What we do
We run 17 varied programmes for schools, young people, teachers, youth groups and families. All of them include a theatre trip to a top London production and are summarised on the Programme Overview page, or use the main tabs relevant to you to read full details. Please note that we are not able to arrange theatre visits outside of our programmes.
Our programmes fall into 4 core areas of endeavour:
Opening Doors to young people who have never been to the theatre before, specifically those with limited resources, support or a disability
Audience Development, helping young people make the leap to attending theatre on their own and with friends and make theatre an ongoing, inspiring part of their lives
Creative Learning, using theatre as a resource in and out of the classroom to enhance the curriculum, invigorate learning, teach new skills and aid personal development
Creating Links, developing training and skills-share events for teachers, theatre practitioners, youth leaders and young people and lead cooperative educational initiatives with theatres across London
The Difference We Make
Opening the door to London’s outstanding theatre
Many schools, young people and families find the high cost of London theatre tickets completely prohibitive. All our programmes include a theatre visit and we ask for just £5-£10 per ticket.
“We simply wouldn’t have been able to take a group to see the play without the support of Mousetrap Theatre Projects.” Teacher, North London State School
Changing attitudes to theatre-going
A lack of knowledge about what theatregoing involves and the sense that it’s ‘not for us’ can be just as off-putting as high ticket prices. We remove these pre-conceptions and demonstrate that theatre is for everyone.
“For many it was their first trip to the theatre… and seeing [it] meant they didn’t think theatre was for ‘posh’ people as much as before.” Youth Engagement Worker, Into University
Transforming young people’s personal skills
We use drama to increase confidence, self-esteem and cultivate personal skills such as team-work and communication, to help young people reach their potential.
“It built confidence and self esteem in young people who have very little belief in their abilities. They felt they had achieved something.” Youth Leader, Waltham Forest
Bringing classroom learning to life
We give students direct access to professionals working in theatre who share their skills and motivate the students with their real life experience. We develop our education programmes in close consultation with teachers, making sure we always fill a real gap in provision.
“I feel inspired and reinvigorated by the electric atmosphere (the practitioner) produced. The girls will remember the work she did with them for a long time to come.” Teacher, Rowan High School, Merton
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