Dramatic ‘punch up’ witnessed in Limehouse at Half Moon youth theatre

PUBLISHED: 17:25 20 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:25 20 February 2015

Biff! Kid gets it in the mush in the Half Moon bash

Biff! Kid gets it in the mush in the Half Moon bash

Half Moon

Outbursts of punching, slapping, hair-pulling and plenty of falls were witnessed at Half Moon theatre’s Lunar youth drama session in London’s East End.

Hair-raising horror at the Half Moon?Hair-raising horror at the Half Moon?

Was the theatre worried by the mayhem in its youth session for school years 7 to 12?

“Not a bit!” the theatre’s Beccy Allen said. “It was all part of an exhilarating stage combat session.”

The session run by Christina Forrest at the Limehouse venue had been chosen by Lunar member Keira for her Jack Petchey Achievement award.

The workshop had everyone focused, full of energy and brimming with enthusiasm.

Stage 'fright' or stage 'fight' kicks in at at the Half MoonStage 'fright' or stage 'fight' kicks in at at the Half Moon

“We had two amazing stage combat sessions with 30 of our Youth Theatre members,” Beccy added. “They really brought out the passion and commitment of the young people.

“Everyone learned the secrets of stage fighting—they were so committed and passionate.”

The Petchey Foundation made it possible through the Achievement Award scheme.

The Half Moon in Whitehorse Road, just off the Commercial Road, runs six youth theatre groups for ages five to 18 who are interested in theatre and drama.

Fight sequences—as in all the good movies—are all part of the drama.

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