Penalty Street was a the final production of a Summer School. The piece was devised and performed by the young people of Robert Montefiore School in Tower Hamlets. It was an interactive performance which took place throughout the grounds of the school, in site specific areas.
Half Moon continued working on Summer Schools in partnership with local schools in the 1980s and 1990s. Since 2012, Half Moon has been working on Transitions Summer Schools with young people about to start secondary school, in partnership with Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools and Oaklands Secondary School.
Jacquetta May is an actor who was was based at Oxford House as part of the young people’s theatre ensemble for Half Moon Theatre. She talks about how the organisation was run and the Youth Theatres and projects with schools that she ran. Interviewed by Toni Tsaera.
Academic, Martin Heaney worked on a number of participatory projects at Half Moon Theatre in White Horse Road in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He talks about a number of participatory projects in the late 199s and the importance of the company’s disability work. Interviewed by Alexia-Pyrrha Ashford.
Penalty Street was a two-week summer theatre scheme for around 25 older teenagers which took place in a school in Whitechapel. The theme was leaving school and what the future held for these young people. Working with Terry Chinn, a designer and deviser who was experienced in large-scale site specific work, we devised the show with the participants and created a promenade piece which took place in the playground, the corridors and the classrooms, incorporating large and small-scale puppetry and physicality.
You can read more memories from Matthew here.