What Once Was Ours


A Zest Theatre and Half Moon co-production for teenage and young adult audiences

As part of Half Moon’s digital performance platform, we are delighted to be releasing the award-winning production for teenage / young adult audiences, What Once Was Ours, for a short digital tour for venues / promoters to book to correspond with the final act of Brexit in the UK. Professionally filmed ‘as live’ performance for digital broadcast, this piece is available between 24 January and 14 February, 2021 – an online performance that puts the best seats of the house into the homes of your audiences.

A hard-hitting show about identity, belonging and Brexit.

Katie and Callum couldn’t be any more distant and disconnected: different heritage, different cities, different opportunities. Except there is one thing they’ll always have in common: Dad. What happens when Callum suddenly turns up in desperate need of help?

Created against the background of Brexit in 2017, this hard-hitting production is now being presented online, as the UK exits the EU. Developed in consultation with young people across the country, What Once Was Ours uses their direct words and opinions to explore how politics and national values impact on the complex lives of one family and asks why we’ve become so fearful of anyone who is different from us.

Still powerfully relevant and directly provocative, the Off West End Award winning What Once Was Ours is a Zest Theatre and Half Moon co-production.


Production images and promotional digital resources via this link:


Performance Information

Online performances last 52 mins (no interval). 


Off West End Theatre Awards 2018

Online Commendation 2020

“★★★★★ Stuns the audience into silence”

“★★★★ What the play achieves best is fluidity – between moments, emotions, politics”

“★★★★ A very powerful voice for those growing up in an uncertain world”
Theatre Bath

“A very personal story – with great sincerity”
The British Theatre Guide

“A truly 360 degree performance – moments of pure joy and humour”

“A phenomenal piece of theatre…completely exhilarating”
Children’s Theatre Review

Digital Touring Details

Availability: This ‘as live’ performance for digital broadcast is available between 24 January and 14 February, 2021.


£100 + VAT

What We Provide

Half Moon provides a password protected Vimeo link for venues / promoters who would release this link and password to bookers in advance of the scheduled date / time of their online gig. The show would be live for seven days from this premiere. After this time, the vimeo password would expire and will no longer be available to watch. Venues will not be sent a digital file of the show to download.

Creative Learning Opportunities

This online production is available to schools with additional online resources. Please enquire for details.

For more details on this, please contact:   
Chris Elwell on 020 7709 8902 / chris@halfmoon.org.uk
Sam Luffman on 020 7709 8901 / sam@halfmoon.org.uk