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Schools’ Shows

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 Jen on 020 7709 8905 or schools@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

Party

Nursery to Year 1
Fri 27 May
Fri 10 June

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The Elves and the Shoemaker

Nursery to Year 3
Thu 16 June
Fri 17 June

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Handa’s Surprise

Nursery to Year 1
Thu 23 June
Fri 24 June

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Jack Frost and the Search for Winter

Nursery to Year 1
Thu 24 November
Fri 25 November

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Daytime Deewane

KS3 and KS4
Thu 10 November
Fri 11 November
Mon 14 November
Tues 15 November

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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

Friday 27 May 2022 | 10.30am
Friday 10 June 2022 | 10.30am and 1.30pm

Performance running time | 40 minutes

Interested? Get in touch using the enquiry form at the bottom of the page or by contacting Jen on 020 7709 8905 or schools@halfmoon.org.uk to find out more.

Watch the trailer Explore the show’s history and creation

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A funny, anarchic play that will capture the interest and imagination of children…. [Party] wowed the kids and kept them all gripped…the magical grand finale had every child in the room screaming with joy.”

Everything Theatre

Nursery to Year 3

The Elves & The Shoemaker

Shooooooooooooooes! Ah, new shoes. Delightful on the feet. Soft, dancing shoes; swarthy pirate shoes; silver buckle and silken soles. No one makes shoes like an elf.

This well-known and well-loved tale has been re-heeled by Theatre of Widdershins in their own inimitable and dynamic style. Beautifully crafted set and puppets, sublime music, a kaleidoscope of miniature shoes and a comic mouse all make this show a magical must-see. Performed by one of our most popular and regular theatre companies, we expect a high demand for tickets, so don’t miss out!

The Elves and The Shoemaker is a Theatre of Widdershins production.

Performance times

Thursday 16 June | 10.30am and 1.30pm
Friday 17 June | 10.30am and 1.30pm

Performance running time | 40 minutes

Interested? Get in touch using the enquiry form at the bottom of the page or by contacting Jen on 020 7709 8905 or schools@halfmoon.org.uk to find out more.

Watch the trailer

Nursery to Year 1

Handa’s Surprise

Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa’s footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend Akeyo, in the next village.

Handa is taking 7 delicious fruits as a surprise – but 7 different animals have 7 very different ideas… could you resist the sweet-smelling guava? How about a ripe red mango or a tangy purple passion fruit?

A blend of physical performance, puppetry, live music and song combine to create an intimate, magical production with audience participation. Come and share in the magical tangerine surprise!

Handa’s Surprise is a Little Angel Theatre Production, based on the book by Eileen Brown, published by Walker Books Ltd.

Early booking is advised as this show has limited capacity. The small audience sit on cushions and mats around the stage for an intimate experience, and there is a chance to join in the dancing at the end.

Performance times

Thursday 23 June | 10.30am, 11.30am and 1.30pm
Friday 24 June | 10.30am, 11.30am and 1.30pm

Performance running time | 35 minutes

Interested? Get in touch using the enquiry form at the bottom of the page or by contacting Jen on 020 7709 8905 or schools@halfmoon.org.uk to find out more.

Watch the trailer

“I have never, ever seen a group of children so captivated by what’s been put in front of them! The two ladies who told the story were excellent and kept the children totally engrossed from start to end. If the children weren’t laughing, they were sitting almost hypnotised by the story!”

J. Kelly, Chantry Primary Academy

“Wow! What a show! Just to say how much the adults and the children enjoyed the show. The children were enthralled throughout and the adults thought it was the best show they have seen for a long time!”

C. Watkins, Leominster Infant School

KS3 and KS4

Daytime Deewane

An exhilarating gig theatre adventure.

It’s 1997 and London is about to have its last daytime rave. The end of an era is approaching. British South Asians flock for their last taste of rebellion. Among them are cousins Farhan and Sadiq. Both very different. Both escaping something. Both trying to decide what it means to be British and Pakistani, to be Muslim and a man – and they’ve got until 6pm to figure it out.

Inspired by the daytime raves of 1990s British Asian culture, Daytime Deewane explores the beauty and struggle of living with a multi-cultural identity as a teenager. Featuring a DJ mix merging soundscapes, dance music and spoken word, this immersive new show is an exhilarating gig theatre adventure.

Daytime Deewane, by Azan Ahmed, is the latest production from Half Moon, the UK’s leading small-scale young people’s venue and touring company, winner of the 2019 and 2018 Offies Award (Off West End Theatre) for Best Production for Young People Age 13+ (Crowded and What Once Was Ours).

Performance times

Thursday 10 November | 4.30pm and 7pm
Friday 11 November | 1.30pm and 4.30pm
Monday 14 November | 4.30pm and 7pm
Tuesday 15 November | 10.30am and 1.30pm

Performance running time | 60 minutes (no interval) plus post performance Q&A.

Interested? Get in touch using the enquiry form at the bottom of the page or by contacting Beccy on 020 7709 8908 or schools@halfmoon.org.uk to find out more.

Nursery to Year 1

Jack Frost and the Search for Winter

When temperatures drop and cold snaps come, that means only one thing: Jack Frost is here!

Jack Frost is a mischievous young boy with a frozen touch. His magic transforms the landscape and brings the colours of autumn and the chill of cold winter. He freezes the orange and red leaves, and covers the trees and ground with a glistening blanket of ice and snow.

But this year when winter comes around the snow begins to melt and along with it Jack’s extraordinary magic fades. With his powers lost he becomes just an ordinary boy.

In this wintery tale, Jack and his new found friend, search for winter and attempt to restore Jack’s special gift. Circling the globe they meet characters who share their own special shimmering seasonal winter magic, but will Jack’s magic return?

Join tutti frutti for this enchanting new play by poet and playwright Joseph Coelho with important environmental themes, a touch of wintery fun and original live music.

Performance times

Thursday 24 November | 10.30am and 1.30pm
Friday 25 November | 10.30am and 1.30pm

Performance running time | 60 minutes

Interested? Get in touch using the enquiry form at the bottom of the page or by contacting Jen on 020 7709 8905 or schools@halfmoon.org.uk to find out more.

“Anyone who enjoys a charming, funny, inventive afternoon at the theatre will be sure to come out with a grin on their face.”

British Theatre Guide on previous tutti frutti shows

Virtual shows for schools in 2022

  • 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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