A brand new production ‘Hudo / Tempted’ by Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch will take be touring secondary schools throughout Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire over October and November. Some years ago, the company created the hard-hitting drama ‘SEXTING’ that dealt with bullying and sexual interference through digital media.

‘Hudo / Tempted’, which will be performed both in English and in Welsh, will raise young people’s awareness of their rights and the law in the field of sexual exploitation – a broad topic that has had a lot of media coverage recently. The company has received funding from Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund towards research and script writing and has been created drawing on the specialist knowledge of Dyfed Powys Police School Liaison Officers and other agencies. The work has also been funded by Carmarthenshire County Council and Ceredigion County Council.

Mared Llywelyn Williams is the scriptwriter. She gained an MA in creative writing from Aberystwyth University and her work in writing dramas has received success and recognition in national eisteddfods over the past few years:

“I hope this project will open the audience’s eyes to the dangers of exploitation. The fact that I can have a creative role on this project is fantastic and I hope the work will succeed to entertain as well as inform the audience. It sure has opened my eyes thus far.”

There are five scenes in the production, each one presenting an example of sexual exploitation. The play is set out as a forum: the pupils will have the opportunity to discuss and consider the characters’ decisions, discussing and contributing ideas to how they could have made safer decisions; through this exercise, pupils will have the opportunity to learn and reflect on how they can keep themselves safe and avoid getting themselves into similar situations.

Dafydd Llywelyn, Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner said “It’s not just an urban problem: sexual exploitation exists in rural communities as well. In rural areas, problems such as loneliness and isolation can heavily affect young people; there is often no network of close peer links and the appeal of digital media, and the easy access to them, creates new crises and problems for young people.”

Speaking before the company starts its tour, Jeremy Turner, Artistic Director of The Arad Goch Company, stated “The welfare of young people is at the heart of our work at Theatr Arad Goch, this new and important play will enable us and our audiences to handle, objectively and sensitively, the way in which young people are sexually exploited. The work places an important role to the pupil’s voice. However, we emphasize that the objective element of the production is crucial: we will never ask pupils to discuss their own experiences in public. Rather, they will talk about the characters. “

“We know that thematic performances enable young people to see themselves and their problems in a new light. We were told after performances from SXTO that a number of inquiries for help from young people had increased because the play had enabled them to identify the problems and ways to find strategies to overcome them. We are hopeful that this will happen with Hudo / Tempted.”
He added, “It’s our intention is to develop the production to be a full play that will be available to visit schools during 2019-20.”

For more information, phone Arad Goch on 01970617998


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