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Youth Voice is an important part of Youth Theatre at Half Moon and we regularly ask for feedback from our participants about how we can improve things and what they get out of their Youth Theatre sessions.
Every now and then we ask for a quote about what happened in Youth Theatre from a member of every group so we can keep other groups updated on what is happening in the other sessions. Here are some of the quotes from Saturday sessions to inspire new members starting this September:
Comets: I thought it was cool. I loved the lizard game.
Sunbeam: It was really good. I liked the freeze frames and when we played games.
Moonbeam: It was awesome because we got to do freeze frames and they were really good.
The formal way for Youth Theatre members to feed back to tutors, staff and the Board of Trustees at Half Moon is through our termly Youth Theatre Forum. Each Youth Theatre nominates two representatives to attend the meeting and share the group’s thoughts. One of the trustees attends and feeds back to the rest of the Board of Trustees.
Some comments from our last meetings included:
I’d say everyone gains confidence because everyone at Youth Theatre is so friendly and accepting and supportive of everyone else. So when new people come if they’re shy they instantly become more confident as it’s a really nice atmosphere.
I think a lot of parents and carers and families get excited when they come and watch.
I have learnt how to be a better storyteller and listen to other people’s opinions about what we could play and how we could make the games even more fun.
I like how the lesson starts. We do breathing exercises. I find that really good and it’s relaxing. I feel better starting the activities after that. I feel focused.
I would say watching other people’s performances give me lots of inspiration. When I see how good they are it makes me improve my acting.
Youth Theatre is a community where kids of all ages come together to have a good time, and learn things which benefit their drama skills. The tutors don’t just use their ideas and tell us what to do. They use our ideas. It’s our show. It’s a great way to learn drama skills and how to progress in performance.
Youth Theatre is a place where you can have fun and be yourself and meet new people and grow in confidence.
Youth Theatre is a place where you can let your true self out.
Each term, young people who live or go to school in the local area have the chance to volunteer on some of our Youth Theatre sessions. Here are posts from two of our volunteers about their experiences:
I have recently started volunteering once a week at the Half Moon Theatre with Solar Youth Theatre. I have helped out during the sessions, by taking photos of the group’s progress, typing up the notes of what the participants have said or done and helped them to get the most out of the sessions. It has been an incredible experience meeting everyone in Solar and working with them has been really rewarding. I hope they have enjoyed it as much as I have and this has definitely reconfirmed my commitment to the theatre and my desire to work in theatre in the future. I would definitely recommend getting in touch with the Half Moon to see if there is anything you could do to help.
Volunteering at Half Moon Theatre has been a memorable experience. Once a week, I worked with young individuals from Equinox Youth Theatre, who were enthusiastic in participating with the sessions. Every session, I was able to get involved with the activities and explore the thoughts of each of the individuals who had vivid and imaginative minds. I have seen the progress of each one of them, and have taken notes on it. From the notes, I can tell from the progress they have made, and skills they have learnt, that this will help them in the future. Overall, I have enjoyed working in the theatre with everyone. It has been an amazing experience, and I highly recommend anyone to engage with the Half Moon Theatre.