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Immersive, live music shows that tell stories to explore mental health.

Immersive, live music shows that tell stories to explore mental health.

For schools

Aimed at KS1, 2 & 3 children in order to encourage discussion of topics that our music brings up for them.

For care homes

The topics we explore are applicable in all stages of life.

For theatres

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What we do

Our non-verbal shows empower the imagination to make sense of dramatic, visual, and musical cues. We leave space for the audience to discuss and articulate the plot in their own words—in the Q&A after the show, they tell us what they saw and recognised from their own experience, always finding new angles and perspectives.


We’ve performed to more than 2000 children from over 20 schools. This is what audience members (of all ages!) have to say:

“It was so refreshing to see a performance for primary school children that treated them as intelligent, emotional beings who are capable of having their own responses to music.”

Julian West, Head of Open Academy at the Royal Academy of Music

“At a time when the emotional wellbeing of children and development of resilience couldn’t be more pressing, every primary school in the UK would be wise to include ‘Stripes’ as an essential part of their mental health programme.”

Louise Keller, UKCP & BACP Registered Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist

“I learnt that you don’t have to be all the same because that would be boring instead we should all be different.“

“I enjoyed when everyone found out what they liked because they were free.”

Charlie & Sophie, aged 8

Support us

We at Hold the Drama are fundraising to develop our next show, exploring themes of mental health through music.

This show will look at feelings of isolation, exclusion and anxiety, and how to combat them, and will be created for and with people living with various types of dementias, and children in Pupil Referral Units*.

With your support, we can bring our pioneering work to even more people across the UK, helping vulnerable children and adults process the world through music.

*PRUs are a type of school that caters for children who aren’t able to attend a mainstream school, such as those with behavioural problems, who have experienced extreme bullying, or who are pregnant.