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Challenging and thought provoking theatre for young people Chloe and Natasha are like most girls their age – they like to drink and have fun. Chloe is shy by nature but everyone loves the drunken Chloe. She is totally different.

Natasha has a boyfriend called Jordan. Jordan is extremely arrogant and is forever boasting how much of a man he is – how much he can drink, how strong he is and his talent with girls. He condemns any sort of ambition.

Although Jordan and Natasha have been having sexual intercourse for a couple of months, it is Chloe who finds herself pregnant. For a while she doesn’t think anything of it.

In the end she cannot hide it any longer.

We follow Chloe’s private and public moments, her highs and lows – the fun of drinking, the uncertainty of ‘love’, the shock of realization, the euphoria of falling in love with her baby, the depression of hating the baby and the loneliness on New Year’s Eve.

‘No ID’ by Bedwyr Rees is Cwmni’r Frân Wen’s latest challenging Theatre in Education project for 14-15 year olds. The company was approached by Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conwy’s Healthy Schools Initiative to develop a hard-hitting Theatre in Education project dealing with the sensitive issue of teenage pregnancy. Wales has the highest number of teenage pregnancies in Europe with 500 young women under the age of 16 falling pregnant last year. That would be the total amount of pupils in a small secondary school in North Wales. Having worked successfully with Cwmni’r Frân Wen in previous years the Healthy Schools Initiative wanted to try a different approach to Sex and Relationships Education.


Bedwyr Rees, Author ‘No ID’

From an artistic point of view the company was very eager to develop a strong conceptual production giving the audience opportunities to interpret stimulus.

“From discussions with young people, it became apparent that they wanted a challenge from a theatrical production. Not a naturalistic style but theatre which is expressed symbolically. A set, lighting and physical movements which enables them to draw from their own experiences. The set was designed specifically to convey the confinement of Chloe’s situation but also to create a performing environment where the audience could not see one another due to the sensitive nature of the drama.

One of the main strengths of the production is the strong cast. Cwmni’r Frân Wen once again prides itself on attracting professional young actors and well respected designers and composers to work on a Theatre in Education production.”

Iola Ynyr, Artistic Director Cwmni’r Frân Wen

The production is presented by Elen Gwynne, Aaron Morris and Fflur Medi Owen. The set is designed by Gwyn Eiddior Parry and music composed by Osian Gwynedd.

The production will be touring through the medium of English and Welsh until the 11th of December 2009 by which time it will have been performed 65 times in 29 schools to a total audience o 2,920 young people between 14 and 15 year old in Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conwy.

A performance of the Welsh version ‘Dim ID’ by Bedwyr Rees will be presented at Galeri Caernarfon on Tuesday, 17th of November 2009 as part of Cwmni’r Frân Wen’s 25 year anniversary celebrations.

“Cwmni’r Frân Wen’s work is immensely professional and of the highest standard. As Headteacher, it is very reassuring to know that a project is relevant and suitable. The company gives us the opportunity to see the work before visiting the school and they always successfully achieve the perfect combination – an educational performance that appeals to young people”
 
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