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Youth Voice is an important part of Youth Theatre at Half Moon and we regularly ask for guidance 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 quotes from our sessions to inspire new members:
Eclipse “It’s been so nice getting to know new people this term, and we have all made friends with the new members!”
Equinox “I really enjoy that we work as a group and do activities using teamwork”.
Lunar “I have been in Youth Theatre since the entry age and I don’t plan on leaving until I am too old!”
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 our 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.
It’s nice to work with people from different schools to you, everyone is treated well and we are all equal during the sessions.
Before I was really shy but now I find it a lot easier to communicate to other people in the groups.
I think a lot of parents, carers and families get excited when they come and watch the work we make.
Being at Half Moon helps us take the pressure off what we do outside and at school.
I have learnt how to be a better storyteller and listen to other people’s opinions.
The Youth Theatre sessions have taught me skills I can use at school that will help me prepare for my exams.
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 let your true self out.
We really enjoy coming to Half Moon as we get to be very creative. The group feel engaged because we are given the freedom to come up with lots of ideas.
Asked to describe Youth Theatre at Half Moon in one word, our reps said the following words: