What’s On Tour

Half Moon and Half Moon Presents children’s theatre shows are touring throughout the UK in 2018. Click the venue name to visit their website and book tickets.

If you are a venue, festival, community setting or library and would like to book any of our portfolio of shows, please see the Venue Programming page.

Boys Don’t / Butterflies / Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks – The Monstrous Duckling Friends For All John Hegley: All Hail The Snail (And Other Creatures)  / Leaf  / Need A Little Help / Young Herbert’s Horrors 


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:

2018 Tour Dates

  • Tue 5 June – Marner Primary, London (Closed to the public – school performance)
  • Tue 5 June – St Matthias Primary, London (Closed to the public – school performance)
  • Wed 6 June – Harbinger Primary, London (Closed to the public – school performance)
  • Wed 6 June – Cubitt Town Junior, London (Closed to the public – school performance)
  • Wed 13 June – St Annes Primary, London (Closed to the public – school performance)
  • Thu 14 June – Clara Grant Primary, London (Closed to the public – school performance)

More tour dates coming soon.




A Tangled Feet and Half Moon co-production for ages 3 – 8

Butterflies lead image - 800x800“I’ve got that funny feeling again… it’s a good thing right?”

Three 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! During their voyage the group ride the waves, walk high bridges, skirt deep caves and climb to the sky, before reaching dry land braver than ever before.

Join our intrepid characters as they step into the unknown in an uplifting tale of friendship, courage and facing your fears, told using innovative staging, breathtaking physicality, touching humour and a specially commissioned musical score.

Butterflies is a co-production between award winning theatre ensemble Tangled Feet and Half Moon, the UK’s leading small-scale theatre company creating work for young people.

“Butterflies was received brilliantly. It dealt with anxiety in a sensitive and kind way.”
Nursery and Primary School Teacher

“Totally wonderful. It really expressed exactly what my daughter has been feeling, thank you.”
Parent Audience Member


2018 Tour Dates

  • Sat 29 September – Gulbenkian, Canterbury

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)

2018 Tour Dates

  • Thu 26 April – Woking Library (Part of the Hopper programme)
  • Thu 26 April – Parkview Community Centre (Closed to the public – school performance. Part of the Hopper programme)

The performances at Parkview Community Centre are the last scheduled for this production.



Friends For All

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

Friends for All - lead image - 800 x 800When 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.”

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

2018 Tour Dates

The performances at the Roundhouse are the last scheduled for this production.



John Hegley: All Hail The Snail (And Other Creatures)

Half Moon Presents John Hegley for ages 7+.hegley email

You’ve got no teeth.
You’re underneath the roof
that you carry around.
You can write with your trail
in the way of the snail
in your delicate D.I.Y. home.

Join poet John Hegley as he takes us on a humorous journey through his living library of poems, songs, stories and animal drawings. Enjoy the rhyme and rhythm of this mandolin playing muse and his hilarious struggle with words as they threaten to twist and turn out of his grasp.

The bespectacled author of 13 books is widely known as one of the country’s most innovative comic artists and this children’s show will delight adults and young people alike with its chaotic comedy, bewitching poems, plus the extra bonus of a special guest musician.

Half Moon is delighted to present this new show created to celebrate the 35th birthday of Apples and Snakes, England’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word.

After the shows there will be a chance to meet John and purchase signed copies of his books.

“Hegley excels as a wordsmith – he fizzes with clever wordplay… The simplicity of his poetry and songs and his innocent, if sophisticated, sense of humour make him perfect for a family show…. It was charming, sweet, surreal, and very funny – and I would wager everyone there came out feeling better about the world.” (****Oxford Times)

“We thoroughly enjoyed the show… [and] really loved how interactive and inclusive it was, especially for our children who have additional needs. I would recommend everyone go and see this performance.”
Year 4 Teacher (London, February 2018)

2018 Tour Dates

The performances in Canterbury are the last scheduled for this production.



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.

2018 Tour Dates

  • Thu 26 April – The Welfare, Swansea
  • Thu 14 & Fri 15 June – Attic Arts Club, London
  • Mon 18 June – Little Angel Theatre, London
  • Sat 23 June – Middlesbrough Town Hall
  • Sat 8 September – The Atkinson, SouthPort
  • Thu 13 September – Jack Cornwall Community Centre, London  (Closed to the Public)
  • Sat 15 September – Derby Theatre
  • Sun 30 September – Cambridge Junction

More tour dates coming soon.


Need A Little Help

A Tangled Feet and Half Moon co-production for 2-7s.Need a Little Help 1 photo by Kamal Prashar-300

Joe and Ella are a great team – they make each other laugh, help each other out and tackle all the chores their busy lives throw at them. But one morning things begin to change when Joe gets all tangled up and Ella has to do things alone. What will Ella do now? Will she be able to continue as before, or will it all get too much? If only she had a little help…

Based on the experiences of young carers, the piece explores what it means to look after someone else when you are young.  In a uniquely designed immersive space, the young audience will help the performers look after each other, stepping into the shoes of young carers.

Need a Little Help is a deeply moving and joyfully uplifting piece of interactive and physical theatre from award winning ensemble Tangled Feet, working in partnership with children’s theatre specialists, Half Moon.

This is a reworked version of the show that toured nationally in 2015 reconfigured to be performed in non-traditional settings including community, libraries and school settings. This show is performing as part of the Hopper Scheme 2018.

Adapted for early years settings through Hopper with the support of Take Art, Surrey Arts, China Plate, Arts Partnership Surrey, ACE and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.


2018 Tour Dates

This production is taking a break at the moment and tours again in the Autumn, see below for dates.

  • Wed 10 October – Bridgewater Arts Centre (part of the Hopper programme)
  • Thu 11 October – Stowey Bears School, Bridgwater (part of the Hopper programme. Closed to the public – School Performance)
  • Fri 12 October – Camberley Theatre

More tour dates coming soon.


 Young Herbert’s Horrors

Half Moon presents a Justin Coe production for ages 4-9.Skeleton small - web

Young Herbert is a little horror. Living on a boat should be the ideal life for a wannabe pirate, but the boat’s grounded until Herbert can learn to tidy his cabin, eat his greens and be more polite. A big storm brews up when Herbert is sent home from school and Mum calls on Great Uncle Albatross – navy captain and scourge of all pirates – to warn him of the dangers of rebellion.

But is Great Uncle Albatross all he seems to be and do his cautionary tales really have the power to make Young Herbert behave? Or will they just give Young Herbert the horrors?

Featuring swashbuckling verse, jaunty music, gallows humour and the obligatory parrot, Young Herbert’s Horrors is Justin Coe’s brand new spoken word show for children, following the highly popular Big Wow, Small Wonder.


2018 Tour Dates

More tour dates coming soon.


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 Monstrous Duckling Friends For All John Hegley: All Hail The Snail (And Other Creatures) Leaf  / Need A Little Help Young Herbert’s Horrors