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Hold the Drama delivers immersive shows for children that use high-quality live music to tell stories that explore issues around mental health.

Our shows are non-verbal and trust children’s imaginations to make sense of dramatic, visual, and musical cues. We leave space for the children 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.

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Though these topics are applicable in all stages of life, our performances are aimed at KS1, 2 & 3 children in order to encourage discussion around live music and interpreting the topics and themes that music can convey.

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If you would like to book a show, donate to our cause, or to talk to us some more about what we do, then contact us here

We at Hold the Drama are fundraising to develop our second 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*.

We will create this show during our Spring residency at the prestigious Snape Maltings Arts Centre, working with world-renowned music and mental health professionals, as well as pilot audience groups. This will pave the way for a national tour of the show later on.

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.