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What’s On Sep – Dec 2017 Celebrating world class theatre for young audiences 020 7709 8900 | All Tickets £7

Season diary DATE Fri 22 Sep Sat 23 Sep Fri 29 Sep Sat 30 Sep Sat 30 Sep Thu 5 Oct Fri 6 Oct Sat 7 Oct Mon 9 Oct Tue 10 Oct Wed 11 Oct Fri 13 Oct Sat 14 Oct Sat 14 Oct Sat 21 Oct Sat 28 Oct Sat 28 Oct Sat 4 Nov Sat 11 Nov Sat 11 Nov Sat 18 Nov Fri 24 Nov Sat 25 Nov

TIME 10.30am & 1.30pm 11am & 2pm 10.30am & 1.30pm 11am & 2pm 12pm & 1.15pm 4.30pm & 7pm 1.30pm & 4.30pm 10am – 4pm 10.30am & 1.30pm 1.30pm & 7pm 10.30am & 1.30pm 4.30pm 10.30am, 12pm, 2pm & 3.30pm 11.15am & 12.45pm 11am & 2pm 11am & 2pm 12pm & 1.15pm 11am, 1pm & 3pm 11am, 1pm & 3pm 12pm & 2pm 11am & 2pm 10.30am & 1.30pm 11am & 2pm

Sat 25 Nov

12pm & 1.15pm

Sat 2 Dec Sat 2 Dec Sat 2 Dec Sat 2 Dec Tue 5 Dec Tue 5 Dec Wed 6 Dec Wed 6 Dec Sat 9 Dec Sat 16 Dec

10am – 5pm 10.30am 11.45am 1.15pm 5.30pm 8pm 5.30pm 8pm 11am & 2pm 11am & 2pm

Coming soon in 2018 DATE Sat 6 Jan Sat 13 Jan

TIME 11am & 2pm 11am & 2pm

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PRODUCTION Butterflies Butterflies Three Three Children’s Book Illustrator Event: Bridget Marzo What Once Was Ours What Once Was Ours Fun Palaces Free Family Fun Day What Once Was Ours What Once Was Ours What Once Was Ours Flit, Flap & Fly Flit, Flap & Fly Children’s Book Illustrator Event: Jo Byatt Your Toys Climb That Tree Children’s Book Illustrator Event: John Shelley Handa’s Surprise Twinkle Twinkle Children’s Book Illustrator Event: Julia Woolf The Steadfast Tin Soldier Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tails Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tails Children’s Book Illustrator Event: Pam Smy & Polly Noakes Winter Arts Fair Comets Youth Theatre Sharing Sunbeam Youth Theatre Sharing Moonbeam Youth Theatre Sharing Eclipse Youth Theatre Sharing Lunar Sharing Youth Theatre Sharing Equinox Youth Theatre Sharing Solar Youth Theatre Sharing Penguin Grannylocks / The Monstrous Duckling

AGE 3 – 7 3 – 7 3 – 8 3 – 8 All 12+ 12+ All 12+ 12+ 12+ 3 – 8 3 – 8 All 5 – 9 3 – 8 All 2 – 6 1 – 3 All 3+ 3+ 3+

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PRODUCTION Ugly Duckling Where’s My Igloo Gone?

AGE 3+ 5+

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Ways to make a difference

Online: Donate securely via our website: You can also make a donation when you book tickets By standing order: Pick up a form from our foyer, download from our website or call 020 7709 8900

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Welcome to our autumn season A very warm welcome to Half Moon’s new season of theatre for young audiences. Our 13 week season features a wide range of exciting and entertaining productions, from 12 imaginative companies who specialise in captivating young minds. We’re thrilled to be working with Tangled Feet and Zest Theatre on two brand new co-productions; Fun Palaces, our free family fun day, returns for a third year; six children’s book illustrators will host a range of unique events; plus we’ve a special arts market to the celebrate the winter season. See you soon. Chris Elwell, Director

Gallery @ Half Moon Pictures at Play 6 Sep – 22 Dec A vibrant exhibition showcasing winning entries from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) biennial competition. Chosen by a jury of children’s publishing professionals and Half Moon, Pictures at Play covers an array of genres and showcases some wonderful work by published and unpublished artists in the field today. All the illustrations are aimed at young people, from babies through to teenagers, and are available to purchase. For all our exhibitions, we provide a gallery trail for children and special events. School and community groups can visit free of charge to support Arts Award Discover and Explore. Contact Androulla on 020 7709 8908 or

Free Artist Events Alongside our exhibition we have series of free events with some of the children’s book illustrators featured in Pictures at Play. Many of the artists will also be at our Winter Arts Fair (see page 12) on Saturday 2 December. Why not come and meet them? Sat 30 Sep, 12pm & 1.15pm: Bridget Marzo (Tiz and Ott’s Big Draw) Sat 14 Oct, 11.15am & 12.45pm: Jo Byatt (On the Move – Busy Little World series) Sat 28 Oct, 12pm & 1.15pm: John Shelley (Will’s Words; Stone Giant) Sat 11 Nov, 12pm & 2pm: Julia Woolf (Lazy Cat; Giraffe on a Bicycle) Sat 25 Nov, 12pm & 1.15pm: Pam Smy (Thornhill; Lob) and Polly Noakes (The Very Long Sleep)

Gallery @ Half Moon schools workshop programme

Illustrations below by: [L–R] Tim Hopgood, Pam Smy

generously supported by The Finnis Scott Foundation.

and Leigh Hodgkinson


Get involved! 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 seven groups that run during term time.

Half Moon’s Youth Theatres School Years 1 – 3

Comets: Saturday 10am –11am Sunbeam: Saturday 11.15am –12.15pm Moonbeam: Saturday 12.45pm –1.45pm

School Years 4 – 6

Eclipse: Tuesday 4pm – 6pm Equinox: Wednesday 4pm – 6pm

School Years 7 – 12

Lunar: Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Teenagers with disabilities (specialist group)

Solar: Wednesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm Autumn term begins on Saturday 23 September, Tuesday 26 September and Wednesday 27 September. Youth Theatre Sharings will take place between 2 and 6 December, check the season diary for more information. For more information about our Youth Theatres visit or contact us on 020 7709 8900.


Inclusive All of our Youth Theatres are open to young people with disabilities and our venue is fully accessible.

5 reasons to join »» Great value! Just £6 per session (£3 concession) »» Run by friendly and experienced tutors »» No auditions »» See shows at Half Moon and visit other London theatres »» Performances each term for friends and family

Arts Award We are able to support our Youth Theatre members to gain a Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver Arts Award. The Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification that has been developed by Arts Council England and Trinity Guildhall and aims to inspire young people to develop their arts and leadership talents.

Schools & teachers can also participate Last year, Half Moon worked with 29,500 young people in over 1,100 Creative Learning sessions across 74 centres. We work with nurseries, children’s centres, schools, colleges and community and youth organisations on a range of engaging projects, including Artsmark and Arts Award. This includes curriculum-focused workshops, after-school activities and initiatives to encourage young people to get into theatre, as well as professional development opportunities for teachers and other school staff.

Projects include

Careers in Theatre: A hands-on, project-

for children to explore their physicality and imaginations and to feel confident with dance and creative movement

DramaWorks: Bespoke experiential

Early Years Dance and Drama: Sessions

Speech Bubbles: A year-long programme

working with KS1 children to develop their communication skills through drama

Dramatic Maths: An innovative project

using drama and storytelling to engage children in KS2 maths

Transitions: A programme using drama to support Year 6 students with their transition to secondary school

management style experience for 11–17 year olds of all aspects of professional theatre

residencies in non-mainstream settings for young people with additional needs or life limiting conditions

Gallery @ Half Moon: A chance for schools to experience the art in our gallery, meet the artist and use the pictures as stimulus for literacy and other curriculum work CPD for Teachers: A series of practical training sessions for primary and secondary school staff, in partnership with Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES) For more information visit and subscribe to our e-newsletter. To discuss any of the projects or suggest other ways you would like to work with us at Half Moon, contact Androulla on 020 7709 8908 or email


Fri 22 Sep  10.30am & 1.30pm Sat 23 Sep  11am & 2pm Ages 3 – 7  40 mins

Fri 29 Sep  10.30am & 1.30pm Sat 30 Sep  11am & 2pm Ages 3 – 8  50 mins



Three friends embark on an exciting adventure to chase their butterflies away. They cross new seas to uncharted lands, on a journey filled with discovery. The only trouble is they’re all a bit worried about it! What if I get wet? What if I make a new friend? What if I don’t? During their voyage the group ride the waves, battle the storms and face their fears, before reaching dry land braver than ever before. Butterflies is an uplifting tale of friendship, courage and how to dance in the rain, told using innovative staging, breathtaking physicality, touching humour and a specially commissioned musical score. #ButterfliesShow HALF MOON PRESENTS


a Wrongsemble production Three wishes, three witches, three sisters, three pigs, three bears, three musketeers… Brought to life with a flurry of original singa-long songs, live music and brilliantly inventive storytelling, the flamboyant players burst from their wagon of forgotten fables to re-tell the stories of Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and Grimms’ Three Wanderers as never before. Jump on board the ingenious and cleverly crafted wagon of fairytales in this spellbinding new musical play. Also on tour nationally as part of Half

Moon presents. Visit halfmoonpresents for more details.

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Thu 5, Fri 6 & Mon 9 – Wed 11 Oct  Thu 4.30pm & 7pm, Fri 1.30pm & 4.30pm, Mon 10.30am & 1.30pm, Tue 1.30pm & 7pm, Wed 10.30am & 1.30pm Ages 12+  60 mins


What Once Was Ours An immersive new show about identity and belonging. Katie and Callum couldn’t be any more distant and disconnected: different heritage, different cities, different opportunities. Except there is one thing they’ll always have in common: Dad. What happens when Callum suddenly turns up in desperate need of help? Created against the background of Brexit, What Once Was Ours has been developed in consultation with young people across the country and uses their direct words and opinions to explore how politics and national values impact on the complex lives of one family.

What Once Was Ours is a Zest Theatre and Half Moon co-production: an exciting collaboration by two of the UK’s leading companies creating work for young people. An education pack is available for this show. For details about the accompanying workshops for schools and community groups please contact

Part of Black History Month celebrations in Tower Hamlets. Also on tour nationally, see for details.


Beautiful imagery, striking original music and immersive design combine to create this powerful new production for young people, which asks why we’ve become so fearful of anyone who is different from us.

Black History Month events On Tuesday 10 October there will be a free workshop and opportunities to explore the issues raised in the play. Please check the website for more information: 7

Sat 7 Oct  10am – 4pm All ages welcome  Free Family Fun Day

Fun Palaces

Fri 13 Oct  4.30pm Sat 14 Oct  10.30am,

12pm, 2pm & 3.30pm Ages 3 – 8  35 mins

Our free family fun day returns for a third year with an out of this world space theme! Join us as we create a pop-up Fun Palace with an exciting and inspiring programme of events for all ages celebrating arts, culture and science. Throughout the day we will have pop-up performances, live music, art sessions, craft workshops, science experiments and the chance to create your own universe. Plus, we’ll have tea, cake and a few surprises along the way. Dip into one or two events or stay for the whole day! All events are free. Refreshments are available to buy throughout the day. Supported by Tower Hamlets Council.


Flit, Flap & Fly A squawking adventure that follows a young bird’s frantic and funny journey towards independence, and his relationship with his fine-singing father. The audience is invited inside the nest, where they find themselves part of the daily life of a unique bird family. Bursting with live music and audience participation, everyone can learn birdsongs and get ready to take flight for the first time. “An engaging company of boundless potential.” The Guardian Early booking is advised as this show has limited capacity.



Sat 21 Oct  11am & 2pm Ages 5 – 9  60 mins

Sat 28 Oct  11am & 2pm Ages 3 – 8  45 mins


Your Toys

A monstrous force rules the land. Only the bravest can defeat it. But the challenge is perilous – will everyone survive? On this epic journey we’re all in danger, and only the toys can save us – your toys. This is the show where your toys are part of the big adventure. Grown-ups and children alike are invited to bring your favourite toy to the theatre and watch them come to life in this gigantic adventure using puppetry, original live music and quirky humour. “Magical, an ideal introduction to the theatre for children.” The Stage #YourToys DAVID GIBB PRESENTS

Climb That Tree – A Family Music Show Join award-winning songwriter and musician David Gibb on a musical journey through his hilarious and often surreal imagination, where bears live in the cupboard under the stairs, wolves are roaming the corridors at school, and trips to the moon are a regular occurrence. David’s songwriting draws from a wide range of musical influences, deftly blending folk, jazz, reggae and rock ‘n’ roll. Climb That Tree is guaranteed to have both parents and children singing along in no time – this is music that the whole family can enjoy together. “Prepare to be carried away with the music… packed full of catchy, toe tapping numbers.” The Guardian #ClimbThatTree 9

Sat 4 Nov  11am, 1pm & 3pm Ages 2 – 6  35 mins

Sat 11 Nov  11am, 1pm & 3pm Ages 1 – 3  30 mins plus play session


Handa’s Surprise Can you resist the sweet-smelling guava? How about a ripe red mango or a tangy purple passion fruit? Travel to Kenya and follow Handa as she journeys to visit her best friend Akeyo in the next village. Handa is taking seven delicious fruits as a surprise – but seven different animals have seven very different ideas. A blend of physical performance, puppetry, live music and song combine to create an intimate, magical production with audience participation, based on the hugely popular book by Eileen Browne. Early booking is advised as this show has limited capacity. Part of Black History Month celebrations in Tower Hamlets.


Twinkle Twinkle There are melodies that live in all of us. No one knows that more than Marty the puppy, whose bedtime songs and playtime with his dad are the best part of his day. But sometimes, you have to learn how to find the music inside yourself. Twinkle Twinkle is a beautiful adventure in music and light, featuring brilliant puppetry, magical interaction and a gorgeous original score. Join Marty on his journey to find the brightest light in the sky, and inside all of us. Early booking is advised as this show has limited capacity.



Sat 18 Nov  11am & 2pm Ages 3+  50 mins

Fri 24 Nov  10.30am & 1.30pm Sat 25 Nov  11am & 2pm Ages 3+  60 mins


The Steadfast Tin Soldier There once was a remarkable tin soldier who fell in love with a beautiful paper dancer and then tumbled out of a window, so beginning a perilous journey into the unknown. This playful retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s poetic story uses light, projected animations and simple materials that are skilfully transformed through puppetry to create a theatrical experience that will engage and touch young hearts and minds. “Best children’s show.” Time Out #SteadfastTinSoldier


Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tails Our Storyteller is on the run from those three-headed monsters, trying to bring you the most fantastic tales from the Magic Land of Three. Are you really sure what happened to the wolf and those three little pigs? What about Goldilocks? Why was she walking in those woods? And as for the three Billy Goats Gruff, how did they really deal with that troll? All will be revealed in this beautiful show using puppets and props. It’s full of fun and laughter and has an infectious soundtrack that you won’t be able to stop singing long after the show has finished. #FurryTails


Sat 2 Dec  10am – 5pm

All ages

Sat 9 Dec  11am & 2pm Ages 2 – 8  30 mins

Winter Arts Fair Our Pictures at Play exhibition (see page 3) bursts from its frames this December with an affordable arts and crafts fair, featuring local artists and children’s book illustrators, whose vibrant work can be seen hanging on our walls, plus a range of handmade crafts. Half Moon’s patron, Linda Marlowe (EastEnders’ Sylvie Carter), will also be reading from some of the featured books – so why not come and meet her in person? Taking over the entire Half Moon building, our fantastic celebration of winter offers an exciting opportunity to buy some truly unique and fabulous gifts, cards and other crafts directly from the maker. Alongside the art and crafts on sale, there will be a series of free events in the theatre with some of the featured illustrators. For more information visit our website: #WinterArtsFair



Ben is delighted when he rips open his present, inside is a penguin. “Hello Penguin!” says Ben. Penguin says nothing. Ben tickles Penguin; he pulls his funniest face; he puts on a happy hat; sings a silly song and does a dizzy dance. Penguin says nothing. So Ben fires Penguin into outer space. Penguin comes back to earth without a word! It isn’t until a passing lion intervenes that Penguin finally speaks and when he does, Ben discovers something that was really worth the wait. Based on the award-winning book by Polly Dunbar, Penguin is exiting, surreal and full of surprises, with lively songs by Tom Gray, of Gomez, that will have everyone joining in! #Penguin


Sat 16 Dec  11am & 2pm Ages 3+  45 mins

What’s Coming in 2018 Sat 6 Jan  11am & 2pm


Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks / The Monstrous Duckling a Joseph Coelho production

A father returns home with a magical cloak. A cloak that hides a story. Did you know that the ugly duckling was never ugly? He was truly monstrous! Or that Goldilocks was never a tale about a little girl. It was always a tale about a granny – a mean, thieving granny who has plans for something quite nasty. Join award-winning performance poet Joseph Coelho as he unwinds the true stories behind the happily ever afters and discover they’re maybe not as charming as you remember! After the show there will be a chance to meet Joseph and purchase signed copies of his books, including the award-winning Werewolf Club Rules and Overheard in a Tower Block. Also on tour nationally as part of Half Moon

presents. Visit for more details.


Ages 3+  60 mins


Ugly Duckling

In a nest at the edge of a pond a flock of baby ducklings find an enormous egg which hatches into the most unusual duckling the pond has ever seen – Ugly Duckling! Hans Christian Andersen’s well known tale is brought to life with an enchanting mix of physicality and live music that quacks and trills. #UglyDuckling

Sat 13 Jan  11am & 2pm Ages 5+  65 mins BONE ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

Where’s My Igloo Gone? Journey into a dazzling, icy world of soaring snow geese, pet husky dogs, starry nights and the kind of cold that makes your skin tingle. With enchanting live music, Where’s My Igloo Gone? is a fun, magical experience for all the family and is accessible to Deaf, hearing and non-English speaking audiences. #WheresMyIglooGone


Bookshop @ Half Moon We are delighted to offer a pop-up bookshop in partnership with the well-loved Brick Lane Bookshop. There’s a rolling selection of popular children’s books for all ages on offer, from classic favourites to some of the hottest new titles. The bookshop also stocks contemporary greeting cards, so Half Moon is the perfect place to buy that special gift or new bedtime story.

Stages of Half Moon Celebrating the rich heritage of Half Moon Theatre since 1972 Explore the full history of Half Moon Theatre online at through photographs, programmes, news stories, documents, videos and filmed interviews with over 100 people. There’s more than 500 pages of information on productions, projects, people and buildings, so lots to discover! The Stages of Half Moon exhibition is now on permanent display in the upper corridor. It’s overflowing with pictures and original posters, so do take a look and learn more about our 45 year history. #HalfMoonHistory


Party packages Celebrate your child’s special day at Half Moon. Book tickets for your group to see the afternoon show on the Saturday of your choice and hire our Upper Studio space (max. 25 children) for a post-show 90 minute party, for an additional £100. For more information, or to book, please call 020 7709 8900 or email us:

Hire a space Do you need a space for a meeting, seminar or book launch? Or perhaps a studio theatre for rehearsing, filming or a photo shoot? Half Moon has several fully accessible spaces available to hire. With very competitive rates and excellent transport links, we’re a great choice for hosting your event. Technical assistance available. Please contact us with your requirements.

About Half Moon

we include, we inform, we inspire Half Moon is a local organisation with a national remit, committed to supporting artists and young people at every stage of their creative development. Our activity includes a season of professional plays for young audiences, new writing and artform development, national touring productions and an extensive Creative Learning programme, including seven Youth Theatres.

A snapshot of last year’s achievements: »» 53,000 people engaged »» 33,000 workshop participants »» 20,000 audience members »» 1,172 volunteer hours »» 226 work experience sessions »» 164 members of our 7 Youth Theatre groups »» 66 schools worked with in Tower Hamlets »» 10 shows toured to 97 venues

Half Moon Presents As well as presenting shows for young audiences in our Limehouse home, Half Moon also tours work around the country under our producing arm, Half Moon Presents, a portfolio of professional work for young audiences from a range of our associate artists and companies. For current productions and tour dates, visit Half Moon Presents is part of our Exchange for Change programme, which supports artists developing diverse work for young audiences by nurturing, mentoring and providing space to develop work.

We couldn’t do it without: Action for Bow Apples and Pears Backstage Trust BBC Children in Need The Buzzacott Stuart Defries Memorial Fund Charity Bank Co-op Local Community Fund easyfundraising East End Community Foundation The Finnis Scott Foundation The Fitton Trust The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity The Henry Smith Charity Jack Petchey Foundation JSF Pollitzer Charitable Settlement Merchant Taylors’ Company Charity Newcomen Collett Foundation The Noël Coward Foundation Postcode Local Trust RTR Foundation Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year St Olave’s Foundation Fund Schroder Charity Trust The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust Souter Charitable Trust The Sterry Family Foundation Tower Hill Trust Waitrose Community Matters Zurich Community Trust Also a big thanks to our many individual donors. 15

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Half Moon Autumn Brochure 2017  

43 performances, 14 events, 12 companies, 5 children's book illustrators and 2 community events! We’re excited to announce our 2017 autumn...

Half Moon Autumn Brochure 2017  

43 performances, 14 events, 12 companies, 5 children's book illustrators and 2 community events! We’re excited to announce our 2017 autumn...