Circles in the Sand

Half Moon presents a Tam Tam Theatre production for 0-3 years

A captivating show for the very young exploring sand in new and exciting ways.

Circles in the Sand with buckets Half Moon presents Tam Tam TheatreSlipping through your fingers
Soft between your toes
Grab it, drop it
Where is it gone?

Join us in a world of buckets, castle building, spinning and tumbling in this delightful show for under 3s which explores sand in new and exciting ways.

With no words, and accompanied by an evocative soundtrack of world music, Circles in the Sand is an intimate, imaginative and captivating show, providing the perfect introduction to theatre for the very young.

At the end of the performance, children are invited onto the stage to delight in the feel of the sand as it trickles between fingers and toes.

Circles in the Sand is created by performer Marleen Vermeulen and award-winning theatre director Sarah Argent.



There are a range of photos for this production available to view at the following link:

Performance Length and Audience Restrictions

  • Performances last 25 minutes (no interval), followed by an interactive free-play session where the children are invited to play in the sand with the buckets that feature in the production.
  • Due to the intimate nature of the production, it is designed for audiences of up to 52 (children and adults).

Reviews / Feedback

“A charmingly observed celebration of the joys and triumphs of discovery presented with engaging warmth and integrity.”
Jo Belloli, Associate Director, Early Years, Polka Theatre

“As a Drama teacher and Mummy I’ve found it hard to find theatre for the under 1’s and Circles in the Sand is just the perfect content and time for babies.”
Holly Barradell, Executive Member of National Drama

“Absolutely wonderful… Such friendliness and happiness in the room.”
Audience member

“A wonderful performance piece that was perfect for our two year-old daughter”
Audience member

“Very good. My two-and-a-half-year-old was mesmerised.”
Audience member

Touring Details

  • Available on an on-going basis until 8 December 2019.

Technical Requirements (venues)

  • Get-in: 1 hour & 30 mins before half.
  • Get-out: 30 minutes.
  • Venue configuration:  The piece works best in an open studio format where the audience sit on cushions or equivalent on the flat floor close to the performance space. If the theatre has fixed seating, please block off seats beyond the first few rows (please enquire) and should be presented in front on format. A large pros-arch stage area can be used if audiences can sit on/access this safely. In all formats, the audience must be able to access the playing area easily. The floor/playing space should be flat and not raked. The performing area used by the performer is framed by a floor cloth.
  • Pre-rig: There are 2 specials and 4 shuttered wash states delineating a performance space of minimum 4m (width) by 3.6m (depth) by 3m (height). Black-out required.
  • Sound: To be able to run QLAB or supply CD player. 2 front speakers.
  • Technical staff – 1 technician to operate lighting and sound cues.
  • Lockable dressing room.
  • Parking and get in for one large estate car: 3.86m length, 1.86m width and 1.72 height.
  • This show is not available for libraries and non-theatre venues including festivals/rural spaces/community spaces.

We Provide

  • Dedicated support from the marketing/PR and technical team at Half Moon.
  • Up to 500 A5 colour flyers and 15 A3 colour posters. (NB: overprinting will be at an additional cost please enquire).
  • Images and production photos for use within venue brochures or broader usage including digital.


  • Up to 3 shows a day.
  • London – £700 + VAT (£450 + VAT for each additional day).
  • Less than 70 miles from London (commutable) – £750 + VAT (£450 + VAT for each additional day).
  • All other regions – £825 + VAT (£615 for each additional day).

For weekday gigs or if organising a regional block, reduced rates may apply, please enquire.

Please note that these fees are subject to a small additional supplement if your venue makes a compulsory contra to us for your costs at the contracting stage (e.g. credit card/box office; get-in/out; marketing/brochure contributions).

Note for venues at very long distances from London, an additional supplement of £100 per day may apply. Please enquire.

Creative Learning Activities/Workshops

The company are able to offer a range of bespoke creative learning activities for schools, nursery and family groups on request to complement the performance at additional costs. Please enquire for prices.


For more details on this, please contact:   
Chris Elwell on 020 7709 8902 /