

Friday 28 Jan 2022 | 10.30am and 1.30pm

Performance running time | 45 minutes

This show can also perform in your school on certain dates in February.
Mindfulness Workshop Resource Pack also available.

 

Watch the trailer Explore the show’s history and creation Send an email enquiry

Butterflies shines a light on the challenging circumstances many young people are living in. As someone who has had anxiety for as long as I can remember – certainly from the age of the young audience sat around me, captivated by the show – seeing Butterflies 20 years ago would have been a truly transformative experience, though watching it now is powerful enough.”

Children’s Theatre Review

“The children absolutely loved the show and so did I. The performers were brilliant and the story that they told through drama was just so perfect in addressing some of the things that our children face on a day-to-day basis. For me, to see a child who struggles to focus being able to sit still for 45 minutes mesmerised, and another child giggling and participating despite not knowing English, was amazing. It was a joy to see how inclusive and effective it was!”

Classroom teacher, Icknield Lower School, Dunstable

Nursery to Year 1

Party

A quirky birthday party to remember.

Afonso wants to go to his best friend’s birthday party, but where is his invitation – has it been lost in the post, or maybe he wasn’t even invited? When it finally arrives the excitement and nerves become too much to handle. What should he wear? Will they have balloons? Will anyone play with him? And what about the cake?

Heartfelt, provocative and full of quirky humour, Party features striking, colourful designs and a glorious contemporary soundtrack. Let the warmth of a Portuguese summer take you to a place where difference is something to celebrate.

Party is a Half Moon production.

Performance times

Thursday 24 Feb 2022 | 10.30am and 1.30pm
Friday 25 Feb 2022 | 10.30am and 1.30pm
Thursday 3 Mar 2022 | 10.30am and 1.30pm
Friday 4 Mar 2022 | 10.30am and 1.30pm

Performance running time | 40 minutes

Watch the trailer Explore the show’s history and creation Send an email enquiry

Year 3 to Year 6

Josephine

Josephine Baker, the little girl from Missouri who became an original 20th Century icon.

Dancer, actor, activist, campaigner, spy and mother to the multicultural Rainbow Tribe, Josephine broke the mould and high-kicked the pieces to the kerb.

But, almost 50 years after her death, Café Josephine, a down-at-heel New York diner dedicated to her memory, faces closure. Nobody remembers Josephine, who she was, what she did, what she stood for. And she just can’t allow that.

With a sultry, Harlem Renaissance-inspired score, Charleston dancing and a hatful of historical figures, Josephine blurs the real with the imagined as we follow one woman’s incredible journey from the slums of St Louis via the bright lights of Paris and into the hearts of the world.

Josephine is presented by The Egg, Wales Millennium Centre and Oxford Playhouse and is a Holm Theatre production.

Schools that book tickets for Josephine will have access to a Digital Learning Portal, which has acres and acres of rich curriculum-linked material for teachers divided into two parts: Pre-Show and Post Show.

Performance times

Friday 11 Mar 2022 | 10.30am and 1.30pm

Performance running time | 60 minutes

Watch the trailer Read the Guardian review Send an email enquiry

Virtual shows for schools in 2021

  • A Half Moon and Z-Arts co-production
    When Little Titch and her scruffy rucksack arrive at the giant, pink house it is not what she expected – a blanket of thick grey dust covers everything in sight and it is wild and overgrown. Her new home is cold and unwelcoming until she meets Nelly, a flamboyant and loveable hoarder. Together the pair discover they have more in common than they first thought and that friendship can heal hidden wounds.

    Written by acclaimed award winning children’s author Laura Dockrill (Darcy Burdock book series, Big BonesDust uses exciting puppetry and exquisite poetic language to explore a heartfelt story about love, loss, identity and memory. With haunting music by Hugo White of The Maccabees, this striking and emotional new play is a joyous reminder about just how playful the world can be.

    Dust is a Half Moon and Z-Arts co-production: an exciting collaboration by the UK’s leading small-scale young people’s venue and touring company and Manchester’s unique and award-winning venue for children and families.

    Schools’ Virtual Ticket: £50+VAT

    • You can buy access to this show for your school from now until the end of the academic year (July 2022).
    • This virtual package includes a password protected Vimeo link for the performance to use as many times as you wish.
    • Links will also be provided to access three fifteen-minute drama workshops to support the show alongside script extracts for drama and literacy activities in the classroom.
    • This show has closed captioning for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.
    • A BSL-interpreted performance is also available.

    Show Running Time: 56 mins

  • Half Moon presents
    a Justin Coe production
    Jackson’s dad is building a new house out of weird and whacky bits and bobs that people have thrown away. The last few years have been hard for young Jackson, living without his mum. Now his dad wants to make a new start, but Jackson isn’t ready to move on. Not until he blows the dust off mum’s favourite old book and conjures up the Story Fairy. But can stories really help Jackson believe in himself and be happy in a new home?

    Celebrating books and the joy of reading, The House That Jackson Built features a larger than life pop-up book and thrilling adventures, including a giant who cannot say “fee-fi-fo-fum”, an elephant professor and the Wordy Wordy Birdie. This magical spoken word theatre show delights in family, recycling and the power of imagination.

    The House That Jackson Built is Justin Coe’s brand new spoken word show for children, following the highly popular Young Herbert’s Horrors and Big Wow, Small Wonder.

    Schools’ Virtual Ticket: £50+VAT

    • You can buy access to this show for your school from now until the end of the academic year (July 2022).
    • This virtual package includes a password protected Vimeo link for the performance to use as many times as you wish.
    • Links will also be provided to access three fifteen-minute drama workshops to support the show.
    • This show has closed captioning for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.
    • A BSL-interpreted performance is also available.

    Show Running Time: 58 mins

  • Half Moon presents
    A Lots of Odds Theatre production

    Take flight with two new friends as they soar through clouds, fly over distant seas and circle faraway lands. They touch down in mysterious new places and discover oceans to swim in, rocks to clamber over and bridges to cross. But where will they fly to next?

    Lift-off on a journey full of music, physicality and zooming paper aeroplanes, where sometimes the skies are not as clear as we first think.

    Developed with children who have shared their experiences of losing loved ones, Paper Aeroplane sensitively explores loss and bereavement, the challenges we face when trying to move on, and how we can help one another along the way.

    Paper Aeroplane is Lots of Odds’ brand new show for children, following the highly popular The Goose Who Flew. It was a 2020 Off West End OnComm Award finalist for Best Show for Children.

    Schools’ Virtual Ticket: £50+VAT

    • You can buy access to this show for your school from now until the end of the academic year (July 2022).
    • This virtual package includes a password protected Vimeo link for the performance to use as many times as you wish.
    • Links will also be provided to access three fifteen-minute drama workshops to support the show.
    • This show has closed captioning for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.
    • A BSL-interpreted performance is also available.

    Running time: 47 minutes

  • Little Seed Music, Half Moon and The Story Museum Oxford presentA David Gibb production

    All aboard! Family singer songwriter David Gibb is proud to be the driver of the world’s first bus to be powered by song. However, his passengers’ choice of music can sometimes be a little unusual. From talking sunflowers to digging for buried treasure, David needs your help to find the perfect song for each of his passengers and get his magical, musical bus rolling down the road!

    David’s songwriting draws from a wide range of musical influences, deftly blending folk, jazz, reggae and rock and roll, always with an emphasis on quality and musicianship reminiscent of the classics. Guaranteed to have both parents and children singing along in no time, this is show the whole family can enjoy together.

    Schools’ Virtual Ticket: £50+VAT

    • You can buy access to this show for your school from now until the end of the academic year (July 2022).
    • This virtual package includes a password protected Vimeo link for the performance to use as many times as you wish.
    • Links will also be provided for a lesson plan so children can dive into a song from the show and think about writing their own.
    • This show has closed captioning for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

    Show Running Time: 49 mins

  • A Zest Theatre and Half Moon co-production
    A hard-hitting show about identity, belonging and Brexit.

    Katie and Callum couldn’t be any more distant and disconnected: different heritage, different cities, different opportunities. Except there is one thing they’ll always have in common: Dad. What happens when Callum suddenly turns up in desperate need of help?

    Created against the background of Brexit in 2017, this hard-hitting production is now being presented online, as the UK exits the EU. Developed in consultation with young people across the country, What Once Was Ours uses their direct words and opinions to explore how politics and national values impact on the complex lives of one family and asks why we’ve become so fearful of anyone who is different from us.

    Still powerfully relevant and directly provocative, the Off West End Award winning What Once Was Ours is a Zest Theatre and Half Moon co-production.

    Schools’ Virtual Ticket: £50+VAT

    • You can buy access to this show for your school from now until the end of the academic year (July 2022).
    • This virtual package includes a password protected Vimeo link for the performance to use as many times as you wish.
    • Links will also be provided to access an extensive range of interviews from the original ‘live’ tour and a downloadable education pack.
    • A bonus feature for this virtual tour includes a filmed discussion with Half Moon and Zest about why the show is relevant to young audiences right now and the ways in which the virtual tour experience differs from the live experience for audiences.
    • This show has closed captioning for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

    Show Running Time: 52 mins

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