Mousetrap May 18 What we've been up to this month: May saw the return of the annual Mousetrap Awards, the only theatre awards nominated by and voted for exclusively by young people. The Mousetraps are run entirely by Mousetrap Theatre Projects’ Youth Forum and are always a glamorous affair with this year proving no exception! With record-breaking participation, over a thousand young people voted for winners in twelve different categories that ranged from ‘Most Heart-Stopping Show’ to ‘Show You Came Out Dancing To’. All of this culminated in a fantastic awards ceremony at The Charing Cross Theatre, attended by cast members from Hamilton, Les Misérables, The Ferryman and Five Guys Named Moe. A packed audience watched on as big names from the West End stage collected their awards as well as enjoying some talented young performers who provided entertainment throughout the show. Yet the real stars of the show were the Youth Forum who, along with organising and hosting the awards, helped to remind performers and audiences alike the power of the magic of theatre. “Thank you so much Mousetrap! It takes a lot to be brave enough to stand up and let your voice be heard and it’s something we need to cultivate in our young people. This is about daring to dream! To everyone who has voted and engaged with Mousetrap, thank you for letting people find their voice and thank you for voting for us and allowing us to keep sharing stories” – Obioma Ugoala on winning ‘Soundtrack of my Soul’ for Hamilton. Mousetrap's Youth Forum is made up of young people aged 15 - 23 who have previously benefited from the charity and have decided that they would like to become more involved. Their place on the Forum provides vital experience in the world of the arts and event management.