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Secondary School Projects

Teacher Training CPD

With Mike Shepherd, Founder & Artistic Director of Kneehigh

Friday 28th June: 10-4pm


We’ve teamed up with Mike Shepherd, Founder of world-renowned theatre company Kneehigh, to bring you an un-missable 1 day CPD workshop exploring theatre-making exercises and techniques.

Over the course of the day, you’ll explore developing ideas and narrative structure and get an exclusive, in-depth insight into Kneehigh’s creative process.  There’ll be plenty of opportunities to ask Mike questions throughout the workshop: so this a fantastic chance to meet and learn from a master!

By the end of the session, you’ll be equipped with lots of practical exercises and ideas that you can use in own rehearsal rooms, as your prepare drama students for both GCSE and A-Level practical exams.

Cost: £100 (inc. lunch)

Date: Friday 28th June, 10am – 4pm

Location: Mousetrap Theatre Projects Studio, 33 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7EH

Spaces limited and allocated on a first-come first-serve basis

Applications Now Closed

NB: This workshop is open to Drama Teachers working in mainstream Secondary School and FE only.


Mousetrap Ambassadors Challenge

Students standing outside Lion King, holding tickets

The Mousetrap Ambassadors Challenge promotes theatre attendance, encourages student involvement, and develops arts leaders through a series of challenges relating to Mousetrap Theatre Projects’ theatrelive4£5 programme.

This extracurricular programme is entirely student led, with guidance from Mousetrap Theatre Projects Staff, in order to support independent theatregoing.

Applications are currently CLOSED for the 18-19 school year. Applications for the 19-20 school year will open in the Summer Term.

Information for teachers: 18-19 Information and Timeline

Programme Goals:

  • Increase meaningful sign-ups for theatrelive4£5
  • Engage students with Mousetrap’s programmes to increase theatre access
  • Provide leadership opportunities for interested young people

Why be a Mousetrap Ambassador?

  • Leadership Opportunities and Employability Skills
    • Gain public speaking and presentation experience
    • Marketing training and hands-on practice with professionals
    • Develop your leadership skills
    • Add valuable experience and skills to your CV 
  • Personal Opportunities
    • Two free trips to the theatre
    • Networking with other Ambassadors

Plus, every Ambassador will receive a t-shirt, badge and other Mousetrap goodies! 

Who should apply to be a Mousetrap Ambassador?

  • Students aged 15-18
  • Passionate about theatre
  • Interested in growing as leaders

What does a Mousetrap Ambassador do?

  • Completes four challenges over the course of a school year, promoting theatrelive4£5.  Read more about the challenges here 
  • Attends a marketing training meeting in the autumn term and an evaluation/celebration event in the summer term
  • Attends two free theatre trips with Mousetrap

What is theatrelive4£5?

  • An independent theatregoing scheme for state school secondary students aged 15-18, offering £5 ticket deals to top London shows
  • We arrange at least one group outing per month and get lots of extra special offers from other theatres, which we send out in our fortnightly emails
  • Where possible, on our group outings, we arrange a post-show Q&A with the cast and creative team - exclusively for TheatreLive4£5 members! 




Education Programmes

Our subsidised education programmes are designed to meet the curriculum needs of each school. The projects can be bespoke and tailored to each school setting and the particular needs of the teacher and students.  Dynamic and experienced directors, composers, actors, storytellers, designers and producers share their skills and expertise with young people, both in and out of the classroom, demonstrating a broad range of methodologies.

With dozens of plays and musicals across London to choose from, at just £8 a ticket, teachers can be part of a process exploring all aspects of theatre-making, using theatre productions as a creative resource.

Programmes for 2019/20

playXray ActOut SkillUp

Exploration Workshops supporting the Live Theatre Review Exam
(KS 4)

Autumn 2019 

Acting With Text & Acting in Devised Performance Workshops
(KS 4 & 5)

Autumn 2019

Fun Workshops to Encourage Performing Arts Choices
(KS 3)

Spring 2020


Independent Marketing and Leadership Experience

(KS 4 & 5)

Autumn 2019 - Summer 2020


To book for any of our education programmes please contact Patrick O'Sullivan, Creative Learning Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


PowerPlay is a theatre-inspired education programme for students in Pupil Referral Units and Hospital Schools, using the theatre production as a teaching resource.

PowerPlay can address any theme of the teacher’s choice, including any specific social issues relevant to the group, study specific drama skills and work on soft-skills such as non-verbal communication, imagination, confidence or working in a team. The emphasis of most projects is on building trust, positive working relationships and social cohesion. 

We take the lead from the teachers who identify the needs of their group and guide the aims of the project and themes to be explored. They then work in close collaboration with two theatre artists experienced in meeting the needs of challenging young people, to deliver a series of classroom-based practical workshops.  Each programme is tailor-made and highly flexible.

The workshop programme can run for an intensive period over 1-2 weeks or across a term with weekly sessions.

Students worked well together in a number of role-play activities.  This led to students discussing their feelings and emotions, which successfully developed their vocabulary as they started to write their own poetry.  This was a lively and unusual lesson that successfully encouraged the students to express themselves and to widen their vocabulary.  All participated well and enjoyed the challenges presented. 

Ofsted report, April 2012

Project Overview:

  • Pre-planning meeting between Mousetrap Theatre Projects and the teacher, to identify the needs of a particular group of students and to consider possible productions.
  • Mousetrap’s project manager then identifies a suitable practitioner; teacher and practitioners meet to discuss specific objectives and possible outcomes and to develop a time-line of activities.  The workshop programme can be highly flexible, both in terms of theme and structure. 
  • Workshops begin (These can be over an itensive period of 1-2 weeks, or be weekly sessions built in to the lesson schedule)
  • At an appropriate time during the workshop programme the group attend the chosen production.
  • At the conclusion of the project, the pupils might make a short presentation of their work, which could be recorded by photographs or a video.  Each pupil will receive a certificate to celebrate their achievement.
  • Cost: £500 plus £8 per theatre ticket


Statistics from lead Occupational Therapist from Spring Term project 2013

What percentage of students would you say gained improved confidence in:

  • Working as part of a group - 80%-100%
  • Sharing ideas with a group - 60%-80%         
  • Expressing themselves physically - 80%-100%
  • Going to central London - 80%-100%
  • Trying new things - 60%-80%         
  • Drama skills - 80%-100%

The main achievments as stated by a teacher from the programme in Spring Term 2012:

  • Students who had NEVER engaged with performance before did so.
  • Students who have been disengaged with school produced their first examples of written work, supporting literacy.
  • Students were able to express emotion and feelings through their written work.
  • Students had their first opportunity to attend a theatre production.
  • Students performed their work to peers and adults publically, for the first time.
  • The programme was referenced by OFSTED, who observed a lesson as part of a KS4 inspection.
  • Staff, Headteacher and Executive Head expressed real surprise at the quality and depth of the work produced.
  • Pupil attendence was impressive (with 2 students attending all 12 sessions)

For more information please contact our Youth Engagement Manager Gemma Bell:

Tel: 020 7632 4122 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


“The practitioners brought a freshness to our unit.  They were positive and vibrant in all activities and our pupils responded to this exciting energy… never feeling vulnerable or exposed.
Teacher, West Essex PRU
“She has never enjoyed school, but from her first day of PowerPlay it has changed her whole school experience”



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