There have been some big-name shows on our books this month. Our independent young theatregoers’ clubs, TheatreLive4£5 and WestEnd4£10, had the opportunity to see the ever-popular and award-winning musical Wicked at the start of May, while our TheatreOpeners programme for mainstream school pupils will take 300 students to hot ticket Doctor Faustus starring Game of Thrones alumnus Kit Harington at the end of the month. No spoilers at the stage door, please!

In Woodford Green, Croydon and Greenwich, our four Stageseen Scripted schools have taken their trips to local productions of James and the Giant Peach and Gangsta Granny, and are hard at work pulling together their own stories. Visual aids and roleplay are essential to help hearing-impaired students get their ideas on the record– our practitioners have used props and puppets this month to help them revisit their experiences in the theatre and let those imaginations loose.

Our much-loved Primary Literacy project Mysterysolved also got underway in May- teachers attended an INSET day hosted at Mousetrap HQ in the heart of the West End on May 17th. Led by author Miriam Halahmy, teachers went back to school with discussions and activities of their own, learning how to deliver in-depth lessons on creating your own plot, characters, witty dialogue and gripping action. Workshops began in classrooms on the 23rd, with each school receiving their first visit from the writers who will help them produce exciting mystery tales over the next few weeks. To be continued..!