Youth Forum

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Mousetrap’s Youth Forum is a group of talented young people aged 15-23 who are passionate about supporting our work and developing a career in the Arts.

Members meet once a month at the Mousetrap office, to give us valuable feedback and ideas to help shape the future of our work, to ensure that it remains relevant, engaging and beneficial to young people.

Our Youth Forum also:

  • Runs its own projects, including organising our annual Mousetrap Awards: the only theatre awards run for and by young people. 

  • Assists at our events and workshops, including handing out theatre tickets on our Go Live ‘club nights’!

  • Participates in leadership training, fundraising events and volunteers at other major events including Theatre Craft, enabling them to play an active part in the London theatre community and gain valuable contacts for the future!

In return for all their hard work and efforts, members get to see a lot of theatre and gain valuable experience of working in the Arts - not to mention have lots of fun together!

Who can join

The Youth Forum is currently over-subscribed but there are lots of other ways you can get involved, such as:

  • Join our the pool of contributors on our Youth Media team! Write a review or article for our website, help us with social media, take photos at one of our events… there are loads of ways to get involved and build experience for your CV!

  • Apply to volunteer or join us on Work Experience


Meet the members

 
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Mousetrap’s work is extremely inclusive and represents all young people from any background, which is something I’m very proud to be a part of.
— Zeynep Gunaydin, Youth Forum member
 

Zeynep Gunaydin

Currently I am: In my 3rd year Studying Drama Applied Theatre and Education

How I came to join the Youth Forum: I was first part of the audience development schemes, I attended a WestEnd4£10 show with a Q&A run by youth forum members. I was instantly inspired by their confidence and enthusiasm to host and share this opportunity with the audience of young people. I felt like the shows and events Mousetrap were offering were reflective of the work I wanted to get involved in and pursue in the future. Their work is extremely inclusive and represents all young people from any background, which is something I’m very proud to be a part of.

What I get out of being a member: Being a youth forum member has given me the time to realise the importance of a young person’s voice in society, the confidence to speak out and be heard and to know that our voices do matter. It has allowed me to engage in conversations about the arts and meet many friends from all backgrounds but who share the same love for theatre. In addition, has given me an insight into creating arts events, media and furthered my creative skills to help mould my future aspirations.

My highlights so far: My highlights so far have been engaging with so many like-minded young people at the Youth Leadership in the Arts Conference, hosting post show Q&As and getting involved with Family First Nights and Summer Stage.

My favourite show of ALL TIME: Come From Away

In 5 years time I hope to be: Using theatre to challenge social barriers and spark creativity among communities and young people.

 
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Conor Quinn

Currently I am: about to start a Foundation Diploma in Acting at LAMDA.

How I came to join the Youth Forum: I was in my school musical, Sweeney Todd, and Emi Staniaszek, who played Mrs Lovett, told me about Mousetrap and suggested to me that I should join the Youth Forum.

What I get out of being a member: I get to have meetings with the wonderful youth forum every month and we get to decide the show(s) and who will be volunteering that month. I really enjoy the volunteering aspect of the role as I get to see the excitement on the faces of young people who without Mousetrap may not ever be able to see a West End show.

My highlights so far: The Mousetrap Awards was a fantastic experience as we worked as a team to create an event for the stars of the show’s which we had seen the previous year. It was one of the best days of my life and will always remember presenting Layton Williams with his award for Angel in Rent.

I have also really enjoyed the relaxed performances I have volunteered at, particularly Motown The Musical and The Lorax, as they were very rewarding days. Being able to open the doors to the theatres which seem daunting to many was a really exciting feeling and we all felt inspired because of these experiences.

My favourite show of ALL TIME: West Side Story

In 5 years time I hope to be: An actor!

 
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Ben Cook

Currently I am: Stage Manager

How I came to join the Youth Forum: Through volunteering at the Mousetrap Awards

What I get out of being a member: Getting involved in discussions and getting to express my opinions about Mousetrap's programmes.

My highlights so far: Volunteering at the Mousetrap Awards

My favourite show of ALL TIME: La Boheme

In 5 years time I hope to be: A Stage Manager at an Opera House

 
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Vance Mullings

How I came to join the Youth Forum: I was a Mousetrap Rep when I was 15, then I did work experience with Mousetrap for two weeks at age 16. During that time, I was encouraged to join the Youth Forum even though I thought I wasn't ready to do so - but luckily for me I found that I could fit right in!

What I get out of it: I pay most attention to the music side of theatre, so it's nice to hear members talk so passionately about topics I don't usually engage in as much.

My highlights so far: We had a Mousetrap Picnic in the Park last Summer and it was great hanging out with the other members. Co-hosting the 2018 Mousetrap Awards was a blast too!

My favourite show of ALL TIME: Alice's Underground Adventures

In 5 years time I hope to be: Joining the army!

 
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Monique H

Current I am: In my 3rd year at Uni studying English with Creative Writing.

How I came to join the Youth Forum: I joined Mousetrap at my freshers fair and at the Conference in February 2018 I met Dylan, a YF member who later invited me to help him host part of the Awards and I have been a YF member since!

What I get out of being a member: It's really interesting to hear about shows, companies, actors and sponsors and broadening my limited theatre knowledge. It's also great to see shows for an affordable price and see/host Q&As and have workshops. Oh AND being able to meet some of the people! Don't forget the good snacks too.

My highlights so far: Taking part in the Mousetrap Conference and Awards, only a year after attending as a guest! I never thought I'd see myself talking to a room of young people - let alone a small theatre!

My favourite show of ALL TIME: It's too hard to choose!

In 5 years time I hope to be: Working in the theatre industry, either FOH or other departments. I also hope to be practising and developing my writing career as an author or playwright!

 
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Molly MacAskill

Currently I am: About to start the Musical Theatre course at the Brit School.

How I came to join the Youth Forum: I joined after attending the Youth Leadership in the Arts conference and seeing the amazing work that Youth Forum do. I thought what Mousetrap do for young people is incredible and I had to be a part of it.

What I get out of being a member: Incredible opportunities that develop my passion for theatre and open so many doors into the industry. Also, I find out what shows people are loving right now and therefore see things I never would have otherwise.

My highlights so far: Getting to interview some of my idols at the 2019 Mousetrap awards. Listening to the award winners was so surreal! It’s an experience that I’ll never forget (despite how nervous I was at first). The whole event was brilliant and I can’t wait for 2020!

My favourite show of ALL TIME: It’s impossible to pinpoint just one!! But right now I can’t stop listening to Bridges of Madison County and Company

In 5 years time I hope to be: Loving whatever I’m doing- whatever that might be. But, hopefully, I’ll be performing somewhere or finishing theatre school… fingers crossed!

 
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Rianne Stewart

Current I am: Working as a Student Marketing & Events Coordinator.

How I came to join the Youth Forum: I originally started as an Event coordinator Intern working on the Mousetrap Awards 2019. Absolutely loved the staff and all the young people who are passionate about theatre that I got to meet. I couldn't miss the opportunity to join and share my love for the theatre.

What I get out of being a member: Opportunity to see great shows that I wouldn't normally have the chance to see.

My highlights so far: Meeting Layton Williams and Asmeret Ghebremichael at the Mousetrap Awards

My favourite show of ALL TIME: Dreamgirls

In 5 years time I hope to be: I hope to be working as an Events Manager / Coordinator.

 
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Gracie Adlington

Currently I am: Studying Stage Management at Mountview

How I came to join the Youth Forum: I found out about Mousetrap through going to see Motown The Musical with my family as part of Family First Nights. I then helped out at the Mousetrap Awards and everyone was super friendly so I wanted to join the Youth Forum.

What I get out of being a member: I get to volunteer at shows that I love and I get to meet with amazing people monthly to talk about theatre.

My highlights so far: Helping at the Mousetrap Awards and volunteering at the Relaxed Performance of Matilda The Musical.

My favourite show of ALL TIME: THERE ARE TOO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM!!

In 5 years time I hope to be: Working backstage in a theatre, ideally as part of the stage management team, or even working in film/TV or events management.

 
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Charlotte Peachey

Currently I am: A student

How I came to join the Youth Forum: I first heard about Mousetrap Theatre Projects through a drama society at uni and wanted to find out more. I got in touch with Jenny who invited me to the next Youth Forum meeting which I loved and have been a part of it ever since!

What I get out of being a member: I love how Mousetrap makes theatre accessible to everyone - it’s great working in a group of like-minded people on various fun and exciting events!

My highlights so far: Helping out at the relaxed performances is definitely one of the most rewarding parts of being a Youth Forum member. It’s such a special opportunity to support young people and their families enjoy theatre together no matter any personal circumstances. It was also great fun helping out at the Mousetrap Conference and at the Mousetrap Awards - working within the team of Youth Forum Members as well as with theatre practitioners to make both events as exciting as possible for young people and their families was a great experience!

My favourite show of ALL TIME: Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

In 5 years time I hope to be: Helping others in my chosen career.

 
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Lethaniel Stacey-Coombe

Currently I am: Working at the Young Vic as an Usher

How I came to join the Youth Forum: I have been a member of Go Live for quite a few years now and wanted to get involved and help out Mousetrap where I could. When I was told about Youth Forum, I jumped at the chance to be involved.

What I get out of being a member: Monthly meetings to help out with the different things Mousetrap is organising, such as handing out tickets at shows and sometimes facilitating Pre/Post Show Q&As. Also, I love getting involved in things like the Youth Conference and Mousetrap Awards Ceremony.

My highlights so far: I would say the being able to Co-Host the 2019 Mousetrap Theatre Awards with some other amazing individuals in the Youth Forum was a major stand-out! Also volunteering at the ‘Relaxed Performance’ of Matilda The Musical was highly rewarding and a great event to help out at!

My favourite show of ALL TIME: The Inheritance

In 5 years time I hope to be: A major dream would be to start directing (or at least ‘Assistant Directing’ on some shows) as a result of the Young Vic’s ‘Introduction To Directing’ scheme, which I’m currently on.

 
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Darcy Dixon

Currently I am: A student embarking on my university journey!

What I get out of being a member: Volunteering at great shows. Harnessing my creative strengths. Helping at Relaxed performances. Organising shows and conferences.

My highlights so far: Performing at the Mousetrap Awards. The lovely Youth Forum picnic at Soho Square. Giving an Award for Best Female Actress to Rachel who plays Angelica in Hamilton.

My favourite show of ALL TIME: COMPANY

In 5 years time I hope to be: Even more experienced in the art of life.

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Georgina Harper-Dennett

Currently I am: An actor (and working part-time at Hamleys as Professor Bubbles)

How I came to join the Youth Forum: I joined the Youth Forum after ageing out of Theatre Live for 5.

What I get out of being a member: I get to meet up with like-minded young people and further my passion for theatre.

My highlights so far: Presenting an award at last year's Mousetrap Awards and being on one of the panels.

My favourite show of ALL TIME: Phantom

In 5 years time I hope to be: Climbing even further up my career ladder and continuing to love what I do!

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Chiara Lari

Currently I am: Studying acting at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

How I came to join the Youth Forum: I went to every Mousetrap show for two years and was invited to join by Ellie (your Audience Development Manager).

What I get out of being a member: I've gained a multitude of skills including leadership and public speaking through hosting panels at shows and at the Youth Leadership in the Arts Conference. Other skills include team work, professionalism and networking. Other than free tickets to shows when volunteering to hand out tickets I've also had so many incredible opportunities! Not only for myself and my future but the also the opportunity to make young people's voices heard. I feel very fulfilled being apart of this organisation that helps young people like myself see theatre- especially knowing first hand how powerful it can be.

My highlights so far: Getting to perform at the Mousetrap Awards - and host them the year after! I also represented the youth forum at the 'Cultural Inclusion Manifesto' event with an MP at the Houses of Parliament. I’ve also have been employed by Disney to work on a very exciting project thanks to a recommendation from the Mousetrap Team!

My favourite show of ALL TIME: Hamilton

In 5 years time I hope to be: An actor on the West End and TV/film. As well as exploring writing, directing, and painting (perhaps all together?). Hopefully still apart of the Youth Forum and if not, coming to all the shows I can with Mousetrap!