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Half Moon works with the University of East London on a number of projects supporting the delivery of under- and post-graduate courses. This has included: presenting the final performances of M.A. Applied Theatre; working with level 5 undergraduate Theatre Practice students on their community based research unit, Public Places; commissioning Level 5 undergraduate Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance students on their Cultural Entrepreneurship unit; and providing work experience opportunities for students.
We have worked alongside staff at the University to deliver the under-graduate module, Theatre for Young Audiences. Taught over 16 weeks, this provides an opportunity for students to develop a collaborative devising methodology that will lead to the creation and performance of a new piece of theatre for children. The students engage in researching the theory and practice of current children’s theatre-makers, have an opportunity to see the work of Half Moon and participate in masterclasses, in order to develop an understanding of theatre for children. Students are encouraged to contextualise and reflect on their own theatre-making methodology within the context of current practices of making theatre for children. The final pieces are performed to a schools audience.
Since 2011, 27 new pieces of theatre have been developed as part of this programme.