The House That Jackson Built


Half Moon presents a Justin Coe production for ages 4-10

A new show celebrating family, recycling and the power of imagination

Jackson’s dad is building a new house out of weird and whacky bits and bobs that people have thrown away. The last few years have been hard for young Jackson, living without his mum. Now his dad wants to make a new start, but Jackson isn’t ready to move on. Not until he blows the dust off mum’s favourite old book and conjures up the Story Fairy. But can stories really help Jackson believe in himself and be happy in a new home?

Celebrating books and the joy of reading, The House That Jackson Built features a larger than life pop-up book and thrilling adventures, including a giant who cannot say “fee-fi-fo-fum”, an elephant professor and the Wordy Wordy Birdie. This magical spoken word theatre show delights in family, recycling and the power of imagination.

The House That Jackson Built is Justin Coe’s brand new spoken word show for children, following the highly popular Young Herbert’s Horrors and Big Wow, Small Wonder.



There is a range of production images available for this show at the link below:

An interview with the Justin Coe can also be downloaded from the Dropbox link above.

A trailer for the production is available to download or embed at the following link (it can also be downloaded the Dropbox link above):

Reviews for previous shows by Justin Coe presented by Half Moon

“A one-man show packed with poetry, jokes and a real feast for the imagination – we had a great family outing courtesy of Herbert!”
Kidadl about Young Herbert’s Horrors

“Bravo! Fabulous, funny and the children were mesmerised.”
Audience Member, on Young Herbert’s Horrors

“Poetry, storytelling, and sheer charm emanating from the personal magic of Justin himself.”
Brighton Festival Fringe about Big Wow, Small Wonder

“Justin’s performance was slick and professional, magical and inspirational. Poetry has never been more popular!”
Southend Libraries about Big Wow, Small Wonder

Performance Information

Performances last 50 minutes (no interval)

Touring details

Available until 31 August 2021 only. 

Technical Requirements (venues)

  • Get-in: max 90 mins hour before half
  • Get-out: 30 minutes
  • Venue configuration: front on; flat stage performance space with a minimum playing area of 3.5m (width) by 3.5m (depth) by 2.5m (height) with black out.
  • Pre-rig / lighting: pre-rig is required of 4 lighting states and 7 cues. A full LX plot and cue sheet will be supplied. A very simplified lighting plot is available for venues with limited equipment.
  • Sound: Operated from the stage by the performer using a “Go Button” on an IPod. We will require a 3.5mm jack into the venues P.A.

Technical Requirements (festivals, libraries, community/rural touring spaces)

  • This show can be run without lighting. We do not require a blackout.
  • The sound is operated by the performer using our own sound system (we use a “Go Button” on an IPod, connected to our own speaker), but we do require a 13A power supply/socket in the performance space.
  • A member of staff is needed to host and help with the set-up. Ideally the performance space needs to be minimum 3.5m (width) by 3m (depth) by 2.4m (height). We need 60 minutes for set-up, 20 minutes to clear and a lockable room to act as a dressing room.

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.


1 or 2 shows per day.

London or less than 70 miles from Southend-on-Sea
£580 + VAT (add £450 + VAT for each additional day)

All other locations
£695 + VAT (add £590 + VAT for each additional days)

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

For digital on demand, please enquire for prices. 

Please note that these fees are subject to an 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 Activities/Workshops

Justin has over 20 years of experience of working as a creative professional in schools, venues and community settings. He can provide a range of bespoke creative learning and enrichment activities on request to complement the performance at an additional cost. Please enquire for availability and prices.

For more details, please contact:
Chris Elwell on 020 7709 8902 /
Sam Luffman on 020 7709 8901 /