Young people work with award winning theatre makers

This July in Cardiff Mess Up The Mess will present ‘Humanequin’ with Youth Cymru, with support from the Wales Millennium Centre.

‘Humanequin’ has been created by young trans* people together with Mess up the Mess’ young people in order to inspire and create change within their communities. The performance will consist of a live performance combined with the premiere of a film they have created especially for teachers and youth workers to use as an aid in secondary education P.S.E classes to educate young people. Along with the public performance there will be a performance at one member of the group’s school and a performance at the Pivotal Conversation conference in Bridgend.

Trans*Form Cymru is a Youth Cymru project, led by a network of young people, who identify as transgender and have come together to raise awareness of the broad and specific issues that affect transgender young people, including how gender is reflected on monitoring forms, as well as to campaign for the inclusion of trans* issues within the school curriculum.

Rowan, who is a member of Trans* Form Cymru said about ‘Humanequin’:

“This project has been an incredible experience so far. It was my first opportunity to really get to know other trans* identified individuals, all of whom I now consider to be close friends. The project itself has provided us all with the opportunity to voice our concerns and hopes for young trans* people in Wales, and has enabled us to develop the skills to bring about change in our communities and beyond. I myself have grown in confidence and done things I never thought I was capable of before. I’m incredibly excited to bring the project to life.”

The young people not only gained the opportunity to put their voice on stage but also gained valuable skills through working with inspiring professional theatre makers, including Wales Drama Award 2015 winner Kelly Jones and designer Georgina Miles, film maker Carolina Vasquez and Arts Council Wales Creative Wales Award Winner 2012, Jain Boon.

‘Humanequin’ is part of Mess Up The Mess’ 3 year project: ‘Dream On!’. ‘Dream On!’ is a three-year project in which young people from across South Wales investigate the issues and problems that affect them and their communities. They work together to make a real difference whilst learning key transferable skills and raising their aspirations and self-esteem. This project has been supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

Performance Details:
Date: 16th July 2015
Performance Time: 5:30pm
Location: Urdd Gobaith, Bute Place, Cardiff, CF10 5AL
Ticket Price: FREE
Box Office: Please email
Performance Duration: 2 hours (including film and workshop)
Age Guidance: 11+

Created by the young people from Trans*Form Cymru, creatively supported by Wales Drama Award winning writer Kelly Jones, directed by Jain Boon, designer Georgina Miles and Film produced by Carolina Vasquez.

Youth Cymru, Wales Millennium Centre, Welsh Government, Dream On, Big Lottery Fund