What’s On Tour

Half Moon and Half Moon Presents children’s theatre shows are touring throughout the UK in 2019. 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.

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Big Red Bath

A Full House and Half Moon co-production for ages 2-5

Rubba-Dubba-Giggle, Rubba-Dubba-Laugh, there’s magic to be found in the Big Red Bath.

It’s the end of a busy day and it is almost time for bed, and Ben and Bella are in the bath.

Splish! Splosh! Splash! Bubbles burst and bubbles rise and a frothy feast of animals jump right in to join in the fun. Come with us on a bubbly, barmy bath time adventure around the world and home again celebrating all things bath time.

Adapted from Julia Jarman and Adrian Reynolds’ popular children’s picture book, this quirky, vibrant and humorous tale for 2-5 year olds features music by Evergreen, an alternative indie-electro-pop trio who bring a blend of folk melodies, electro beats and vocal harmonies.

Big Red Bath is an exciting collaboration between Full House Theatre and Half Moon, that returns following hugely successful tours in 2013-2015, including a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival. This uplifting and playful production blends music, song and humorous character based performances in a unique take on this well-loved book.

2020 Tour Dates

  • Friday 22 – Saturday 23 May – Half Moon Theatre, London, E1
  • Sunday 24 May- Brewhouse, Burton on Trent, DE14
  • Tuesday 26 May- Library Theatre, Luton, LU1
  • Wednesday 27 – Thursday 28 May- Z-Arts, Manchester, M15
  • Friday 29 – Sunday 31 May- Quarry Theatre, Bedford, MK40
  • Friday 5 June- Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, CB1
  • Saturday 6 June- Theatre Royal, Norwich, NR2
  • Sunday 7 June- Civic, Barnsley, S70
  • Saturday 13 June- Key Theatre, Peterborough, PE1
  • Saturday 20 June- Kenneth Moore Theatre, Ilford, IG1
  • Sunday 21 June- artsdepot, London, N12
  • Saturday 27 June- Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre, Bedfordshire, LU7
  • Sunday 28 June- Hertford Theatre, Hertford, SG14

Performances will begin on 22 May 2020 at Half Moon and then tour until 28 June. Further dates coming soon.

 

 

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Dust

A Full House and Half Moon co-production for ages 4-9

When Little Titch and her scruffy rucksack arrive at the giant, pink house it is not what she expected – a blanket of thick grey dust covers everything in sight and it is wild and overgrown. Her new home is cold and unwelcoming until she meets Nelly, a flamboyant and loveable hoarder. Together the pair discover they have more in common than they first thought and that friendship can heal hidden wounds.

Written by acclaimed award winning children’s author Laura Dockrill (Darcy Burdock book series, Big Bones) Dust uses exciting puppetry and exquisite poetic language to explore a heartfelt story about love, loss, identity and memory. With haunting music by Hugo White of The Maccabees, this striking and emotional new play is a joyous reminder about just how playful the world can be.

Dust is a Half Moon and Z-Arts co-production: an exciting collaboration by the UK’s leading small-scale young people’s venue and touring company and Manchester’s unique and award-winning venue for children and families.

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2020 Tour Dates

  • Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 March – Half Moon Theatre, London, E1
  • Saturday 28 March – Stratford Circus, London, E15
  • Friday 3 – Saturday 4 April – Z-Arts, Manchester, M15
  • Tuesday 16 April – Library Theatre, Luton, LU1

Performances will begin on 18 March 2020 at Half Moon and tour until 19 April. More dates coming soon.

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Glisten

Half Moon presents a Daniel Naddafy production for 0-18 monthsIMG_8779 - web

Come 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 sparkling and shimmering immersive journey exploring the world of reflective materials wrapped up in an ambient 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.

The perfect alternative family Christmas experience, Glisten is performed to a small audience creating an intimate and welcoming theatrical experience, beautifully co-created by theatre-maker Daniel Naddafy and visual artist Phoebe Stubbs.

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2019 Tour Dates

This is a newly reworked version for the festive season of the production of the same name that toured nationally in 2018 and 2019. The production opens at Half Moon on 29 November, ending this short tour on 22 December. More dates coming soon.

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The Goose Who Flew

Half Moon presents a Lots of Odds Theatre production for ages 3-7The Goose Who Flew. Photo by Stephen Beeny (1-web)

If I was a goose, who flew, what would I do? Where would I go? I know, do you?”

Goose loves the summer, playing with his family and friends – swimming on the rivers, flying above the treetops and singing under the gaze of the full moon. When the days start to become colder, Goose knows it will soon be time to fly south for the winter. But, as his journey begins, things are not as they should be. Down below, a border has appeared and there are barbed wire fences and flashing lights.

The Goose Who Flew is a heartfelt story about the importance of compassion, community and understanding. Using charming storytelling, playful puppetry and an assortment of quirky characters – including Goose’s metallic friend Bolty, paper-loving official Whiskers and a feathery jazz singer called Flossy – this delightful new show offers an age appropriate exploration of the issues facing people who seek safety in a new land.

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Read an interview with performer Amber-Rose May

2019/2020 Tour Dates

  • Tuesday 21 January- St Alban’s CE Aided Primary, Havant, PO9
  • Wednesday 22 January- Mengham Infant School, Havant, PO11
  • Thursday 23 January- Bosmere Junior School, Havant, PO9
  • Friday 24 January – The Brewhouse, Burton-on-Trent, DE14
  • Sunday 16 February- High Wycombe Library, High Wycombe, HP11
    (part of Farnham Maltings’ Buckinghamshire Libraries Tour)
  • Monday 17 February- Iver Heath Library, Iver Heath, SL0
    (part of Farnham Maltings’ Buckinghamshire Libraries Tour)
  • Tuesday 18 February- Buckingham Library, Buckingham, MK18
    (part of Farnham Maltings’ Buckinghamshire Libraries Tour)
  • Wednesday 19 February- Chesham Library, Chesham, HP5
    (part of Farnham Maltings’ Buckinghamshire Libraries Tour)
  • Saturday 21 February- Sidcup Library, Sidcup, DA14

The production is now on tour. More dates coming soon.

 

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The House That Jackson Built

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

Jackson’s dad is building a new house out of weird and whacky bits and bobs thrown away by the local builder. The last few years have been hard for young Jackson, living without his mum. Now his dad wants to make a new start, but Jackson isn’t ready to move on. Not until he blows the dust off mum’s favourite old book and conjures up the Story Fairy. But can stories really help Jackson believe in himself and be happy in a new home?

Celebrating books and the joy of reading, The House That Jackson Built is a magical spoken word theatre show about the power of imagination, family, memory – and recycling!

The House That Jackson Built is Justin Coe’s brand new spoken word show for children, following the highly popular Young Herbert’s Horrors and Big Wow, Small Wonder.

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This production will open at Half Moon on 21 – 22 February 2020 then tour on an on-going basis. More dates coming soon. 

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Need A Little Help

A Tangled Feet and Half Moon co-production for 2-7Need 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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Tour Dates

There are no performances scheduled for this production at the present time. Dates coming soon.

 

 

 

Paper Aeroplane

Half Moon presents a Lots of Odds Theatre production for ages 3-7 

Take flight with two new friends as they soar through clouds, fly over distant seas and circle faraway lands. They touch down in mysterious new places and discover oceans to swim in, rocks to clamber over and bridges to cross. But where will they fly to next?

Lift-off on a musical journey full of puppetry, physicality and fluttering paper aeroplanes, where sometimes the skies are not as clear as we first think.

Developed with children who have shared their experiences of losing loved ones, The Paper Aeroplane sensitively explores loss and bereavement, the challenges we face when trying to move on, and how we can help one another along the way.

Paper Aeroplane is Lots of Odds’ brand new show for children, following the highly popular The Goose Who Flew.

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This production will open at Half Moon on 7 – 8 February 2020 then tour on an on-going basis. More dates coming soon. 

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Rolling Down the Road

Little Seeds Music, Half Moon and The Story Museum Oxford present a David Gibb production for ages 3-11

All aboard! Family singer songwriter David Gibb is proud to be the driver of the world’s first bus to be powered by song. However, his passengers’ choice of music can sometimes be a little unusual. From talking sunflowers to digging for buried treasure, David needs your help to find the perfect song for each of his passengers and get his magical, musical bus rolling down the road!

David’s song writing draws from a wide range of musical influences, deftly blending folk, jazz, reggae and rock and roll, always with an emphasis on quality and musicianship reminiscent of the classics. Guaranteed to have both parents and children singing along, this is a show that the whole family can enjoy together.

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2020 Tour Dates

  • Tuesday 7 – Friday 10 April – The Story Museum, Oxford, OX1
  • Friday 17 April – Citadel Arts, St Helens, WA10
  • Saturday 18 April – Library Theatre, Luton, LU1
  • Sunday 19 April- Waterside, Sale, M33
  • Saturday 16 May- Curve, Leicester, LE1
  • Friday 29 May- The Met, Bury, BL9
  • Saturday 30 May- The Brewhouse, Burton-on-Trent, DE14

This production opened at Half Moon on 26 September 2019 for three days only. It will resume touring from 7 April, 2020 with re-opening shows at The Story Museum, Oxford. More 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.

Big Red Bath / Dust / Glisten  /  The Goose Who Flew  / The House That Jackson BuiltNeed A Little Help / Paper AeroplaneRolling Down the Road