MP Rushanara joins Half Moon for celebrations Sat 27 Sep



RA Photo CropHalf Moon are delighted to announce that Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow and Shadow Minister for Education, will be cutting a ribbon at the Limehouse venue on Saturday 27 September at midday to celebrate the completion of the capital project which has seen the venue extensively renovated inside and out.

This event forms part of the #LimehouseLandmark season of events, which celebrates the heritage of Half Moon’s 150-year old home which the young people’s theatre company have been resident in for 20 years. Alongside the ribbon cutting, the day will also include free art and craft, street dance and music workshops, guided walks around the local area from historian John Constable and performances of Up in the Attic (tickets £6), the first production in Half Moon’s autumn season. This day of events has been supported by Tower Hamlets Events Fund.

The #LimehouseLandmark season, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will continue through the autumn. Other events in the season include the launch of a special exhibition showcasing the building’s many community roles during its 150 years and family storytelling sessions on Saturday 1 November and performances from all five of Half Moon’s Youth Theatres on Saturday 6 December.

Rushanara Ali is the Labour Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow. In October 2013, Rushanara was appointed Shadow Minister for Education in the Labour reshuffle. Previously, Rushanara was appointed to the Labour front bench as Shadow Minister for International Development. Prior to her election in May 2010, she was Associate Director of the Young Foundation. She previously worked at the Communities Directorate of the Home Office, leading a work programme in response to the 2001 disturbances in the North of England (2002-2005). She has also worked as the Research Assistant to Lord Young of Dartington (author of the 1945 Labour Party manifesto), helping him to set up Futureversity (formerly known as Tower Hamlets Summer University) and Language Line, a national telephone interpreting company.

Chris Elwell, Director of Half Moon commented: “I am delighted that Rushanara Ali, our local MP with credentials in education and youth welfare, will be joining us on Saturday 27 September for a ribbon cutting and a day of celebrations. The capital project has given our beautiful home a brand new lease of life, and we’re thrilled with the finished results. I hope as many members of the local community as possible will be able to come and celebrate with us. ”

#LimehouseLandmark Season Opening
Sat 27 September 11am – 4pm

You’re invited to a day of special events celebrating the history of Half Moon’s beautiful Victorian building, which opened as Limehouse Board of Works 150 years ago. In 2014, Half Moon are also celebrating the building’s 20 years as a young people’s theatre by bringing together all of the stories of the building’s heritage to share with the local community. The day’s activities will include guided tours around the building and local area, and we will be showcasing the many different art forms we offer at Half Moon.

10am – 4pm: Around Half Moon by David Mott – Free photographic exhibition and gallery trail
11am – 3.30pm: Free art and craft activities
11am: Performance of Up in the Attic – all tickets £6
12noon: Official ribbon cutting from Rushanara Ali MP
12.15pm – 12.45pm: Free street Dance workshop
12.30pm: Free historical guided walk
12.45pm – 1.15pm: Free music workshop
1.30pm: Free historical guided walk
2pm: Performance of Up in the Attic – all tickets £6
3pm: Free historical guided walk

Supported by Tower Hamlets Events Fund. #LimehouseLandmark is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.