1990 | 2020 (2021)

White Horse Road
8 Jul - 8 Jul 2021

In March 2020 Half Moon celebrated its 30th birthday as a young people’s theatre. Our planned celebrations – including a festival of new Youth Theatre shows and a photography exhibition – were quickly postponed when COVD-19 forced the country into a national lockdown.

Any thoughts of parties and special events were quickly abandoned as we found ourselves devising ways of moving our Youth Theatre and other Creative Learning programmes online, while quickly developing ways of streaming some of our recent productions for young people for free. It was a challenging, difficult and uncertain time for us, but we knew how important it was to try and keep engaging with our local community – if families and young people could not come to Half Moon Theatre, then we would go to them.

One Youth Theatre parent told us:

“It’s been an extremely stressful few months and I cannot thank you enough for putting a smile on my daughters’ faces. I really love the way they engage with the games; they help me forget how grim the present situation is.”

As spring turned into summer and then transformed into autumn, we realised that we would be celebrating our 30th birthday a little later than expected.

Cast List

  • Eclipse Youth Theatre
  • Equinox Youth Theatre
  • Lunar Youth Theatre
  • Orbit Youth Theatre
  • Solar Youth Theatre

Creative Team

1990 | 2020 Virtual Showcase

Watch the 1990 | 2020 Virtual Showcase of work, created by over 100 young people, celebrating 30 years as a young people’s theatre.  The film premiered on Thursday 8 July 2021.

To watch the film with a replay of the live chat, CLICK HERE to launch a new window.

To access the replay of the live chat as it happened, click the “show chat replay” button in the top right hand corner of the YouTube page.


1990 | 2020 film stills

1990 | 2020 trailer

A short teaser trailer of our 1990 | 2020 Virtual Showcase, celebrating 30 years as a young people’s theatre.

The full film can be seen below.



1990 | 2020 Introduction

1990 | 2020 brochure

Reviews and responses to the 1990|2020 Virtual Showcase

Research trip to Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives

Tower Hamlets in 1990

Snapped 1990 | 2020

Snapped 1990 | 2020

Exhibition in the Half Moon foyer

On permanent display

Taking the Snapped 1990 | 2020 photos

Half Moon in 1990

Happened 1990

Happened 1990 rehearsals

Born 1990

Zoom interviews for Born 1990

Half Moon would like to say a very special thank you to:

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A montage of images representing out Happened 1990 Youth Theatre project

Happened 1990 (2021)

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