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Download our TRAP Information Pack which contains further information regarding: 

- The Production 

- Costs 

- Booking Process

TRAP Information Pack 2023-2024
Proudly funded by Arts Council England, TRAP, is an applied theatre production centred around County Lines and Child Criminal Exploitation. 

After Callum's brother, Jack is sent to prison for intent to supply class A drugs, Callum is forced into dealing and running drugs for the gang Jack used to work for.

 Performance info 

Set up time:

1 Hour

Performance duration:

30 minutes
Post-Show Discussion duration: 

15 minutes


TRAP was written by Perception Theatre. The story was co-developed with young people and parents/carers across both Merseyside and Cheshire. The narrative, themes and issues covered inside of the play was also developed alongside Merseyside Police, Cheshire Police and North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU). 


TRAP delves into the complex nature of Gang Culture, County Lines and Debt Bondage and examines how fear and manipulation can be used to exploit someone. The production also demonstrates how County Lines can tear a family apart. 

A lot of thought and expertise has gone in to the making of this production to ensure it is suitable for its target audience. However, please be mindful that this production is very hard hitting. 


When Callum's mum, Debbie receives a phone call informing her that her eldest son Jack has been sent to prison for intent to supply class A drugs, Debbie tries to keep up appearances and crack on as normal. But when Callum is targeted on his way home from school by one of Jacks ‘mates’, Danny, he is forced into the shoes of his older bother. 


Manipulated, threatened and intimated, Callum finds himself following the orders of Danny and his gang in order to pay of his brothers debt and protect his mum. As the pressures and demands increase working for Danny, Callum decides to tell his mum the truth about what’s been going on. 


Broken and devastated, Debbie attempts to take matters into her own hands by confronting Danny face to face, but for Debbie, her actions only lead her and Callum further into Danny’s 'TRAP'.

 Target audience 

  • Young people (Year 9+)

  • Parents/Carers

  • Police   

  • Teachers

  • Professionaals

 To be delivered in 

  • Secondary Schools 

  • SEN Schools 

  • Pupil Referral Units 

  • Alternative Education Provisions 

  • Colleges 

  • Youth/Community Centres

  • Theatres 

  • Training Sessions

 Trap Aims to 

  • De-glamorise county lines and gang culture.

  • Educate audience members on key terminology used by county lines gangs.

  • Highlight the reality of a young persons role within a county lines gang. 

  • Show how violence and sexual violence is used as a tactic by county lines gangs to control vulnerable people.

  • Make audience members aware of how drugs are trafficked within county lines. 

  • Demonstrate how a young person (and their family) can become involved in county lines.

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