Monica was a Youth Worker and later Trustee with Half Moon in the 1980s and early 1990s and has worked in education in Tower Hamlets as a teacher, headteacher and for the Council for more than 30 years.
Monica Forty is a Headteacher who has been involved with Half Moon Theatre for thirty years, including as a youth worker and Trustee. She remembers when Half Moon Theatre went bankrupt and the Young People’s Theatre was saved, but had to move to temporary premises before moving to its current home on White Horse Road.
Monica Forty has brought children to see shows at Half Moon Theatre for over three decades. Here she remembers Flash Trash, which particularly stands out in her mind.
Monica Forty was a teacher in Tower Hamlets in the 1980s, a time when the far right British National Party targeted the area. She talks about this context and how important Half Moon Theatre was and continues to be, as a champion of young people within a diverse society.
Monica Forty recalls how the company had an ethos of inclusivity and mutual respect at a time when it wasn’t always fashionable. Interviewed by Caitlin Ralph.