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Half Moon has developed a strong on-going relationship with Rose Bruford College through their specialist under- and post-graduate Theatre for Young Audiences courses, as well as the undergraduate Technical and Actor/Actor Musician courses. As well as providing opportunities for students to work alongside us on projects for schools and community groups, Careers in Theatre being one example (a project where technical students have been on placement annually since 2000).
Recently, this relationship has developed, with Half Moon staff providing master classes and mentorship opportunties with a focus upon the college’s MA Theatre for Young Audiences and MA Actor-Musicianship courses. In the Autumn of 2019, this includes an exciting three-day festival of new work for young people created by these students about to graduate from these courses. The festival – New Voices – presents work that reflects their interests and the ambition to engage audiences from a range of ages and backgrounds, in ways that celebrate the unique and powerful ways in which live theatre can bring people together. The festival features an impressive selection of theatre styles and genres – including puppetry, comedy, live music and dance – for young audiences aged 2-16.
Previously, between 2011 and 2015, we provided a final year performance project where students from across all courses mirrored the development and presentation of a new piece of theatre aimed at young audiences. These plays were presented as multi-performance runs for our local schools, family and community groups at Half Moon. By working in a professional theatre environment working with and being mentored by Half Moon’s team, this programme offered students a real taste of working within the profession weeks before they exit training and begin their careers. In recent years this has included Scrub a Dub, Dig and Delve and Up, Up and Away (see Exchange for Change for more details).
In 2014, we developed Colour as part of this on-going project: