Happened 1990 (2021)

White Horse Road
8 Jul - 8 Jul 2021
A montage of images representing out Happened 1990 Youth Theatre project

Five filmed performances about world events that happened in 1990: the birth of the internet; the fall of the Berlin Wall; the release of Nelson Mandela from prison after more than 27 years; the Poll Tax Riots and resignation of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister; and the discovery of the hole in the ozone layer.

The creation of Happened 1990 was spread over 18 months due to COVID-19 restrictions, as sessions seamlessly switched between in-person and online delivery. Our five oldest Youth Theatre groups have spent three in-person terms, between January 2020 and June 2021, creating shows inspired by world events that took place in 1990, the year Half Moon became a young people’s theatre.

We hope you enjoy watching the filmed performances and that you delight in being transported back to 1990, either to re-live a moment in history, or to discover them for the first time.

Happened 1990  was part of Half Moon’s 1990 | 2020 project, celebrating 30 years as a young people’s theatre. The other activities were: Born 1990 and Snapped 1990 | 2020.

Happened 1990 was supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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1990 | 2020 film stills (selection)

Cast List

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

Creative Team


Connectivity - The Birth of the Internet film

Production gallery

Rehearsal Images


Saturday Night film

Production gallery

Rehearsal Images


The Downfall of the Iron Lady film

Production gallery

Rehearsal Images


Where Were You? film

Production gallery

Rehearsal Images


Break Down the Wall film

Production gallery

Rehearsal Images

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1990 | 2020 (2021)

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