Children re-live on stage at Half Moon what older generations got up to in the East End 60 years ago

Perrforming what these youngsters learned from their research into what kids got up to half-a-centur

Perrforming what these youngsters learned from their research into what kids got up to half-a-century ago. Picture source: Half Moon Theatre - Credit: Half Moon

Children have been on stage performing what they have researched about the social activities of youngsters more than half-a-century ago.

Putting on 'heritage' shows at the Half Moon that brought generations together, young and old. Pictu

Putting on 'heritage' shows at the Half Moon that brought generations together, young and old. Picture source: Half Moon Theatre - Credit: Half Moon

Members of Half Moon theatre’s youth groups spent five months creating four shows inspired by what they had discovered.

The project involved youngsters aged eight to 18 learning research techniques, writing, interviewing and oral history skills.

“We explored social activities of youngsters in the East End during the 1950s, 60s and 70s,” Half Moon’s director Chris Elwell explained.

“It has been fascinating hearing older people talking about when they were young and today’s youngsters realising they did the same stuff, just decades apart.”

Picture source: Half Moon Theatre

Picture source: Half Moon Theatre - Credit: Half Moon


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The ‘Playful Heritage’ project included trips to Tower Hamlets local history archives at Mile End and meeting elders and interviewing them on film, for the shows staged at the Half Moon in Limehouse that brought generations together, young and old.

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