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‘Vote here for Half Moon’ in Limehouse to get £5,000, east Londoners are urged

PUBLISHED: 17:59 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:09 08 November 2017

'Vote for Half Moon'... school visit from Poplar's Mayflower Primary. Picture: Half Moon

'Vote for Half Moon'... school visit from Poplar's Mayflower Primary. Picture: Half Moon

Half Moon

Voting online could help east London’s Half Moon to win badly-needed funding for its seven youth theatres.

Half Moon's half-term 'GCSE Careers' course. Picture: Half MoonHalf Moon's half-term 'GCSE Careers' course. Picture: Half Moon

The Limehouse theatre centre is relying on votes to raise its chances of getting a £5,000 windfall for their inclusive drama for young people aged five to 18 or 25 for disabled.

But it is up against tough competition from organisations and projects up and down the country.

Only projects with the most public votes go forward to a judging panel which selects the ‘gold tip’ charities to get an Aviva Community Fund grant.

“We need the East End’s support for funding that could make all the difference to the young people we help,” Half Moon’s director Chris Elwell said.

Rehearsals at the Half Moon in Limehouse. Picture: Tim JamesRehearsals at the Half Moon in Limehouse. Picture: Tim James

“We boost their formal education with skills to listen, take turns, share, communicate and to grow in confidence.

“But we need people to log on to the Aviva voting page and vote for Half Moon to raise our chances of getting on the shortlist.”

Half Moon’s seven Youth theatres enable youngsters to build confidence and develop skills like communication, presentation, decision-making, taking responsibility and commitment.

They also learn drama techniques and interact with other youngsters from their community.

Half Moon famous for its youth theatre productions. Picture: Half MoonHalf Moon famous for its youth theatre productions. Picture: Half Moon

The vote for Half Moon on Aviva Community Fund website runs until November 21.

The theatre began life in 1970 as a back street theatre workshop down Half Moon Alley in Whitechapel.

It got so popular that it had to find bigger premises at Mile End after 10 years, then finally moved to its present site in the converted Limehouse Vestry Hall in Bromley Street, off the Commercial Road, where a massive restoration project was carried out five years ago to restore the listed 19th century building.

The Half Moon launched a heritage archive project earlier this year, ready for its 50th anniversary in 2020.

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