The purchase of our home in 2008 gave us the opportunity to raise the funds and undertake some much-needed work on our beautiful Victorian building. Consultation with the young people who use our building, as well as their families and educators, helped us to identify improvements to their visits and our ability to deliver more work of the highest quality.
Our vision was to create a more accessible, environmentally friendly and welcoming venue, providing improved facilities for our users and ensuring Half Moon remains a vital resource and beacon theatre for young people. To achieve this, in 2012 we reconfigured the ground floor, enlarging the foyer and entrance, replacing the outdated platform lift and improving the green credentials of the building.
In April 2013 we were awarded a Lottery grant of £660,479 from Arts Council England towards our Capital Project and work began in July on the urgent repair and renovation of the exterior of the building. This will contribute to the local area’s visual and social regeneration and we’re confident it will give all of our visitors more pride in their theatre.
View some of the photos we took as the building renovation work began.
We would like to thank the following organisations and foundations for supporting our capital project:
The 29th May Charitable Trust
Arts Council England
Bruce Wake Charitable Trust
Buzzacott Stuart Defries Memorial Fund
The City Bridge Trust
The Clothworkers’ Foundation
The Foyle Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation
Grange Farm Centre Trust
Lighting at Home
The Persula Foundation
Stock Exchange Dramatic and Operatic Society (Sedos)
The Theatres Trust
The Wolfson Foundation
And a big thank you to the many individual donors and those funders wishing to remain anonymous.
In 2017 we were awarded a grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery to enable us to install greener light fittings around the rest of the building and buy some LED lights for the theatre, as replacements for the traditional theatre lights which use lots of electricity. This generous support will help reduce our ongoing overheads.