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Secondary School Projects

playXray

(c) Helen Murray

Led by theatre professionals, PlayXray is designed to prepare your GCSE students with the knowledge they need to excel in their Live Theatre Production Review exam. 

Designed specifically to meet the needs of the GCSE drama curriculum, our playXray project includes a trip to the theatre, a full-day workshop and access to a suite of learning resources that cover all key aspects of the exam.  

PlayXray projects meet the following curriculum areas:

  • AQA - Understanding Drama: Live Theatre Production
  • Edexcel - Theatre Makers in Practice: Live Theatre Evaluation
  • OCR - Performance & Response: Live Theatre Performance
  • WJEC - Interpreting Theatre: Live Theatre Review

“A fantastic opportunity for the students to really understand and explore the play from the point of view of the actor, the director and the designer - perfect for the new specifications”

Burntwood School (2018/19 Participants)

Each PlayXray project includes:

  • A visit to see Mischief Theatre’s Olivier Award-winning show The Play That Goes Wrong
  • An intensive all day workshop with members of The Play That Goes Wrong team, focused on acting, design, lighting, sound and direction
  • A student resource pack 
  • Access to an exclusive suite of video resources re-examining scenes from the play and covering design, acting and direction with actors & creatives

“The resources are invaluable and will go a long way to help students achieve in their Live Theatre exam.”

St Edward’s CofE Academy (2018/19 Participants)

Cost: £300 plus £8 per ticket

Availability: PlayXray workshops will take place during November 2019 (specific dates TBC).  To participate in this project you must be available throughout November.  

Applications closed for 2018/19 but please get in touch to register your interest for future applications


Please contact Patrick O’Sullivan, Creative Learning Manager with any queries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

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

 

I. CPD

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.

 

DirectIt

  

"The all round package makes it silly not to participate." Teacher, The Quest Academy


directit - 2 or 3 practical in-school workshops to examine:

  • The role of the director
  • Dramatic choices that can be made
  • Techniques for communicating productively with actors
Workshops are led by experience directors and are tailor-made to suit the needs of the group. Students also attend a matinee or evening performance of a London theatre production. The show is chosen to enhance the learning in the workshops.
 
Available every term
 
Cost: £200 - £250 plus £8 per ticket

For enquiries please contact Patrick O'Sullivan, Creative Learning Manager on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
"An amazing opportunity for my sixth form group to work with such an engaging and exciting director. Students could see all the theories they had learnt being used" Teacher, Burntwood school

SkillUp

  

skillup is a fun and engaging programme that aims to provide KS3 students with hands-on experience of different aspects of theatre production and performance, and inspire them to study it at KS4.  
 
You can customise the programme and choose any four of the following workshops: 
  • Stage Combat
  • Special FX Make-Up 
  • Clowning 
  • Comedy Improv 
  • Contemporary Acting Technique
  • Acting for Camera
It's fully-flexible and can be adapted to suit your needs, the project can also include a theatre visit for up to 25 students.  We can also run the workshops as a full-day event or on separate dates to suit.
 
“We had queues of kids lining up the corridors to try and get into the workshops. The practitioners were excellent and this project has led to the biggest sign up for GCSE Drama in years at this school”
Alec Reed Academy (2018/19 Participant)
 
 
Cost: £300 for 4 x 2hr workshops, plus an additional £8 per theatre ticket
 
Available in the Spring term for 2019
 
Application closed for 2018/19 but do get in touch to register your interest for future applications
 

Please contact Patrick O'Sullivan, Creative Learning Manager with any enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

“I loved the different skills we learnt and how experienced and nice the workshop leaders were”

Previous SkillUp participant at Amersham School

 

Playmakers: KS2 Literacy

Playmakers
 

Kicking off this year's script-in-hand performances at last year's Playmakers showcase at St Martin's Lane Theatre. 
Photo by Alex Rumford.  


Playmakers is an inclusive playwriting project for year 6 pupils (post SATS), which uses a theatre trip and special resources a stimulus for in-school workshops with actor/facilitators in role. 

Over the course of half the summer term, children work with specialist facilitators to create their very own class play. The project can be tailored to support existing PSHE or literacy targets.    

The programme includes:

  • CPD day for teachers
  • Theatre tickets for students to see The Mousetrap at £8 each
  • Three interactive in-school writing workshops with actors in role
  • Resources to encourage a collaborative approach to playwriting
  • A trip to St Martin's Theatre in the West End to see the class play performed by professional actors
  • Celebratory awards ceremony, when all participants receive certificates and prizes

Objectives: 

  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

Project Costs: 

  • £350 per class (for 1 CPD place and 3 in-school visits from a writing practitioner/actor in role)
  • £8 per theatre ticket (Up to 30 pupil tickets & 3 teachers) 

If you would like to take more:

  • £15 per theatre ticket (Extra Class - Up to 30 pupil tickets & 3 teachers)
  • £30 for an additional teacher or teaching assistant to attend the CPD
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Detailed Project Information

Playmakers is an immersive theatre project where the children set out to help Christie Von Agatha, a top theatre manager! She is in a bit of a pickle as she hasn’t got any new plays for her West End Theatre! And what is a theatre without any plays?

Has your class got what it takes to be London’s next top playwrights? Would they like their very own play staged in a West End theatre? Well, what are you waiting for...Apply Now!! Oh, and one more thing…don’t tell a soul…#keepthesecret!

 

APPLY NOW

Deadline for Applications: Friday 15th March 2019

To find out more please contact our Creative Learning Manager Patrick O' Sullivan:

Tel: 020 7632 4119 
Email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Every pupil who participates in Playmakers gets to see their play performed on a West End stage. We we thrilled to have legendary writer and theatre-maker David Wood join us at the showcase at St Martin's Lane Theatre, to present our budding young playwrights with their prizes. 

Photo by Alex Rumford

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