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Youth Theatre

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Why not join one of Half Moon’s Youth Theatre groups? 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 Youth Theatre

  • Great value! Just £7 per session (£3.50 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.

Make a Youth Theatre payment

School Years 1–3

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

Autumn Term 2024
Saturday 28 September – Saturday 7 December (no session Saturday 2 November)

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 2024
Eclipse: Tuesday 24 September – Tuesday 3 December (no session Tuesday 29 October)
Equinox: Wednesday 25 September – Wednesday 4 December (no session Wednesday 30 October)

School Years 7–9

Lunar  |  Tuesdays, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Autumn Term 2024
Tuesday 24 September – Tuesday 3 December (no session Tuesday 29 October)

We also run free after school drama clubs in four community centres in Tower Hamlets for young people in School Years 7-9. For more information email Androulla: youth@halfmoon.org.uk

School Years 10-13

Orbit  |  Wednesdays, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Autumn Term 2024
Wednesday 25 September – Wednesday 4 December (no session Wednesday 30 October)

Please note: you can only join Orbit Youth Theatre up until you are in Year 10 – Year 12.
You can continue in the group when you are in Year 13 but you cannot join when you are already in Year 13.

Teenagers with disabilities (specialist group)

Solar  |  Mondays, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Autumn Term 2024
Monday 23 September – Monday 2 December (no session Monday 28 October)

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“Thank you to everyone who has worked with Indra down the years, for the wonderful tuition and care she has been shown. We have been able to see clearly the positive impact Half Moon has had in her life, especially in her confidence and creativity, and you’ve helped set her on a path that she’ll continue to travel down, I’m sure.”

Youth Theatre Parent
Youth Theatre News

To read the Youth Theatre newsletters, click below:

Download Autumn 2023 Newsletter Download Spring 2024 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. A snapshot selection of some of this work can be viewed using the button links below.

View photo galleries on FlickR View the sharings archive
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. 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