When Spring Comes makes Limehouse premiere

Half Moon Young People's Theatre. "When Spring Comes".Following a successful run at Southbank Centre in 2012, Half Moon production When Spring Comes will make its Limehouse premiere for one performance only on 28 May, prior to a run at the international Spark Festival in Leicester.

When Spring Comes is a magical, musical and colourful play without words, in which a young boy embarks on a journey of discovery, experiencing the seasons, encountering birds and animals and awaiting the arrival of spring. The thirty-five minute show for ages 3 to 7 fuses Kathak and contemporary dance with live jazz music, against a backdrop of beautiful animation from acclaimed illustrator Amberin Huq.

When Spring Comes is choreographed and danced by Vipul Bhatti, a London based dance artist and journalist who has performed across the UK and Europe for numerous festivals and events. When Spring Comes marks his second collaboration with Half Moon, after taking part in the 2010 Exchange for Change programme, where he created and performed in The Closer I Get The Distant I Am.

Live music is composed and performed by Alex Tosh, a graduate of the Actor Musicianship course at Rose Bruford College who has worked extensively as an actor, a musician, a musical director and musical arranger. When Spring Comes marks his first experience of composing an original score for a professional theatre piece.

University College Falmouth graduate Amberin Huq plays with perspective, colour and light to create environments that tell a story through their composition. She has worked as a character designer on projects including the short film The Special Effect and children’s television programme Happy News. She has also worked with an independent filmmaker to create concept art for the short film, Shades of Grey.

When Spring Comes will be performed at Leicester Curve from Thursday 29 to Saturday 31 May, as part of the international Spark Festival. The Spark Festival is the largest children’s arts festival in England & Wales, taking place every May & June in Leicester. The festival presents the very best theatre, dance, music, visual arts and digital media events for young people aged 0 – 13 years.

Chris Elwell, Director of Half Moon, commented “Our production of When Spring Comes has never been seen at our Limehouse home before, so I’m delighted that our local audience are being given the opportunity to see this delightful show before its performances in Leicester. We’re proud to have this show in our portfolio, and are thrilled that we’ve been invited to take it to this year’s Spark Festival.”

When Spring Comes was a Southbank Centre supported commission and originally presented at the 2012 Alchemy Festival.

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