We've moved!

This donation page is on the old Big Give website. Please go to theBigGive.org.uk to find current campaigns and opportunities to double your donation.

If you have any queries on the changes, please email us at info@thebiggive.org.uk.

Project information

Mousetrap's 21st Anniversary

In May 2018 Mousetrap Theatre Projects reaches its 21st Anniversary and over the year we will be celebrating this milestone, running a number of special initiatives and events for disadvantaged young people and their families.

October 2017 - October 2018

Charity information: Mousetrap Theatre Projects

Mousetrap Theatre Projects logo
  • Need


    Many children and young people, never get to have the incredible experience that is live theatre. For many families and youth groups, the cost of a London theatre trip is prohibitive, plus there are deep-seated social/cultural barriers, which make them think theatre is not for 'people like us'. School budget cuts, curriculum pressures and the EBACC's exclusion of arts subjects mean performing arts, enhancement activities and trips during school hours are under threat.


    We provide top quality cultural outings at an affordable price, only £5-10 per ticket, far less than most theatres’ group rates. We offer musicals, classic plays and contemporary drama, giving access to a huge range of theatre across London. We provide supporting resources, talks, education projects and drama workshops, designed to support and extend the classroom learning experience, develop skills, raise aspirations, increase confidence and broaden horizons.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Give disadvantaged young people opportunities to engage with London's cultural life.


    » Host theatre-takover events, buying out the performances and filling them with students or low-income families or those with SEN children
    » Year-long partnership with 4 disadvantaged secondary schools in two London boroughs, offering subsidised places on theatre trips and education project

    What success will look like

    We will collate quantitative data on the numbers of young people taking part, their background, previous experience of theatregoing, to show how we are meeting this aim.

    Aim 2

    Use live theatre and drama to give disadvantaged young people opportunities to flourish and develop.


    » Drama projects in alternative education settings e.g. hospital school or pupil referral unit, reaching highly vulnerable or challenging young people.
    » A drama project for special schools, with students creating dramatic pieces, using a live show as a stimulus. In-school workshops and final 'sharing'
    » Primary school Literacy project, using a play as a catalyst for pupils to write stories. In-school workshops, story competition and finale showcase
    » Primary school theatre project, using a play or musical around which to base learning a theatre skill chosen by the teacher e.g. puppetry or design.

    What success will look like

    We will collect qualitative data from young people, teachers, parents, through questionnaires, surveys, vox pops, to discover how participating has impacted the young people.

  • Impact


    Our education projects have a lasting impact, by developing soft skills useful in all areas of life. We know from past participants, that interaction with theatre, whether simply a theatre trip, or an education project, inspires them to study or work in performing arts. A 10-year longitudinal study of our family theatregoing scheme shows that after attending theatre for the first time with us, many young people continue engaging in theatre and are inspired to do other cultural activities.


    The main risk is that theatre producers might not offer us enough tickets or at a price we can afford. We mitigate this by nurturing good relationships with all London's theatre producers, marketing companies and venues.

    The recent terrorist incidents in London could mean schools are unwilling to bring students into the West End. The Society of London Theatre is already mounting a campaign to mitigate this. We also work with theatres in outer London boroughs so have alternatives to offer.


    We keep our donors closely connected to our work by sending reports on the particular projects they support and regular newsletters and emails reporting on the work of the charity as a whole. Where possible, we invite supporters to see the work for themselves.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £95,600

    Loading graph....
      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Theatre takeover All- family or students performance
      £17,600 Partnership School initiative Subsidised theatre tickets and place on an education project x 4 schools
      £10,000 Alternative Education Project Drama workshops and theatre trip in pupil referral unit or other alternative setting
      £10,000 Primary Theatre project Pilot of a new primary school education project- workshops and theatre trip
      £20,000 Special Schools Workshops, theatre trip and end of project performance/sharing
      £18,000 Literacy Project In-school workshops and inter-school showcase
  • Background


    All the families, schools and youth groups will be drawn from across Greater London


    Families on low incomes, families with children with special needs, state school students with a focus on those who are disadvantaged (e.g. on pupil premium), young people being educated in an alternative setting e.g. hospital school, pupil referral unit, students attending special schools - i.e. they have learning disabilities and other special needs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Being independent of any one particular theatre or producer, we are in a unique position to work with theatres across London and the West End. We have superb relationships across the theatre industry enabling us to secure the tickets we need. We have vast amounts of experience, having been working with schools across London for 20 years, we pioneered relaxed performances in the West End from 2012. We have a pool of expert, experienced, theatre practitioners.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jo Pelly

    She runs all special needs-related projects

    Jenny Ball

    She runs all youth group and alternative education setting projects

    Patrick O'Sullivan

    He heads up all in-school creative learning programmes

We all had such an unforgettable evening. It is something that we would never be able to experience as a family. All of us would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts, all three of my children went to sleep with huge smiles on their faces.

Mother, after a relaxed performance