Mousetrap Theatre Projects

Theatre Trips for Schools and Families

Each year we bring 6,000 students from state secondary mainstream and special schools to see outstanding theatre for just £8 per ticket, supported by education resources, talks & workshops. We also buy out a top London show and provide discounted tickets to families with children with special needs.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1053434)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£20,000

Amount raised

£41,075

Donations

45

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Situation

For many families, arranging a trip to the theatre together is very difficult due to extremely expensive ticket prices. Schools have the opportunity to fill this cultural gap but squeezed budgets and curriculum pressures (e.g. the EBacc exclusion of creative subjects) mean they also struggle to provide this enriching experience. Families with children with special needs may also worry about how their child will behave in the theatre and feel unable to attend for fear of causing disruption.

Solution

We provide top quality cultural outings at an affordable price. At only £8 per ticket, we charge far less than most theatres’ school group rates. We offer musicals, classic plays and contemporary drama, giving teachers access to a huge range of theatre, so they can choose something most suitable for their students' needs. We also buy out an entire London show and dispense with theatre etiquette and adapt sound & lighting to provide an accessible performance for young people with special needs.

  • The whole experience was rich in education. This contributed to their study of Drama, along with developing their ability to evaluate a performance. In addition it was an opportunity to educate the students culturally.

    — Teacher, Copthall School

  • Theatre trips are a first for the majority that I escort, which is essential to widening their cultural value and how they see society.

    — Teacher, Harris Academy, Purley

  • We chose pupil premium students so for most it was the first time at the theatre‚Ķit was a completely mind blowing experience ‚Äì they did not know what the inside of a theatre looked like, they have such a culturally disadvantaged background that this alone was an important educational experience.

    — Teacher, Burntwood School

  • The whole experience was rich in education. This contributed to their study of Drama, along with developing their ability to evaluate a performance. In addition it was an opportunity to educate the students culturally.

    — Teacher, Copthall School

  • Theatre trips are a first for the majority that I escort, which is essential to widening their cultural value and how they see society.

    — Teacher, Harris Academy, Purley

  • We chose pupil premium students so for most it was the first time at the theatre…it was a completely mind blowing experience – they did not know what the inside of a theatre looked like, they have such a culturally disadvantaged background that this alone was an important educational experience.

    — Teacher, Burntwood School