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Our bespoke programmes for Early Years include introductions to a performance at our theatre and term-long programmes exploring the outdoors and dance and movement.
A series of sessions across a term or just a few weeks: the Dance and Drama programme for Early Years builds from movement, physical expression and dance to stories and narrative through storyworlds and multi-sensory play. Sessions enable a class of children (or a smaller group of children and their parents/carers together) to explore their bodies and their imaginations, encouraging children to feel confident with dance and creative movement, which impacts on the children’s physical development. Sessions develop children’s strength and balance as well as encouraging a sense of narrative in their play.
Note: similar programmes are available as after-school clubs for Primary Schools.
Each year we run an extensive Early Years participatory programme in partnership with a professional play for under 7s. This is often children’s first encounter with the theatre and we accompany the trip to see the show with workshops which explore its themes.
From January to March 2013 Half Moon worked with schools, nurseries and Children’s Centres in Tower Hamlets to deliver a programme around the performance, Moon & Genie. The children experienced a series of multi-sensory workshops in their own centres and watched the performance at Half Moon with parents and carers. The creative workshops were linked to the performance, providing children and their teachers with imaginative encounters combining drama, music and storytelling which looked at themes of healthy eating and intergenerational relationships.
From January – March 2014 we delivered an outreach programme connected to the performance of Big Red Bath, which explored animals and journeys.
Contact us to find out about forthcoming programmes.
Using the intimate and inquisitive play Leaf as the focus, we deliver a series of immersive workshops exploring play and story-making; developing communication skills, group work and children’s creative imagination. The play can be experienced at Half Moon or your own centre, offering children a gentle introduction to theatre. Leaf is a story with few words, where children are invited to journey into a world where the kitchen and garden meet. At the end of the performance, children are invited onto the stage to play among the leaves and explore a landscape created by the changing seasons.