Mousetrap Theatre Projects

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Programme Overview

Opening Doors

Providing young people, specifically those with limited resources, support or a disability, the opportunity to attend London theatre, often as a first-time experience:

Brings 4,000 students a year from London state secondary schools to see London’s top theatre productions, prioritising schools with a higher percentage of students on Free School Meals. Pre-show ‘Insight’ sessions with the cast or creative team enhance the experience still further.

We open the door to West End theatre for students with special needs, with best seats at top productions, teacher resource packs and in-school drama workshops. 

Making London’s outstanding theatre accessible to low-income families, with £6 tickets and extra support and information to help them get over any apprehensions.

We take over an entire performance of a West End show and fill it with families with children with special needs. Theatre etiquette does not apply and various modifications are made to lighting and sound to accommodate children with sensory issues.

Youth groups see a top West End show accompanied by tailor-made drama workshops addressing themes relevant to each group e.g. bullying, life choices, and/or building skills such as communication, team work, self-confidence and self-esteem.

A full day at a West End theatre for visually impaired young people including a pre-show workshop, touch-tour of the set and costumes and bespoke audio-description for the matinee performance.

Follows the same format as Envision but it is tailored for young people who are deaf and hard of hearing, offering both captioned and sign language interpreted performances.

 

Inspiring Theatregoing

To encourage a legacy of theatregoing among young audiences by reducing barriers and enhancing their knowledge and understanding of theatre:

Theatregoing club for teenagers aged 15-18 in state secondary education, to encourage independent theatregoing, without parents, youth leaders or teachers. 

Theatregoing club for 19 -23 year olds, aimed at students at drama schools, FE colleges and universities, offering £10 tickets to shows with ‘behind the scenes’ events.

Independent theatregoing club for deaf young people aged 16-25 years, with trips to captioned performances and sign language interpreted post show talks. 

 

Creative Learning

Enabling young people to engage actively with their theatre experience and to use theatre as an educational resource to invigorate learning and develop academic, social and personal skills: 

Develops A-Level students’ critical thinking and writing skills by teaching them how to review a drama or musical/opera production.

Provides GCSE Performing Arts and Business Studies students with an insider’s view of the ‘business’ of theatre, teaching them about producing, marketing and budgeting. 

Experienced director and theatre practitioners teach students about the role of a theatre director, about making dramatic choices and communicating effectively with actors. 

Individually tailored performance skills projects to meet needs decided by the teacher e.g. mime, physical theatre, vocal work.  

Bespoke projects for Key Stage 3, focussing on one particular performance skill that is outside the teacher’s own expertise and is particularly active and engaging for the students.

Teaches GCSE students to compose a song-cycle or mini-musical by understanding the role of songs in musical theatre. Taught by young/emerging professional composers and lyricists.

A series of drama-based workshops for students in Pupil Referral Units, to improve engagement levels, behaviour, emotional literacy and self-confidence.

A theatre visit and series of bespoke drama workshops for special schools, exploring a theme and skills of the teacher's choice, such as self-expression, communication, empathy.   

An extension of  stagexchangea 6-week programme of workshops for youth groups, using drama techniques to help NEET young people discover potential career paths and develop employability skills. 

Playwriting project for Year 6 deaf and hard of hearing students to boost confidence, encourage creative expression and improve literacy skills. 

Contact Us

Mousetrap Theatre Projects
33 Shaftesbury Avenue,
LONDON
W1D 7EH

Visitors: Entrance is on Rupert Street

t: 020 7632 4111
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Registered charity number 1053434

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