Technical Theatre Training (1986-1998)

Mile End RoadWhite Horse Road
Age range: 18-25
Poster - Technical Training Course

The Technical Training Course for unemployed 18-25 year olds offered six months of full-time training in lighting and sound and, from 1993, stage management. The course aimed to:

  • lead to employment or progression into higher and further education
  • offer young people transferable life skills
  • help young people gain self-confidence
  • provide a pathway into a career in the creative industries for young people who may traditionally feel excluded from the sector

The Half Moon ran its first vocational training course in 1986 with a pilot Entertainments Technician Course. That year, the course recruited ten trainees, all residents of Tower Hamlets, and on conclusion, seven took full-time employment, two went on to full-time further education and one set up her own business. The Technical Training Course began in earnest in 1987 with a three-year funded programme. In the first of those three years there were eight trainees with 2 CSEs between them. Five gained regular employment and two went onto higher education. This high rate of employment was maintained throughout the course’s history with between ten and fourteen students on every course, averaging 70% employment (when the national average was 40%) and 20% moving on to higher education.


Workshop photos (Various Years)

Description of the Technical Theatre Training Course


Programme and Marketing


Memories of Half Moon Theatre

Workshop photos (Various Years)