A Half Moon and Apples and Snakes co-production for 13+ and adult audiences

An immersive story about the hidden desires and anxieties of young people

How do you sort your head out when it gets too crowded in there?

It’s the beginning of summer and the community festival is in full swing in the local park. Everyone is there. Crowds queue but among the smiles and excitement lies something that could spoil this party…

Developed in direct response to the growing number of teenagers in the UK struggling with their mental health, Crowded tells the story of ordinary young people whose anxiety, depression and desire leads to harmful and destructive behaviours.

Giving voice to emotions that are often unspoken due to social stigma, Crowded is a powerful, funny and uncompromising story, presented in a striking, immersive spoken word style with the audience part of the action. It is written and performed by three exciting poet performers: Desree, Laura Rae and Slam the Poet, with additional text by Rosemary Harris.

Crowded is a Half Moon and Apples and Snakes co-production: an exciting collaboration by the UK’s leading small-scale young people’s venue and touring company (2018 finalist and 2017 Off West End Award winner for Best Production for Young People Aged 13+) and England’s leading spoken word poetry organisation.

Originally commissioned in association with Spine Festival, London 2019.

This production contains themes that some people may find distressing.


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We have a promotional image and other images available to promote the show. Productions photos will be released in November 2019. Please download the promo image by using the following link:

A short promotional trailer will be released during summer 2019.

Performance Information

Performances last 60 mins (no interval). If there is a Q&A session scheduled, then this will take place in the performing space for a maximum of 20 minutes after the show. If a 2 show day, a minimum of 2.5 hours between the start of shows is required (e.g. 4.30pm & 7pm).

Reviews of previous Half Moon productions for this age range:

“An incisive, devastating, complex production that explores the role of truth and fiction in our personal lives”
Children’s Theatre Reviews on Off the Grid (2018)

“A work that is socially and politically relevant and which resonates on a personal level. This is the kind of storytelling in Theatre that makes funding for the Arts so important, and makes attending theatre so rewarding and informing.”
Live Art Alive on Off the Grid (2018)

“★★★★★ Stuns the audience into silence”
LondonTheatre1 on What Once Was Ours (2017)

 Touring Details

Available for booking for a very limited period between 5 November and 24 November 2019 only.

Technical Requirements (venues)

  • Venue Specification: Full blackout required. No auditorium seating used. Flat floor with minimum of 8 metres by 6 metres. Audience are within this floor space. Capacity limited to 80 for the minimum area, maybe increased if extra floor space available.
  • Setting: Black box theatre presentation. No wing space required.
  • Get-in / Out: Maximum 4 hours prior to the performance start time and 1 hour after audience have cleared.
  • Lighting / Sound: Lighting and sound are operated from within the floor area as part of the action by our SM. We tour with 4 LX stands and 4 speaker stands which are positioned in each corner.
    All sound equipment is toured. There is no requirement for the in-house P.A. Lighting control is a toured Nomad so a DMX connection to the house dimmers is required to control the venue pre-rigged items that are part of the lighting design.
  • Venue technical staff: 1 venue tech from get in required.
  • Parking: For a long wheel based crew bus.
  • Facilities: Secure dressing rooms with an ironing board and access to hot and cold water and toilet facilities.

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, production photos and other digital assets for venue or broader publicity usage.


1 or 2 shows per day.

London  – £680 + VAT

All other locations – £800 + VAT

Please enquire for prices for multiple days.

Note for venues at very long distances from London, an additional supplement of £100 per day may apply. Note venues that require a get-in the day before may be subject to a fee supplement. 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).

Creative Learning Opportunities

Half Moon can offer bespoke workshops for groups on the themes of the performance or on the creation of original theatre. CPD workshops for teachers is also available on request.

For more details on this, please contact:   
Chris Elwell on 0207 709 8902 /