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Exploring 30 years of local history through photography. Same Scene, 30 years apart.
1990 photography by Sarah Ainslie, Clara Ely, Phil Maxwell, Paul Moncrief, Leon Rogers, Bradley Snooks, Malcolm Tremain and Nigel Winfield
2020 photography by photographer Emma Brown and young people from Half Moon’s Youth Theatres
22 April – 9 July 2021
2020 marked the 30th birthday of Half Moon Young People’s Theatre. As part of a series of activities to celebrate this milestone, some of our young people have researched and commemorated the changes that have taken place locally and globally since the company was established in 1990. There are three aspects to the Half Moon 1990 project: Snapped in 1990, Born in 1990, Happened in 1990.
An award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund has enabled us to work with young people to research events that happened in 1990, interview people who were born in 1990 and explore photos of Tower Hamlets in 1990.
Born in 1990 will culminate in a film of interviews with people connected to Tower Hamlets and/or Half Moon who were born in 1990. Happened in 1990 will culminate in a film of performances made by our five oldest Youth Theatres about world events that happened in 1990.
Just before the first national lockdown in March 2020, we completed a project of recreating images of 1990 from Tower Hamlets by taking photos of the same locations. Our young people worked with photographer Emma Brown to capture the ’30 years later’ images. These will be displayed in the Half Moon Gallery during the summer term of 2021 and then become a permanent exhibition in the Half Moon garden from July. The exhibition will be available to visit in person or through a virtual tour on our website. We look forward to welcoming local residents in real life and virtually.