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Half Moon is a small organisation in Tower Hamlets, which has worked with local young people since the 1970s. We specialise in using drama as a tool for learning and personal development with children and young people from birth to age 18 (or up to 25 for disabled young people). We place a particular emphasis upon social inclusion, ensuring our services are accessible to young people with disabilities, those from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and those excluded due to socio-economic circumstance. We work in nurseries, schools, colleges, as well as delivering outreach projects in the community. Our small theatre seats 80 and we produce a season of professional shows for family and teenage audiences. We ensure our activities are affordable to all, so our theatre tickets are just £7.
Half Moon runs seven after school drama groups for young people aged 5-18 (25 for disabled young people). We have a ‘no auditions’ policy to ensure that our groups are inclusive and welcoming to all. Each group has two drama tutors, with additional access workers as required. Six of the groups are fully inclusive, whereby young disabled people join the groups and are provided with appropriate support to participate. The seventh is a specialist group for disabled teenagers with complex and multiple needs. Our Youth Theatres help change the lives of young people by enabling them to better express themselves, build their confidence and develop soft skills. It is relatively expensive to provide access workers for disabled members, but crucial for them to get the most out of the sessions.