Here 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.
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.
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, and, this month, The Mousetrap Pantomime Parade.
Star in a Christmas Day Film
This month it is your chance to star in a Christmas Day film with their Panto Parade
Wipe away your tiers with a brand-new challenge
Following their success of #EveryHomeATheatre, they’re back to brighten up your life and wipe away your tiers with a brand-new challenge – Mousetrap’s Pantomime Parade! Check out this video explainer.
We know that so many of you will miss out on going to the pantomime this year, so we hope you’ll enjoy the chance to get dressed up and star in our merry montage instead! This is the perfect excuse for you to show off your silly side and have some creative fun with your family/lockdown buddies!
You can also sign up to more festive fun with their Advent Calendar – it is never too late!
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.
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
The Mousetrap Awards 2020: we hosted our annual theatre awards online for the first time ever. The Mousetrap Awards are the only theatre awards run and voted for by young people – our Youth Forum chooses the nominees and helps to plan the ceremony, and winners are chosen by 15-29 year old voters. Over 900 people have watched the ceremony online.
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.