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Hot Orange

Mon 20 Nov 2023


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Suitable for 13+ | Running time: 60 minutes (plus 20 mins post-show Q&A) | See below for content warning


£12* (£10)* | £5* Students/Under 25s



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Hot Orange

Half Moon Theatre

Beautifully crafted by the fresh poet-theatre voices Tatenda Naomi Matsvai and Amal Khalidi, this production will again be presented in Half Moon Theatre’s multi award-winning immersive theatrical style. This is the 4th year in the row that Half Moon has won an Off West End Award, most recently with last year’s Daytime Deewane.

The piece is aimed at 13+ with great cross-over for adult audiences: Hot Orange is both playful and heartfelt as it navigates love and friendships when in a same-sex relationship. Hot Orange is told through the eyes of two 18-year-olds who encounter prejudice from the very communities and closest family members they thought they could trust.

It’s summer. It’s hot. Like really hot. Like ice pop after melting ice pops hot. Like orange midday sun hot.

Across the divide of a scorched basketball court two girls meet, shoot hoops and discover their shared obsessions make them inseparable friends. But will faith, growing pains and the darker reactions of others get in the way of that long, hot, orange summer?

A decade later the past walks back into view when 18-year-old Amina is confronted by her childhood best friend Tandeki. Can they reignite the spark of friendship by untangling their hurt feelings, or are some heartbreaks just too hard to mend?

Hot Orange follows Amina and Tandeki as they navigate what it takes to sustain love and friendship beyond childhood idealism and the moment you fall in love.

Hot Orange, by Amal Khalidi and Tatenda Naomi Matsvai, is the latest production from Half Moon, the UK’s leading small-scale young people’s venue and touring company. It will be presented in their multi-award winning immersive theatrical style, exquisitely framed within an evocative soundscape.

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Suitable for ages 13+ and adult audiences.

Content warning: Hot Orange includes references to attitudes and language choices expressing negative opinions about same-sex relationships.

“Impressive writing debut for young audiences… The title captures the poetic glow of their hourlong two-hander..” ★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

“I left the theatre grinning, exhilarated by superb performances, intricate and vibrant writing, and energised by the buoyant, pulsating beat. But I was also delighted at the sight of so many joyful teenagers who had just quietly been educated about a little bit of brown-skinned rebellion. Tell me again how theatre for children is the easy stuff!”  EVERYTHING THEATRE (ON DAYTME DEEWANE, 2022)


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