Mousetrap Theatre Projects

Giving Young People the Gift of Theatre

We use the magic of theatre to enrich the lives of young people who are disadvantaged, disabled, or vulnerable. We offer drama projects and theatre trips, which develop personal and academic skill sets, increase self-esteem, raise aspirations, and broaden horizons.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1053434)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Theatre has the power to transform young lives but many young people can't access it, either as a participant or audience member. High costs and social and cultural barriers make it hard for disadvantaged children to engage with it and those with special needs and disabilities may need additional support to be able to. Schools are finding it increasingly hard to plug the gap due to budget cuts and curriculum pressures; this is likely to get worse after Covid as schools prioritise core subjects.


We run drama projects and theatre trips for disadvantaged and disabled young people whose social, economic, or physical circumstances normally stop them from reaping the benefits of arts engagement. We use drama and theatre to provide empowering soft-skills and attributes (e.g. creativity, confidence, communication), raise young people’s aspirations, and improve relationships. These are life-changing tools which disadvantaged young people can use to level an uneven playing field for themselves.

  • “These sessions make you feel like you’re not alone. Some days you might be having a bad day, then you come here and it makes you happier.”

    — Workshop participant

  • "One boy with ASD hugged his knees when the opening of the show started and said 'I am so happy... I think it is the happiest I have ever been'."

    — Teacher

  • "Thanks to Mousetrap we are able to provide our students with a rich cultural life. Many of them come from financially impoverished backgrounds where theatre is just not possible and culturally from backgrounds where theatre is not often celebrated."

    — Teacher

  • “It has given my boys a love of theatre and both have grown in confidence, pride and self-esteem, and have developed a love of literature as an extension of this. I cannot thank you and your team enough for all the fun laughter, shared experiences and family memories you have given us.”

    — Parent