Narratives of Empathy and Resilience (2021)

White Horse Road
17 people arranged around staircase

Inspired by similar Half Moon programmes to develop new plays for young people (the three-year Exchange for Change platform), Narratives of Empathy and Resilience is a continuation of our long-term ambition to create stories that reflect our diverse community, as well as support under-represented artists in developing their practice.

What started as a public call-out in March 2021 quickly progressed to a collective of 17 plus dynamic artists, from a range of disciplines at different stages of their creative careers, who collaborated to create nine powerful scratch performances for different age ranges for the Theatre for Young Audiences  (TYA) sector.

At the end of the project in July 2021, due to COVID restrictions, the performances were shared among the creatives and Half Moon team. Although we were unable to welcome delegates in-person, the showcase and Q&As that followed each piece, were professionally filmed.

To bring closure to the project, all the filmed performances and Q&As were shared via Zoom to the wider TYA and arts sector at the culminative digital showcase on 23 and 24 September. This was accompanied by a series of provocation sessions where the artists and delegates debate the issues raised by the work.

We charted this exciting journey with some behind the scenes content of our artists’ creative journey, including a series of blogs, photos and videos.

All shows were filmed on 22 July 2021 at Half Moon Theatre.

Introduction videos

Narratives of Empathy and Resilience performances


10-In-The-Bed R&D

For ages 3-7

10-In-The-Bed : Rehearsal and Performance Gallery


Angel R&D

For advisory ages 7+

Angel : Rehearsal and Performance Gallery

The Bench

The Bench R&D

For advisory age 8+

The Bench : Rehearsal and Performance Gallery

Boys Will Be Boys

Boys Will Be Boys R&D

For advisory ages 9+

Boys Will Be Boys : Rehearsal and Performance Gallery

Daytime Deewane

Daytime Deewane R&D

For advisory ages 12+

Daytime Deewane : Rehearsal and Performance Gallery

Flat Lands

Flat Lands R&D

For advisory ages 13+

Flat Lands : Rehearsal and Performance Gallery

Hot Orange

Hot Orange R&D

For advisory ages 13+

Hot Orange : Rehearsal and Performance Gallery


Loop.In.Doors R&D

For advisory ages 13+

Loop.In.Doors : Rehearsal and Performance Gallery

Loop.In.Doors on Kindred Radio


DJ and Sound Designer, Jake Walker, plays Loop.In.Doors on Kindred Radio.



For the full video visit:

Psychic Babies

Psychic Babies R&D

For ages 1-3

Psychic Babies : Rehearsal and Performance Gallery

Narratives of Empathy and Resilience Showcase 2021

Audience Gallery @ Half Moon from 22 July

Narratives of Empathy and Resilience Digital Showcase 2021

Photo Gallery of Digital Showcase from 23 & 24 September

Meet the Artists

About the Artists

Narratives of Empathy and Resilience Vlogs

Behind the Scenes

Artist Reflections

Related productions

Exchange for Change (2004-Present)

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