An exciting training programme for aspiring events producers aged 11-18 years and library staff.

IMG_3489(1)We have designed a bespoke programme for 6 young people between the ages of 11 and 18, and 6 members of library staff from Waltham Forest and Croydon, who are keen to develop the essential skills of a creative events producer.

From May to July 2015, these 12 individuals were taken under the wing of Chris Elwell, Director of Half Moon Theatre, and Maeve O’Neill, facilitator and Creative Producer for Truth About Youth, along with other leading arts facilitators. Along the way, they explored everything from balancing budgets, to event marketing, to stage management and producing. Read all about student Praveena‘s experience so far on our blog – you’ll wish you were one of the lucky 12!

Now they’re all trained up and reeling to go. The teams, working in pairs of one librarian and one young person, have planned their own programme of live creative events in local library spaces, to be delivered in autumn of 2015. Including: Urban Explosion on the 24th October and a Literary Fashion Show at Thornton Heath Library on the 29th October. Find out more info here. Show your support for our amazing young people by booking now.

Following on from the massive success of this year’s SPINE festival, a Mini SPINE will also take place over three days in 2016. Watch this space.



Creative Consultant and Facilitator: Chris Elwell, Director CEO Half Moon Theatre
Chris will be delivering workshops and leading his staff from Half Moon Theatre in the realisation of this project. Trainer, facilitator and theatre producer with wide experience, he specialises in professional theatre for and with young people, with a strong track record in participatory work.

Theatre director, facilitator, and producer: Lucy Foster, Half Moon Theatre
As a director, Lucy has created several of her own shows including Epic, The Pirate Project and Oh My Green Soap Box, all of which have toured across the UK. As an Associate Director with the theatre company Improbable, she has worked on several of the company’s shows as Participation Director, including The Wolves In The Walls, Panic, and Theatre of Blood. As a facilitator, Lucy works for a number of organisations, to deliver a diverse range of projects. She has been an Associate Artist for Half Moon Theatre for over ten years.

IMG_3253Independent Arts Producer and Facilitator:

Maeve O’Neill, Truth About Youth
Maeve has worked as a freelance Arts Producer in the fields of theatre and spoken word for many years and draws on her depth of experience gained there. Maeve has worked with NIE Theatre, Novus Theatre and Jacksons Lane Theatre. Maeve has also worked as a performer, facilitator and director before finding her niche as a producer.

Programme and Facilitator:
Nicky Crabb, Apples and Snakes

Creative consultant, arts producer and facilitator. Nicky’s recent work with libraries culminated in a 10 day festival of creative events across 11 London boroughs.  During this time Nicky conceived the idea for the Library Takeover.

Library Takeover is presented in partnership with Apples and Snakes, Half Moon Theatre, Waltham Forest Libraries and Croydon Libraries