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Youth Theatre

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Why not join one of Half Moon’s Youth Theatres? It’s a brilliant way to explore drama, create performances and make lots of new friends at the same time. We have eight groups for 5–18 year-olds in East London interested in theatre that run during term time.
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Five reasons to join

  • Great value! Just £6 per session (£3 concession)
  • Run by friendly and experienced theatre tutors
  • No auditions
  • See shows at Half Moon and visit other London theatres in addition to your sessions
  • Perform for friends and family on the Half Moon stage at the end of each term

Young people from Tower Hamlets and across East London attend our Youth Theatres. All of our Youth Theatres are open to young people with disabilities and our venue is fully accessible.

We also run Solar – a specialist drama group for disabled teenagers in East London on Monday evenings.

All of our tutors and staff at Half Moon have an Enhanced DBS Certificate.

For Younger Age Groups

Is your child currently too young for our Youth Theatres? You may be interested in our Creative Play programme.

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Half Moon’s Youth Theatres

The groups run during term-time and there is no session in the week of Half Term. Please note that the dates may not correspond with those of your/your child’s school.

All our Youth Theatres are currently full. To add your child to our waiting list, fill in the online registration form below, or call us on 020 7709 8901. We will then contact you as soon as a place becomes available.

If you have heard from us that your child already has a confirmed place in one of our Youth Theatres you can make a payment for the full term by clicking the button below.

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School Years 1–3

Comets  |  Saturdays, 10am-11am
Sunbeams  |  Saturdays, 11.15am-12.15pm
Moonbeams  |  Saturdays, 12.45pm-1.45pm


Autumn Term 2021
Saturday 25 September to Saturday 4 December (no session 30 October)

Spring Term 2022
Saturday 15 January to Saturday 26 March (no session 19 February)

These groups take place in the autumn and spring terms only.

School Years 4–6

Eclipse  |  Tuesdays, 4pm–5.45pm
Equinox  |  Wednesdays, 4pm–5.45pm


Autumn Term 2021
Eclipse: Tuesday 28 September to Tuesday 7 December (no session 26 October)
Equinox: Wednesday 29 September to Wednesday 8 December (no session 27 October)

Spring Term 2022
Eclipse: Tuesday 11 January to Tuesday 22 March (no session  15 February)
Equinox: Wednesday 12 January to Wednesday 23 March (no session 16 February)

Summer Term 2022
Eclipse: Tuesday 26 April to Tuesday 5 July (no session 31 May)
Equinox: Wednesday 27 April to Wednesday 6 July (no session  1 June)

School Years 7–9

Lunar  |  Tuesdays, 6.30pm-8.30pm


Autumn Term 2021
Tuesday 28 September to Tuesday 7 December (no session 26 October)

Spring Term 2022
Tuesday 11 January to Tuesday 22 March (no session  15 February)

Summer Term 2022
Tuesday 26 April to Tuesday 5 July (no session 31 May)

School Years 10-13

Orbit  |  Wednesdays, 6.30pm-8.30pm


Autumn Term 2021
Wednesday 29 September to Wednesday 8 December (no session 27 October)

Spring Term 2022

Wednesday 12 January to Wednesday 23 March (no session 16 February)

Summer Term 2022
Wednesday 27 April to Wednesday 6 July (no session  1 June)

Teenagers with disabilities (specialist group)

Solar  |  Mondays, 6.30pm-8.30pm


Autumn Term 2021
Monday 27 September to Monday 6 December (no session 25 October)

Spring Term 2022
Monday 10 January to Monday 21 March (no session 14 February)

Summer Term 2022
Monday 18 April to Monday 4 July (no session  2 or 30 May)

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Youth Theatre News

To read the Youth Theatre newsletters, click below:

Download Spring 2021 Newsletter Download Autumn 2020 Newsletter Download Summer 2020 Newsletter

Sharings

Every group normally has a sharing performance on the last session of each term where we welcome parents, carers, friends and families. All sharings take place in the main theatre space. There is no charge for adults or other children attending these performances and we encourage as many people as possible to come and support the young people by seeing their hard work performed.

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1990 | 2020 Youth Theatre Showcase

In March 2020 Half Moon celebrated its 30th birthday as a young people’s theatre. Our planned celebrations – including a festival of new Youth Theatre shows and a photography exhibition – were quickly postponed when COVD-19 forced the country into a national lockdown.

Over a year later, in July 2021, we are proud that we were able to mark our 30th birthday appropriately with a virtual showcase of digital content that celebrates not only the history of Half Moon as a young people’s theatre, but also the resilience and creativity of our young people.

Find out more about the project

How do I join?

All our Youth Theatres are currently full. To add your child to our waiting list, fill in the online registration form below. We will then contact you as soon as a place becomes available.

Theatre for Everyone

Youth Theatre at Half Moon is open to everyone. All groups are inclusive and we will provide access assistance for neurodiverse young people and any young people with physical and/or cognitive disabilities, sensory impairments and mental health conditions wanting to join a group and who require additional support (thanks to support from BBC Children in Need).

We meet with all participants with additional access needs before they join a Youth Theatre to decide together how we can best meet and support those needs. There are no auditions; all we ask for is enthusiasm and commitment.

Alongside Half Moon’s inclusive Youth Theatre groups is Solar, a group exclusively for disabled teenagers who feel their needs are better met in a specialist setting with smaller numbers and a higher adult to young person ratio.

We will happily discuss access requirements and provide communicators and access workers as appropriate. This group will be delivered online during the autumn term 2020 but when we return to in-person sessions, we fund transport for disabled members who live in Tower Hamlets if necessary. The group is extremely creative and demanding for members.

Half Moon views disability in terms of the social model of disability and we are constantly striving to grow and expand on our inclusive policy. Access underpins all of our work.

We strive to provide inclusive working practice for artists and staff, and an accessible theatrical and participatory experience for all our audiences.

Learn more about Access at Half Moon