Half Moon presents
By Courttia Newland
Directed by Angela Michaels

In an abandoned building a group of young people are forced to confront the very thing that scares them most. Themselves. The mysterious and complicated culture of inner-city youth is exploded in this gripping new play, which breathes with a raw poetic language and a contemporary soundtrack.

Part street vernacular, part theatrical tradition, at times harrowing and at others searingly true - this is a play about the world of the teenage mind. Novelist and writer Courttia Newland deploys an abstract, poetic narrative style to invigorate this physical and fast paced production.  

"Director Angela Michaels skilfully maintains the temperature at just below boiling point." The Stage
"This elusive new short appeals by keepin' it dreamlike" Time Out

“A vibrant piece of new writing” **** Afridiziak 
“Newland reinvents the genre simply through his use of language... One has a sense here of a writer willing to take risks.”  
The Guardian, Alfred Fagon Awards 2010

Shortlisted for the 2010 Alfred Fagon Award

Photo credit: Patrick Baldwin. Copyright 2011

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“I wanted to create music that sounded urban and edgy, evoking a dark mysterious mood."

James Grant’s newly commissioned soundtrack combines experimental electronica, dubstep, industrial and ambient music and has been developed with the show’s Director to create a fusion of atmospheric soundscapes. James Grant is also the producer of Sneakbo's hit The Wave which featured as Sara Cox's record of the week on Radio 1 earlier this month. Check out the preview...


Kandace Caine - Doubt
Kandace trained at The Mounview Academy of Theatre Arts. Theatre credits include: Here Today Gone Tomorrow (Arcola), The Ammunitionist (Old Vic), Upper Street (King’s Head Theatre), Not Quite Gospel (Rich Mix) and The Wrong Path (Rosemary Branch Theatre). Recent Film and television credits include: An American Nobody in London (Perception Pictures) and Boys and Girls (Channel 4). Radio credits include: One On One for BBC Radio 4.

Ashley J - Obs
Ashley J first performed with Half Moon on the national tour of Locked In in 2008. Theatre credits include: The Blacks, Da Boyz and Junior Blaggers (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Twelfth Night (Nottingham Playhouse), Sugar Snap (Soho Theatre) and Fathers and Sons (The Albany). His television credits include: Lenny Henry’s Funny Black Singles and EastEnders. In addition to acting, Ashley J is also a successful dancer/choreographer, and is four-times solo Street-Dance International champion, as well as a fi nalist in the UK dance competition Bump and Grind for Trouble TV.

Frank C Keogh - Braun
Frank trained at Birmingham School of Acting. His most recent theatre credits include: Vincent River at the Old Red Lion Theatre, which was nominated for the London Best Play Award 2011. Frank has also performed in Antigone (Crescent Theatre), Playboy of the Western World (Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham) and Woyzeck (Crescent Studio). Frank’s television and film credits include: Casualty (BBC), It’s Cold Outside (B3 Media), Crimson (EM Media) and For Love and Coffee - supported by the UK Film Council.

Joe Jacobs - Inno
Joe Jacobs began his professional career 10 years ago as Jimmy in the ITV1 series Night and Day. Since then he has appeared in a number of other TV shows including Holby City, The Bill, Doctors, Commander and Dr Who, as well as taking on the role of PC William Jackson in Holby Blue. Theatre credits include: Collision (Birmingham Stage Company), All About It (Big Fish Theatre) and Palm Wine and Stout (Eastern Angles). Joe has also worked in radio as an ensemble member in the Radio 4 comedy Rudy's Rare Records and he is soon to make his feature film debut in George Lucas’s Red Tails.

Creative Team

Directed by Angela Michaels
Designer: Naomi Dawson
Composer: James Grant
Lighting Designer: Fred Beaufort
Stage Manager: Jennifer Hunter
Dramaturg: Chris Elwell


Look to the Sky opens at Half Moon on Wednesday 5 October and runs until 10 October before going on tour