Young Changemakers brings together young people who love theatre and are passionate about getting young people back in to it. The Young Changemakers programme aims to champion young artists and give a voice to the next generation of theatre makers.

Previous Young Changemakers have been from all different backgrounds, living and studying in Outer East London and/or Essex.


So far

So far, the Young Changemakers have hosted their first Up-Close event (with 18-25 year olds), centred around Douglas Rintoul’s production of ‘Macbeth’.

They’ve built a library full of play and audition texts, encouraging use of the theatre as a safe drop in space to be creative, read plays for free and connect with other like-minded individuals.

During the pandemic, they curated I AM HERE – a series of important conversations and provocations about identity within our communities and how we are represented. Don’t worry if you missed this, you can watch the discussion here.

They also released a number of podcasts, which can be found below



We are currently re-evaluating and consulting with young people about the future of the Young Changemakers. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for updates and get in touch for more information.


Twitter: @YCQueens

Instagram: @youngcmakers



The YCM Podcast

Episode 1 – 01/03/21

In episode 1, George talks to our changemaker Ollie Harrington about starting his theatre company, Found In Translation, and why they look to the past for their stories.

Plus hear Ollie’s recent success getting funding from Arts Council England for FIT’s latest creative project ‘Bring Back Chainmail’ and Ollie’s tips for young creatives applying to ACE for the first time.

Episode 2 – 08/03/21

In episode 2, George speaks to our Changemaker Rennae Walker, about her journey in the world of storytelling and her success with marrying her faith and filmmaking.

Episode 3 – 15/03/21

In episode 3, George chats with our Changemakers Ashleeka Mandil and Robert Barnes. They share their experience on reconnecting with the the arts after graduating from University, tips on balancing your passion with your day job and advice for young people getting into the industry.

Episode 4 – 22/03/21

In episode 4, Ollie Harrington takes over as host as George Morgan (teacher, film-maker, theatre-maker & QTH board member) is in the hot seat talking about breaking barriers in filmmaking with his company ShootSmartphone and how young people can play their part in Arts leadership.

Episode 5 – 29/03/21

In episode 5, Find out what exciting opportunities we have in store for you on the YCM podcast and Changemakers network!

Episode 6 – 12/04/21

In episode 6, Changemaker Ollie hosts special guest Michelle Payne, an award winning director and playwright from Essex, to chat about taking first steps into an arts career, creating work for and in our local communities, and how decision makers can help us make meaningful change in theatre.

Episode 7 – 10/05/21

In episode 7, Changemaker Rob Barnes hosts Artistic Directors of Blown Fuse Theatre, Michelle Barrington and Eleanor Frances. They discuss their work so far and where they find inspiration for creating new theatre, as well as share advice for creatives starting out in the industry and opportunities for artists in Essex.