January was a busy and joyful month for us here at Mousetrap!

Things got off to a spectacular start with our Relaxed Performance of Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! at Sadler’s Wells. After a lot of uncertainty due to COVID, we are thrilled that the event went ahead and enabled 264 young people with additional needs to enjoy an afternoon of captivating world-class dance with their families. Many hadn’t been to the theatre since before the pandemic, which made this – our 11th Relaxed Performance – even more special.  

As well as hosting a (nut)cracking Relaxed Performance, in January we also:

  • Kicked off a 15-week project with YMCA Crouch End, offering young residents at the hostel the opportunity to take part in fun weekly Drama and Storytelling workshops, led by our expert Creative Practitioner.  Started a 3 month project with Caxton Youth Organisation, delivering weekly online Drama workshop for neurodiverse young people.
  • Launched a new 12-week after school club at Britannia Village Primary School in Newham, where year 6 pupils will work with Artists to develop their own retelling of mystical tales.
  • Continued to deliver our Skill Up programme, giving Key Stage 3 students at 10 North West London schools a taste of different Theatre skills, from Special Effects Make-up to Stage Combat.
  • Delivered another successful PlayXray project, which brought 226 GCSE students form 9 London schools together to see The Play That Goes Wrong, and take part in a Q&A with the cast and Director after the show. 10 teachers then participated in an expert-led CPD day, which armed them with the tools and knowledge they need to deliver workshops for their students. 

Clowning around!

Some of the teachers who participated in our PlayXray CPD workshop last Friday, with activities led by professionals behind The Play That Goes Wrong. They explored Clowning, Acting, Directing and more!

Back to the theatre!

All of our projects include a trip to the theatre for participants, and there’s always a member of Mousetrap staff (or two!) to meet and greet groups as they arrive.  Trips so far include Back to the Future and Life of Pi.


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