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Playmakers: KS2 Literacy


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


  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!



Deadline for 2019/20 Applications: Friday 21st June 2019

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

Tel: 020 7632 4119 
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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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Mousetrap Theatre Projects
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