Half Moon offers ‘careers in theatre’ course for GCSE pupils to go on stage in Limehouse

East London's Half Moon theatre starts annual 'Careers in Theatre' drama-production course for GCSE

East London's Half Moon theatre starts annual 'Careers in Theatre' drama-production course for GCSE students this week. Picture: Half Moon - Credit: Half Moon

Hundreds of GCSE drama students are getting involved in one-day ‘careers in theatre’ sessions beginning on Wednesday at east London’s Half Moon theatre in Limehouse.

East London's Half Moon theatre starts annual 'Careers in Theatre' drama-production course for GCSE

East London's Half Moon theatre starts annual 'Careers in Theatre' drama-production course for GCSE students this week. Picture: Half Moon - Credit: Half Moon

The yearly project running till the following Tuesday is an insight into the business, technical and artistic aspects of professional theatre.

Students work in groups with professionals, taking responsibility for a production, including lighting, sound, set design, stage management, marketing—and of course acting.

They come together at the end of the day to tread the boards performing a contemporary play, with all the backstage production jobs thrown in.

The programme has been running annually since 2001 and has helped 5,000 GCSE students and school-leavers over the years.


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Some 12 Tower Hamlets schools are involved this year—Bow, both Bishop Challoner campuses, Central Foundation, George Green’s, Langdon Park, London Enterprise, Mulberry, Oaklands, Raine’s, John Cass and Swanlea—as well as St Michael’s at Bermondsey in south London.

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