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.

Big Wow Small Wonder / Boys Don’t / Butterflies / Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks – The Monstorous Duckling Fairytales Gone Bad: Zombie-rella – Blood-red Hood / Friends For All Glisten The Girl and the Giraffe / Leaf  / Three / What Once Was Ours

 

Big Wow Small Wonder

Half Moon presents a Justin Coe production for ages 4 – 9 BigWowSmallWonder-300

Justin is the smallest boy in the whole town. So small that he can swim with goldfish. So small his sister takes him to school in her lunchbox. So small the class bully, Bother Boots Bradley, wants to catch him and keep him as his new pet.

Justin just wants to be like his giant Dad, but when he finds out his Dad is not the Big Wow, he sets off on a journey to find who – or what – the Big Wow really is! Can the Big Wow help Justin to be tall in time, before Bradley puts him in a cage ready for the school show and tell in assembly?

With the help of a pigeon, the Mountain (who sounds a lot like his Grandad) and the World Ant Weightlifting Champion, Justin soon realises that being big might not be all its bigged up to be.

Told with huge helpings of humour, poignant poetry and original music, this is a tall story about the wonders of being small.

“Young people relate to tiny characters, feel superior to someone smaller than them, and are fascinated by the ins and outs of life in the little lane. Big Wow Small Wonder appeals through a combination of all three, as titchy Justin negotiates everyday life, comes under threat from big bullies at school, and searches for the Big Wow in a desperate attempt to grow…and (Justin Coe’s) trust in the audience’s patience for performance poetry pays off.”
(Children’s Theatre Reviews)

2017 Tour Dates

More dates coming soon.

    

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 Monstorous 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

  • Sun 17 September – Bexley Libraries, Kent, part of Erith Lighthouse Festival and Totally Thames
  • Mon 23 October – The Sandpit Theatre, St Albans
  • Tues 24 October – Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Weds 25 October – Skelmersdale Library as part of the Big Imaginations Festival
  • Thurs 26 October – Turnpike Centre, Leigh Library, Wigan as part of the Big Imaginations Festival
  • Fri 27 October – Atkinson, Southport as part of the Big Imaginations Festival
  • Sat 28 October – Z-Arts, Manchester as pat of the Big Imaginations Festival
  • Sun 29 October – Citadel, St Helens as part of the Big Imaginations Festival
  • Tues 31 October – Ellesmere Port Library part of the Big Imaginations Festival
  • Weds 1 November – Lion Salt Works part of the Big Imaginations Festival
  • Sat 16 December – Half Moon Theatre, London E1

2018 Tour Dates

  • 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

  • Weds 25 October – Spot On Lancashire as part of the Big Imaginations Festival
  • Thurs 26 October – Turnpike Centre, Leigh Library, Wigan as part of the Big Imaginations Festival
  • Fri 27 October – Atkinson, Southport as part of the Big Imaginations Festival
  • Sat 28 October – Z-Arts, Manchester as pat of the Big Imaginations Festival
  • Sun 29 October – Citadel, St Helens as part of the Big Imaginations Festival

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)

2017/8 Tour Dates

  • Fri 20 Oct – Polka Theatre, London
  • Sat 21 Oct – Polka Theatre, London
  • Sun 22 Oct – Polka Theatre, London

More 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

Tour dates coming soon.

The Girl and the Giraffe

IMG_0979-300Half Moon presents a Floods of Ink production for 3-6s

One day whilst Girl is playing in her garden, she spots something peculiar on the other side of the fence. Climbing up as high as she can to get a better view, she is surprised when she comes face to face with…Giraffe!

As their friendship grows, Girl discovers that Giraffe isn’t very well. She tries everything she can to make him feel a bit better; putting on bandages, making a cup of tea, and even baking a truly magnificent cake, but she doesn’t get it quite right. Girl soon realises that Giraffe doesn’t need a plaster for a graze on his arm or a scratch on his knee. Giraffe is sad. Sometimes we need a different kind of plaster for the things you can’t always see.

Charming puppetry, an enchanting soundscape and beautiful storytelling combine in this sensitive show about love and friendship, told from a child’s perspective.

“Charming and humorous, the Girl and the Giraffe proves that what we need when helping one another is exactly what our long-necked friend already has: a big heart.”
(Exeunt Magazine, February 2017)

“It is so very important to ensure that children’s earliest experiences of live theatre are positive.  The Girl And The Giraffe certainly succeeds in that regard, and Mums and Dads will be charmed too.”
(Stage Talk Magazine)

2017 Tour Dates

This show will end following the performance at Luton Hat Factory.


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

2017 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

  • Tues 15 August – Artrix, Bromsgrove
  • Fri 29 September – Half Moon Theatre, London E1
  • Sat 30 September – Half Moon Theatre, London E1
  • Sun 1 October – Waterside, Sale
  • Sun 2 December – The National Glass Centre, Sunderland, part of Sunderland Stages

More tour dates coming soon.

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.

zesttheatre.com/whatonce | halfmoon.org.uk/whatonce

Zest Theatre
“Zest relishes the opportunity to captivate those who may think theatre isn’t for them.”

(A Younger Theatre)

Half Moon Theatre
“Half Moon is a pillar of creativity, uniting young people regardless of race, gender, and ability.”
(Time Out London)

2017 Tour Dates

 

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

Big Wow Small Wonder / Boys Don’t / Butterflies / Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks – The Monstorous Duckling Fairytales Gone Bad: Zombie-rella – Blood-red Hood / Friends For All Glisten The Girl and the Giraffe / Leaf  / Three / What Once Was Ours