The House That Jackson Built (2020 – 2021)

White Horse Road
20 Feb 2020 - 3 Jul 2021
Age range: 4-10
  • Half Moon Presents a Justin Coe production
  • by Devised by the company

Available to stream on our On Demand platform

Jackson’s dad is building a new house out of weird and whacky bits and bobs that people have thrown away. The last few years have been hard for young Jackson, living without his mum. Now his dad wants to make a new start, but Jackson isn’t ready to move on. Not until he blows the dust off mum’s favourite old book and conjures up the Story Fairy. But can stories really help Jackson believe in himself and be happy in a new home? 

Celebrating books and the joy of reading, The House That Jackson Built featured a larger than life pop-up book and thrilling adventures, including a giant who could not say “fee-fi-fo-fum”, an elephant professor and the Wordy Wordy Birdie. This magical spoken word theatre show delighted in family, recycling and the power of imagination. 

The House That Jackson Built was a Justin Coe production that toured nationally as part of Half Moon Presents.

The production was filmed in autumn 2020 for digital screenings during the COVID-19 pandemic. A British Sign Language interpreted recording was also made available. The films premiered on 28 November 2020, with repeat screenings in February and March 2021. Alongside the films were three online creative learning workshops for audiences to take part in at home, exploring the themes of the show. All the films had closed captioning for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

From Autumn 2021 the production has been available to watch via Half Moon’s On Demand service.

The filming of The House That Jackson Built was made possible by funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, distributed by City Bridge Trust through the London Community Response Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players for making this possible.

You can access the script of this play via the British Library’s MPS Modern Playscripts Collection.

Production photos

Cast List

Creative Team





Filming the workshops

Interview with Justin Coe

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