Half Moon Trainees

Delivered by Half Moon Theatre

In 2021 and 2022, the Foundation for Future London is supporting “Half Moon Trainees” by Tower Hamlets-based Half Moon Theatre through our Medium Grant Scheme.

This scheme is part of our new Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund, funded by Westfield Stratford City.

“Half Moon Trainees” is an opportunity for school leavers to join Half Moon for training and paid trainee roles in access, front of house and lighting work.

About the project

Thanks to support from the Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund, Half Moon were able to offer free training and paid trainee roles to six young people from September 2021 to March 2022. The training covered Front of House work, Access work and Lighting work. Our aim is to support young adults to take their first step into the theatre industry.

In order to maximise the impact of the programme, we opened the training out to five additional young people who will hopefully use the skills they developed in the training to go on to paid work elsewhere.

Training included:

  • 5 half day sessions on Access — one-to-one support for a young disabled person who attends Half Moon’s Youth Theatre
  • 5 half day sessions on Lighting — helping with the technical set-up of a show and operating the lights during a performance
  • 5 half day sessions on Front of House — involves being an usher and duty manager at the theatre when performances are on
  • 1 full day session on Safeguarding
  • A few additional half day sessions will be scheduled across the course of the programme to meet the training needs of the trainees. These may include:
    • Supporting wheelchair users
    • Addressing challenging behaviour
    • First Aid
    • Fire Marshalling
    • Deaf Awareness training
    • Mental Health First Aid

Trainees are paid at London Living Wage.

Two of our trainees are specialising in Front of House work and are here every Saturday to greet audiences.

Two of our trainees are specialising in technical work and are here on alternate Fridays and Saturdays doing a get-in for our shows and supporting the operating of the shows.

Two trainees divide their time between Front of House and Access, working on our teenage Solar and Lunar Youth Theatres on weekday evenings.

Take part

To take part, contact or 020 7709 8900.

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Part of

Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund

Transforming lives and careers of people in East London

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Westfield Stratford City

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