Moustrap Theatre Projects – Our 2021 Christmas Charity

Theatre Breaks Supporting Mousetrap Theatre Projects

donate-moustrap-theatre-projects-theatre-breaksHere at Theatre Breaks, we’ve always known about the positive effect that the theatre has on the young, organising theatre events and trips for thousands of students each year for 40 years.

 theatre is life changing - Mousetrap Theatre Project

Mousetrap Theatre’s Relaxed Performance of Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre

But for some, the theatre is much more than just a jolly night out – it’s a life changer!

Mousetrap Theatre Projects is a theatre education charity dedicated to enriching the lives of young people.

Mousetrap Theatre Projects

Moustetrap Theatre Projects runs a range of subsidised theatregoing programmes and Creative Learning projects (see below) which help to make London’s incredible theatre scene accessible to young people, low-income families, mainstream and SEND state schools, and those with additional needs.

This year Has Been Different!

Since COVID they’ve been bringing theatre out to children across the country with initiatives like #EveryHomeATheatre.

Donate Dramatically!

None of us have been spending much on theatre this year – so why not donate the cost of your last theatre trip to help us improve young lives.


Past 6 months

Mousetrap Theatre Project

Since COVID hit, they haven’t been able to run any of their usual subsidised theatre trips for families and young people, so they’ve been finding new ways to connect with audiences and deliver their work. Here are just some of them:

  • Every Home a Theatre: weekly theatre-based challenges for young people to do with their families (e.g. musical theatre singing, puppetry, dance, etc)
  • Mousetrap Monologue Slam & Mousetrap Musical Medley: monologue performance and musical theatre singing competitions for young performers, judged by Eddie Redmayne and Rachel Tucker respectively.
  • Story Busters: online drama workshops for deaf and hard of hearing children, in partnership with the leading deaf theatre company, Handprint Theatre.
  • Young Carers performance & poetry workshops: in August, and then again in October, we ran online performance / poetry workshops for 4 London young carer groups
  • Playmakers: Playmakers is one of our regular projects, but this year we have had to run it online for the first time. Children from 3 mainstream primary schools and 3 special schools are writing their very own (completely bananas) Christmas-themed plays, which will be streamed to their classrooms in a filmed performance in the Duchess Theatre, featuring actors from the Mischief Theatre Company
  • Change Makers: we are hosting a series of online Zoom Q&As with ‘change makers’ in the theatre industry i.e. leaders who have made a difference to our industry. Our first talk for Black History Month was with Kwame Kwei-Armah of the Young Vic and Yamin Choudury and Hackney Empire, and our second talk was with Phyllida Lloyd and Tali Pelman.

Next 6 months

Looking forward they are hoping to resume face-to-face workshops with schools and youth groups from January. They hope to go ahead with their Family First Nights and Go Live theatregoing programmes in the summer. They are running 2 Change Your Tune musical writing projects in primary schools (similar to Playmakers, but the pupils write and perform their own mini musicals) and another young carers project in February half-term.

They will also run their annual Youth Leadership in the Arts Conference online for the first time in February.

Please help The Mousetrap Theatre Projects this year.