Young people perform Click

Click by Dafydd James

On-line/off-line: people aren’t always who they seem to be. So how can you tell when things ‘click’? Because it’s not just a case of pressing return. 12 young people’s lives become increasingly interlinked through a series of chance encounters as they struggle to understand themselves and begin to forge surprising friendships that will change the way they view the world forever.

Click was developed internationally by Mess Up The Mess, Australian Theatre for Young People, Inspired Productions, New Zealand and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and produced in 2011. We toured it across South Wales in September 2011. The international partners presented it in their home cities.

It was restaged and toured the following year across South Wales.

Click is a snap shot of the diversity of modern youth culture presented through a moving, engaging and very funny script. It tackles hard hitting issues including those of young carers, youth sexuality, teenage pregnancy, homophobia and identity with an in your face humour that young audiences respect.

Dafydd James and Mess Up The Mess worked with young people from South Wales, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong to create Click. They worked together on creative challenges and shared their ideas through blogging and social networking sites. Dafydd took this material and created a bold and innovative play, exploring communication across the internet, social boundaries, relationships and trust.

“I’m really excited to be working on a play that is going to be performed in four different places around the world. It provides a really cool learning experience where we get to learn about other cultures and explore similarities and differences. It’s such a cool script and I think a lot of young people will be able to relate to the characters and the issues it brings up.” – Tabby Besley, Youth Director NZ Inspired Productions

Involving over 100 young people, 5 creative challenges, 4 countries and 3 exchange trips, it started with a cultural exchange to Hong Kong and ended with performances across the world.

“Very special – witty, wise and a bit wicked. Youth theatre at its best.” – John McGrath, National Theatre Wales

“Click truly captures the excitement and tempo of the digital age.” – Buzz Magazine

Supported by Big Lottery Fund, Children in Need, Arts Council Wales, European Social Fund