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for ages 13+ and adult audiences

A Half Moon production

DIGITAL ON DEMAND TOUR – An immersive exploration of friendship and the moment you fall in love, by Amal Khalidi and Tatenda Naomi Matsvai, for ages 13+ and adult audiences.

Available throughout 2024/25.. Please enquire.

Hot Orange is being presented as an ‘as live’ performance for digital broadcast, as part of Half Moon’s digital performance platform. 

It’s summer. It’s hot. Like really hot. Like ice pop after melting ice pops hot. Like orange midday sun hot.

Across the divide of a scorched basketball court two girls meet, shoot hoops and discover their shared obsessions make them inseparable friends. But will faith, growing pains and the darker reactions of others get in the way of that long, hot, orange summer?

A decade later the past walks back into view when 18-year-old Amina is confronted by her childhood best friend Tandeki. Can they reignite the spark of friendship by untangling their hurt feelings, or are some heartbreaks just too hard to mend?

Hot Orange follows Amina and Tandeki as they navigate what it takes to sustain love and friendship beyond childhood idealism and the moment you fall in love.

Hot Orange, by Amal Khalidi and Tatenda Naomi Matsvai, is a production by Half Moon, the UK’s leading small-scale young people’s venue and touring company. It will be presented in their multi-award winning immersive theatrical style, exquisitely framed within an evocative soundscape.

Content warning: Hot Orange includes references to attitudes and language choices expressing negative opinions about same-sex relationships.

Hot Orange is supported by The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation

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Show information

  • Online performance lasts 63 mins.

  • Hot Orange is available in the following formats:

    • Film with closed captions
  • For audiences to view at home via an online streaming platform, at a time that suits them:

    Hot Orange will be made available on a password protected Vimeo link, which will need to be passed onto bookers (link and password). The play has closed captioning for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

    Alternatively, the shows can be embedded onto the venue’s website and the page link sent to bookers. Audiences will still need to enter the password to access the video.  This will be available for your audiences to view for 14 days following the date of the last programmed online show. After this time the video will no longer be available to watch as the password will expire. Venues will not be sent a digital file of the booked show to download.

    For a live screening or at a specific date and time online experience:

    Venues will be released the full MP4 file so that a venue can play it through their own playback or cinema system. Captions will be sent as a separate SRT file for you to upload to your platform. This is for 1 day (2 showings are permitted per day). Venues are required to delete the MP4 file after use and not distribute to anyone else.

  • Please enquire.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Impressive writing debut for young audiences…. Today’s school audience get a closeup masterclass in acting…. A bittersweet gem about the ache to continue a kiss”

The Guardian

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Brave, bold, provocative and lyrical…. his smouldering immersive production is an important and exploratory tale of teenage love….. Exquisitely crafted, brave and beautiful…just extraordinary…. This is daring new writing and an enjoyable watch for teens and adults alike. We are enormously lucky to have such quality work in the children’s theatre sector, but I could easily see this production going on to be played at leading-edge venues like the Bush or the Kiln. I am excited to see what heights it and its writers reach in the future.”

Everything Theatre

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Truly immersive experience…. This is surely something that will resonate for so many young people who have ever felt different or unsure of themselves.”

The Family Stage on Crowded (2019)

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This is a story of young, queer love that feels real and messy – but retains a sense of optimism that reflects the joy of the girls’ young friendship, and even the urban fairytale spirit of plays such as Beautiful Thing.”

Reviews Hub
For more details on Hot Orange, please contact:

Chris Elwell  | 020 7709 8902 or chris@halfmoon.org.uk