What’s On Tour

Half Moon and Half Moon Presents children’s theatre shows are touring throughout the UK in 2017/18. Click the venue name to visit their website and book tickets.

If you would like to book any of our portfolio of shows for your venue, please see the Venue Programming page.

Boys Don’t / Butterflies / Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks – The Monstorous Duckling Fairytales Gone Bad: Zombie-rella – Blood-red Hood / Friends For All Glisten Leaf  / Three / What Once Was Ours

Boys Don’t

Young man experiencing the pain and disappointment, water through fingersHalf Moon presents a Papertale production in association with Apples and Snakes (South East)

Not suitable for under 8s (target 8-12s/suitable for adult audiences)

What’s a boy to do? From the playground to the classroom, from home to the uncharted waters of online, boys learn that displaying their feelings is a no-no. But what happens to emotion that can’t be let out?

Boys Don’t explores through spoken word what happens when boys show their feelings, written from real-life experiences of the diverse male cast. Through a series of funny, familiar and sometimes heart-breaking stories of boys in the emotional spotlight, the show delivers insights into male experiences of growing up, and offers the possibility of more open communication for us all.

Boys Don’t features some of the UK’s leading poets and performers in repertory, including Justin Coe, Hadiru Mahdi, Tanaka Mhishi and Steve Tasane. It is the latest work from Papertale, following on from the Suitcase Trilogy of spoken word performances about migration for young audiences, directed by Rosemary Harris.

This programme is supported by an education package for schools exploring young people’s emotional literacy through creative writing and performance for Years 5-8. Please contact us for more information.

Nominated for Best Production for Young People aged 8+ for the Off West End Awards 2017.

“Has the power to reach those who often feel alienated from the arts scene.”
(Live Theatre UK) ★★★★

“A poignant and very compelling piece of acting.”
(Susan Elkin, Sardines Magazine)

Boys Don’t was live streamed from the Brighton Festival on 21 May, 2017. This recording of the full production can be watched again at any time via this link:

2017 Tour Dates

More tour dates coming soon.

Butterflies

A Tangled Feet and Half Moon co-production for ages 3 – 7

fractal-wire-flame-butterfly-150x150Three friends embark on an exciting adventure to chase their butterflies away. They cross new seas to uncharted lands, on a journey filled with discovery. The only trouble is they’re all a bit worried about it! What if I get wet? What if I make a new friend? What if I don’t? During their voyage the group ride the waves, battle the storms and face their fears, before reaching dry land braver than ever before.

Butterflies is an uplifting tale of friendship, courage and how to dance in the rain, told using innovative staging, breathtaking physicality, touching humour and a specially commissioned musical score.

“Innovative, involving piece of storytelling.”
(Children’s Theatre Reviews on Need A Little Help)

“Not often a show for children is absorbing for children and adults alike. We loved it.”
(Audience Feedback on Need A Little Help)

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2017 Tour Dates

This show will tour again in 2018. More tour dates coming soon.

Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks / The Monstrous Duckling

Half Moon presents a Joseph Coelho production for ages 3+

Fairytales-Granny-150Join performance poet Joseph Coelho, National Poetry Day Ambassador, as he unravels familiar fairytales to create fresh contemporary classics in an enchanting performance for young and old alike.

A father returns home with a magical cloak. A cloak that hides a story… Join our poetic storyteller as he unwinds the true stories behind the happily ever afters and discover they’re maybe not as charming as you remember!

Did you know that the ugly duckling was never ugly? He was truly monstrous! Or that Goldilocks was never a tale about a little girl. It was always a tale about a granny; A mean, old, thieving granny who has plans for something quite nasty.

Joseph’s debut poetry collection, Werewolf Club Rules, won the prestigious CLPE Children’s Poetry Award (CLiPPA) in 2015. His second poetry collection, Overheard in a Tower Block, and debut picture book, Luna Loves Library Day, were published in 2017.

“Thrillingly grisly, darkly funny.”
(Children’s Theatre Review, 2016)

2017 Tour Dates

2018 Tour Dates

  • Sat 27th January – The Cockpit Theatre, London NW8
  • Sat 17 February – Gosport Disovery Centre
  • Sun 18 March – Komedia, Brighton

More tour dates coming soon.

 


Fairytales Gone Bad: Zombie-rella / Blood-red Hood

Half Moon presents a Joseph Coelho production for ages 6+Fairytales-Zombie-150

Join performance poet Joseph Coelho, National Poetry Day Ambassador, as he unravels familiar fairytales to create fresh contemporary classics in an enchanting performance for young and old alike.

Join a mysterious vaudeville storyteller with a magical top-hat and coat as he unwinds the true stories behind the happily ever afters, which are maybe not as charming as you remember! Discover the true tale of Cinderella, where she dies and becomes a zombie and falls in love with a vampire prince. And of course, there’s the true tale of Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf-hunter who never leaves her home without her shield, axe and blood-red stained cloak.

Joseph’s debut poetry collection, Werewolf Club Rules, won the prestigious CLPE Children’s Poetry Award (CLiPPA) in 2015. His second poetry collection, Overheard in a Tower Block, and debut picture book, Luna Loves Library Day, were published in 2017.

“Stripping down familiar fairytales to their gruesome guts.”
(Children’s Theatre Review, 2016)

2017 Tour Dates

More tour dates coming soon.

 


Friends For All

Half Moon presents a Simon Mole production for 5-11s

When being that little bit different can be a good thing after all…

8 year old Lexi doesn’t make friends as easily as some. If only her school would allow a non-school uniform day then she could be herself and find others like her. Inspired by Grandad’s hippy stories from the swinging 60s, she decides to fight the powers that be, namely her class teacher, Mr Marsh, and the class bully, Suzy.

Friends For All is an interactive spoken word performance for families, with rapping, dancing and far-out video projections. It is a story about having the confidence to be yourself and stand up for what you believe in.

Poet and rapper Simon Mole performs in this humorous and moving piece, co-created with theatre maker Peader Kirk.

Commissioned by the V&A as part of the Family Art Fun Programme and inspired by their You Say You Want a Revolution exhibition (2016/17). Developed with support from Apples and Snakes, the Albany, University of Bedfordshire and Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre.

“The play suggests that it’s…vital for young people to question the rules and think for themselves, developing the critical thinking skills that will equip them for a future of informed decision-making and political awareness.”
(Children’s Theatre Reviews)

“Visually interesting and mentally stimulating, this smart and original play tackles the subject of bullying.”
(Curious Mum)

“Inventive, powerful and effective. The issues are totally in tune with the target age-group.”
(Sardines Magazine)

2018 Tour Dates

Tour dates coming soon.


Glisten

Half Moon presents a Daniel Naddafy production for 0-18 months

Glisten 7. Photo by Stephen Beeny 150x150Come in, relax, find a space and settle.
Slowly, a shimmering surface emerges.
What does it look like?
How does it move?
Listen, what can you hear?
Welcome to a world of shiny things.
Welcome to Glisten!

Glisten is an interactive performance for babies aged 0-18 months and their grown-ups.  The audience are taken on a gentle and immersive journey exploring the world of reflective materials wrapped up in a soundscape of evocative yet laid-back music. Watch as the empty space of the theatre fills with colour, sounds and surprises, creating a sensory landscape ready to explore after the performance is over.

Glisten is performed to a small audience creating an intimate and unique theatrical experience, stunningly co-created by theatre-maker Daniel Naddafy and designer Phoebe Stubbs.

“A beautiful, sensory first theatrical experience for babies.  The actor builds a mesmerising connection with each child at just the right pace.  A delight to watch.”
(Katy Snelling, Head of Programming, Nuffield Southampton Theatres)

“A great sensory experience for adults and babies. Carla loved it and was fascinated by the lights and colours.”
(Audience member, Off Beat Festival, Oxford)

2018 Tour Dates

More tour dates coming soon.

Leaf

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

Leaf-150x150A leaf is born…
It grows and glows in the sunshine and the rain
Then the wind blows and it becomes colder
The leaf changes colour
In the snow, the leaf falls…
But when spring comes, a new leaf grows…

Join us as we tell the life story of a very special leaf in this warm, intimate and playful new piece for under 3s inspired by nature and the seasons. Framed within an evocative soundscape, this is the perfect introduction to theatre for the very young.

At the end of the performance, children are invited onto the stage to play among the leaves and explore a landscape created by the changing seasons.

Leaf is another heart-warming play created by Tam Tam Theatre, whose previous shows for very young children include Circles in the Sand and Curious. The company’s founder, Marleen Vermeulen, created Leaf in collaboration with director Joy Haynes.

2017 Tour Dates

  • Thurs 7 December – Stephen Hawkins School, London E14 (closed to public)
  • Mon 11 December – Olga Primary School, London E3 (closed to public)
  • Tues 12 December – Brighton Dome
  • Weds 13 December – Brighton Dome
  • Thurs 14 December – Brighton Dome

2018 Tour Dates

More tour dates coming soon.

Three

Half Moon presents a Wrongsemble production for 3-8s 
Wrongsemble - Three 2 150 x 150Three wishes, three witches, three sisters, three pigs, three bears, three musketeers...

Three singing actors weave together famous tales, which all feature the elusive number three! Brought to life with a flurry of original sing-a-long songs, live music and brilliantly inventive storytelling, the flamboyant players burst from their wagon of forgotten fables to re-tell the stories of Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and Grimms’ Three Wanderers as never before.

Jump on board the ingenious and cleverly crafted wagon of fairytales in this spellbinding new musical play for children aged 3-8 and their families.

With clever design, exemplary storytelling, and raucous energy, Three is a step above most family entertainment. The trio of performers is a joy to watch, and their performances and musicality mark them out as an ensemble with real talent. ”. (Review Hub)

This cheeky performance is definitely one to get out of bed for.” (Theatre and Tea)

2017 Tour Dates

  • Sun 2 December – The National Glass Centre, Sunderland (Part of Sunderland Stages)
  • Wed 6 December – Meadows Library, Wilford Grove, Nottingham (closed to public – schools only – Spark Festival)
  • Wed 6 December – Clifton Library, Nottingham (closed to public – schools only – Spark Festival)
  • Thurs 7 December – Oadby Library, Leicester (closed to public – schools only – Spark Festival)
  • Thurs 7 December – Oakham Library (public performances – part of Spark Festival)
  • Fri 8 December – St Barnabas Library, Leicester (closed to public – schools only – part of Spark Festival)
  • Sat 9 December – The Dales Centre, Nottingham (public performances – part of Spark Festival)
  • Sun 10 December – Wigston Library , Wigston Magma (public performances – part of Spark Festival)
  • Sun 10 December – Oadby Library, Leicester (public performances – part of Spark Festival)

This show will end its tour following the performances for the Spark Festival. There will be no further performances.

What Once Was Ours

Zest Theatre and a Half Moon co-production for teenage audiences (12+)

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An immersive new show about identity and belonging.

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, What Once Was Ours has been developed through direct contact with young people across the country and uses their words and opinions to explore how politics and national values impact on the complex lives of one family.

Beautiful imagery, striking original music and immersive design combine to create this powerful new production for young people, which asks why we’ve become so fearful of anyone who is different from us.

What Once Was Ours is a Zest Theatre and Half Moon co-production: an exciting collaboration by two of the UK’s leading companies creating work for young people.

Supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Please note, What Once Was Ours is an immersive production. There is no assigned seating and audiences stand throughout the performance. If you have any access requirements please contact the box office.

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Nominated for an OFFIE (Off West End Award) for Best Production for Young People (aged 8+)

“★★★★★ Stuns the audience into silence.” LondonTheatre1

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

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

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2017 Tour Dates

This show will end its tour following the performances in Didcot. There are no further performances.

If you would like to book any of our portfolio of shows for your venue, please see the Venue Programming page.

Boys Don’t / Butterflies / Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks – The Monstorous Duckling Fairytales Gone Bad: Zombie-rella – Blood-red Hood / Friends For All Glisten  / Leaf  / Three / What Once Was Ours