About Young Changemakers
In December of 2018, The Queen’s Theatre put out a call for passionate young people aged 18-25 to take part in our Young Changemakers programme. This programme is designed to make sure that young people’s views inform the way the organisation is run – from advising on communications, fundraising and strategy, to acting as ambassadors at events. We successfully recruited ten extremely passionate and talented young people from a wide range of backgrounds, including university students, drama school students and young professionals. The Young Changemakers will play a vital role in ensuring the Theatre’s commitment to engaging young people, and creating future generations of young theatre-goers. They will be a representative for young people, and act as an advocate for the Theatre in their own communities. The group will meet six times formally throughout the year, with each meeting taking on a different project, crucial to the Theatre’s decision making process. The first meeting took place on Tuesday 15th January, with the group organising a networking and workshop session for Under 26s for the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch’s next production, DNA, directed by the Theatre’s Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul. This Under 26s event took place on 5.30pm on Saturday 9th February. The Young Changemakers managed the social media marketing campaign around it, organised attendance from the actors and facilitated the workshop. If you are aged between 18 and 25 and would like to be involved in the Young Changemakers programme, or would like to know more about the work they do, please contact email@example.com
For our first project as the Young Changemakers at the Queen's Theatre, we were asked to plan, create and host an event for young people who are interested in theatre. One of the main goals of the Young Changemakers programme is to try and make theatre and experiences of theatre more accessible to young people. Therefore, we wanted to make sure the tickets are as affordable as possible and that the events we organise are will be worth every penny!
We decided to run a workshop focusing on some of the themes that run through the play DNA by Dennis Kelly. This was followed by seeing the play performed by acting students from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, who then agreed to be on the panel for a question and answer session which gave everyone a chance to ask any questions they had; from what the process of rehearsals was like, to how they got into acting in the first place.
The evening started with a workshop run by Efua and Jamie who were excellent at getting everyone involved and interested in aspects of ensemble work through team games and exercises to address themes such as status and peer pressure. After all the hard work in the workshop, we took a break and enjoyed some pizza before heading into the main auditorium to watch the show.
For the first event that we have organised and hosted as a group, it was a huge success and we can’t wait to host more events in the future!
Helen is currently studying Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She also works part-time as a facilitator, specialising in working with children with special needs. One of her main aims is to make theatre as accessible for as many people as possible.
Charlie is currently a student at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has been an audio assistant and props coordinator for a youth theatre group for the past 2 years and a young leader in girlguiding. She is thrilled to be a part of the Young Changemakers programme!
Rebekah’s passions are education, working with children and young people, food and the performing arts. She loves to go to musicals and plays in my spare time and try different foods from different places and cultures. She’s excited to be a part of the Young Changemakers because drama played a huge role in her youth and she would like to show young people how the performing arts can help in their future.
Jamie is a second year Technical Theatre college student. He loves theatre and has been involved in productions, both onstage and backstage, with drama groups since he was eight years old. He is really delighted to be part of the Young Changemakers Programme here at the Queens Theatre Hornchurch.
Efua is an advocate for change, from performing, blogging, to writing spoken word poetry. She has organised and facilitated youth-based workshops, and now continues her studies in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Efua believes that theatre should be for all and is driven to see to that.
Lucy is a second year Theatre student at Guildford School of Acting (GSA). She worked in the theatre’s box office for 3 years as well as being involved in community performances at the theatre. Her interests outside of theatre lie in student politics and trade unions.
Ashleeka is a recent psychology graduate seeking involvement within the creative arts to help the younger generation achieve their goals. Having taken a break from theatre to study for my degree, she endeavours to reignite my passion for theatre.
Theatre and performing has always been the biggest passion of Rowanne’s, and despite setbacks, she has always found her way back to performing, whether it be workshops or community projects. She spends a lot of her spare time blogging about a variety of things from music to memes. Through the Changemakers, she hopes to show people that theatre is for everyone!
Lewis is a playwright based in London, who focuses his work around the mental health issues, using theatre and storytelling as a medium to talk about issues that are taboo elsewhere. He has had plays performed in London, Loughborough, the Edinburgh Fringe, and a transfer to Heidelberg in Germany.
Victoria is an Actor and Poet. Victoria is a current member of the National Youth Theatre, Roundhouse Poetry Collective and an Almeida Young Artist. Victoria’s recent work includes writing poetry for the ‘Return of Ulysses’ at the Roundhouse and performing at the Please Tick One event at The Cockpit. Victoria is currently working on her first poetry collection.