Join Youth Theatre!
Open to everyone 5-18yrs. Join Half Moon Youth Theatre today - a brilliant way to explore drama, make new friends and create performances.
All of our Youth Theatre members also have the chance to participate in our Youth Forum to feed back their thoughts to the tutors, core team and Board of Trustees at Half Moon.
Each term, we celebrate the positive contributions of two young people from each of our eight Youth Theatres through our Recognition Scheme. For Lunar, Orbit and Solar, one of these awards each term is a Jack Petchey Award.
All voting is done by the young people themselves and part of our commitment to encouraging all our young people to celebrate their own contributions as well as recognising the development and participation of their peers.
The young people create a wish list of items and additional experiences they would like which are funded by the Jack Petchey Award. This includes trips to performances, sessions with specialist artists, or equipment for their Youth Theatre sessions.
Jack Petchey and Recognition Award winners, their families and carers, community representatives, local VIPs and Half Moon staff attend the Awards presentations which take place as part of the end of term Youth Theatre sharings.
Our most recent four Jack Petchey winners were selected by their groups for a variety of qualities, such as: always taking a leadership role in group work and being good at making younger group members feel welcome; bringing an infectious energy and enthusiasm into their group; gaining in confidence and consistently engaging in more aspects of the sessions; being a good friend and always being helpful.
One young person chose to spend the money on coat racks for Youth Theatre sessions whilst another asked for us to put on a movie night for all groups to come together to socialise – with pizza and popcorn! One young person asked for a designer who could come into their Youth Theatre sessions to design the set for their sharing. Another young person asked for us to buy some props and costumes for the summer Youth Theatre sharing.
We also run the Jack Petchey Leader Award. Our Youth Theatre members voted for, Sam Adams, a Leader who inspires and supports them. Sam asked for the Small Grants funding to then be spent on new chairs for our foyer space where Youth Theatre members socialise together.
Our gallery of all our winners can be seen in the youth theatre noticeboard in our foyer. Take a look when you next visit.
We are also able to support members of our Youth Theatre to gain the Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver Arts Award. The Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification that has been developed by Arts Council England and Trinity Guildhall and aims to inspire young people to develop their arts and leadership talents.