All of our Youth Theatre members also have the chance to participate in our Youth Forum to feed back their thoughts to the tutors, core team and Board of Trustees at Half Moon.
Each term, we celebrate the positive contributions of two young people from each of our eight Youth Theatres through our Recognition Scheme. For Lunar, Orbit and Solar, six of these awards in a year are Jack Petchey Achievement Awards.
All voting is done by the young people themselves and part of our commitment to encouraging all our young people to celebrate their own contributions as well as recognising the development and participation of their peers.
The young people create a wish list of items and additional experiences they would like which are funded by the Jack Petchey Award. This includes trips to performances, sessions with specialist artists, or equipment for their Youth Theatre sessions.
Jack Petchey and Recognition Award winners, their families and carers, community representatives, local VIPs and Half Moon staff attend the Awards presentations which take place as part of the end of term Youth Theatre sharings.
Recent Jack Petchey Winners
Our most recent Jack Petchey winners were selected by their groups for a variety of qualities, such as: always taking part in everything and always having a positive attitude; for having a good spirit, being very dedicated and very friendly; making people laugh and commitment throughout the sessions; trying really hard in the Zoom sessions; always being the first to offer a suggestion or an idea.
The young people have chosen to spend the money on equipment for the theatre foyer and their Youth Theatre sessions. Look out for bluetooth speakers, wheelie flipchart stands, funky music for sessions, radio microphones for our Heritage project interviewing, new floor cushions for the theatre and some state of the art recycling bins when you next visit Half Moon!
We also run the Jack Petchey Leader Award. Our Youth Theatre members voted for, Simon Batchelor, a Leader who inspires and supports them. Simon chose for the Small Grant funding to be spent on listening posts for the Half Moon building to enable young people’s interviews from our heritage programmes (Half Moon 1990, Playful Heritage, Stages of Half Moon) to be enjoyed by all.
Our gallery of all our winners can be seen in the Youth Theatre noticeboard in our foyer. Take a look when you next visit.