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Mysterysolved Overview

Project Dates:  Summer Term 2018  

Friday 25th May - INSET day                                               

Thursday 7th June - School theatre visit to The Mousetrap at the St Martin's Theatre

Throughout June  - In-school writing workshops

Late June - Submission deadline of class play (12 mins max) 

Wednesday 11th July - Play readings & celebration event at the St. Martin's Theatre

Project Cost:

  • £350 per class (for 1 INSET place & 3 in-school visits from a writing practitioner/actor in role)
  • £8 per theatre ticket
  • £30 for an additional teacher or teaching assistant to attend the INSET

Project Aims:

  1. Improve children’s literacy by using the mystery genre to spark imagination and inspire storytelling
  2. Help enliven teaching by using a stage performance and fun and exciting teaching tools to bring writing to life
  3. Enthuse children in a magical world of make believe through engagement with actors in role
  4. Give children from across London the opportunity to visit London’s West End



The project begins with a full-day CPD for teachers:

  • A top children’s playwright will deconstruct the elements of play writing and offer practical classroom exercises and activities
  • Teachers are introduced to the project, access the resources and meet their designated actor/writing facilitator
  • Teachers receive a comprehensive educational resource pack

[CPD takes place at Mousetrap Theatre Projects, 33 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EH]


II. A Request from a Theatre Manager - Short Film

  • Children watch a short comedy film where they are introduced to the chaotic world of Christie Von Agatha, a West End Theatre Manager
  • The children are offered to take part in the challenge and to write their very own class theatre script based on a ‘Mystery’ theme

III. The Mystery Theatre Visit

  • Christie Von Agatha writes to the class and invites the children on a ‘mystery’ trip to London
  • On arrival, the pupils receive another letter informing them that they are about to watch The Mousetrap
  • At the interval, pupils will be asked to guess ‘whodunnit?’
  • Pupils participate in a post-show discussion with members of the cast or creative team
  • Pupils who guessed the killer correctly will have their names read out

"They loved this element. For some it was their first visit to a theatre and they all loved the experience!" - Teacher 2016

IV. The Mystery Package

  • Children receive a mystery package which features props from The Mousetrap and other unusual objects
  • Teachers then lead the children through a series of workshops exploring the package, deciding on their mystery location/theme (supported by the INSET and the resource pack)

V. The Mystery Visitor (In-School Writing Project)

  • Pupils are greeted with knock on the classroom door from an unusual mystery guest. This guest works for Christie Von Agatha and has arrived to help the children write their class play.
  • Three interactive workshops with actor/writing facilitators in role
  • Teachers are encouraged to run their own in-school writing workshops (supported by a resource pack)
  • Pupils will be encouraged to read other mystery stories and plays
  • The class work in small groups and collectively write their class mystery play, creating one scene per group (two characters & 12 mins max)

VI. Play Reading & Celebration Ceremony

  • Teachers submit the class play to Mousetrap Theatre Projects
  • Schools are invited back to St. Martin’s Theatre to see their plays being read/acted out by professional actors on the set of The Mousetrap. Families will also be invited.
  • All new playwrights are awarded with certificates and prizes

“Every child was inspired and got them interested in the mystery genre"- Teacher 2016


To discuss, call Patrick - Creative Learning Manager on 020 7632 4119 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Contact Us

Mousetrap Theatre Projects
33 Shaftesbury Avenue,

Visitors: Entrance is on Rupert Street

t: 020 7632 4111
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Registered charity number 1053434