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 / Friends For All Leaf  / Need A Little Help / Off the GridYoung 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

More tour dates coming soon.

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Butterflies

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

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2018 Tour Dates

Tour dates coming soon.

 

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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.”
(CuriousMum.co.uk)

“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.


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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.

2018 Tour Dates

  • 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
  • Sat 29 September – The SandPit Theatre, St Albans
  • Sun 30 September – Cambridge Junction

More tour dates coming soon.

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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.

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2018 Tour Dates

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

  • Fri 28 & Sat 29 September – Half Moon Theatre, London
  • 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.

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Off the Grid

Off the Grid - promo image (square) - 300A Half Moon production for  ages 13+

“I trade in my teenage years for you
To protect you
Create what I never had
So you’ll see how beautiful the world can be”

Connor and Kelly are brother and sister. They share the same birthday, but ten years apart. Since the disappearance of their parents, when Kelly was three, they have been dependent on each other for survival. Connor is everything to Kelly: dad, brother, mum, friend – and storyteller. They’ve learned how important it is to believe in something fantastic when you’re living off the grid.

But what happens when you discover you’ve made the wrong decision? Forced to back down, do you sacrifice your beliefs in order to stay together?

Developed in partnership with young people, Off the Grid is an immersive new play by David Lane that navigates a shocking and heart breaking human story through the underbelly of a hidden society. Follow Connor and Kelly over seven years and discover if their own tale is as hopeful as the fiction they’ve clung on to for their very existence.

Off the Grid is presented by Half Moon, the UK’s leading small-scale theatre company making work for young people and follows on from the company’s 2017 award-winning co-production What Once Was Ours (Off West End OFFIE Award for Best Production for Young People aged 13+; “★★★★★ Stuns the audience into silence,” London Theatre 1).

Off the Grid is written by one of the most exciting writers in the field of work aimed at young adult audiences, his previous work for the company has included Free and Begin/End.

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2018 Tour Dates

  • Wed 7 – Mon 12 November – Half Moon Theatre, London
  • Tue 13 November – The Egg, Bath
  • Wed 14 November, The Riverfront, Newport
  • Tue 20 November –  Waterside, Sale
  • Wed 21 November – Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
  • Thu 22 November – Stamford Arts Centre
  • Fri 23 November – The Garage, Norwich
  • Tue 27 November – Guildhall Arts Centre
  • Thu 29 November – The Civic, Barnsley
  • Fri 30 November – Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
  • Sat 1 December – Forest Forge Theatre, Ringwood

More tour dates coming soon.


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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.

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2018 Tour Dates

  • Sat 30 June – Cockpit Theatre, London
  • Wed 26 July – The Oracle Riverside, Reading (part of Reading Fringe Festival)
  • Tue 7 August – Artrix, Bromsgrove

More tour dates coming soon.

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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 / Friends For All Leaf  / Need A Little Help / Off the GridYoung Herbert’s Horrors