The Half Moon

Theatre (new writing, contemporary)

  • Pleasance Dome - JackDome
  • 14:35
  • Aug 28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Ireland
  • Group: Alice Malseed and Emily Foran, Lyric Belfast, Pleasance
  • Warnings and additional info: -
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Four women. Four generations. One Belfast family fighting for freedom and future. In a ferociously optimistic tale of home and hope, we meet Ethel, Jeanette, Sarah and Pam, each trapped by the narrow streets and looming mountain of Tiger's Bay. None of them had the chance to leave until now. Pam may have broken the cycle and followed her dream of a life elsewhere but she can ever truly escape her ancestry? There are stories of battle, passion and hope still demanding to be told. A fiery rollercoaster of emotion, inspired by women of Tiger's Bay.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Main queue at entrance to venue. Access to space via locked lift, please notify the venue ahead of your visit if you require use of the lift and ask at the box office upon arrival for access.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 18 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Naomi 38 days ago

Being from Belfast myself I can be a bit harsh on things from home at times, and I was tentative for the first 10 minutes. However, I became completely captured by the story and performance. Truly brilliant acting, amazing new writing. Love to see it. Bravo.

Anne Jones 44 days ago

A really well acted show. I felt very engaged with all the characters she portrayed. A very emotional, committed performance which I thoroughly applaud. Whether you have knowledge of Belfast or not it is an informative and absorbing portrayal of the city in the various ages.

Linda McAtee 51 days ago

We loved this play about several generations of Belfast women and the impact that the Troubles had on their lives and dreams. It was well acted and engaging.

David Murphy 51 days ago

Very likeable piece delivered by a very competent young actor.

Jane 53 days ago

Thought provoking, great actor and definitely worth going to. Thoroughly recommend

Caz 54 days ago

Spellbinding, attention gripping. I knew very little about Belfast before I attended the show but I have come out well informed of life in Belfast. I was transported through the highs and lows. The content is very relatable no matter where you are from.

Steven Haigh 54 days ago

Excellent one woman show, superbly performed. Highlights the complexities and realities of life in Belfast whilst being amusing and enjoyable throughout.

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One4Review (4.5/5 stars) 38 days ago

A beautiful and fascinating piece of theatre.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

A rich and rewarding look back at how the lives of the women from one family are shaped by circumstances but defined by their resilience and pride.

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 43 days ago

Alice Malseed has written a beautiful if painful script.

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