What is Humanequin?
‘Humanequin’ was a theatrical piece that informed, educated and celebrated the lives of trans* young people in Wales. It combined a film, performance and Q&A that explored real life stories, reflecting upon personal journeys and experiences, the joys, laughter and low points, discrimination and fears that young trans* people in Wales face on a daily basis.
The project was a collaboration between Trans*Form Cymru and Mess Up The Mess.
The piece was created and informed by 23 trans* young people across Wales supported by a team of professional artists 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.
In July 2015, 8 young people took to the stage and bravely performed and shared their stories. Humanequin was shown in Bridgend College during the Pivotal Conversation Mental Health Conference to youth workers, teachers and other professionals, then toured to Radyr Comprehensive School in Cardiff when it was seen by 120 Year 10 pupils. In an event supported by Wales Millennium Centre, Humanequin was seen by a further 125 people and was covered by BBC Radio Wales and Newyddion 9 BBC Cymru: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cymrufyw/33578010
The project received an amazing response from young people and professionals, with many pledging changes they would make within their workplace or personal life as a result of seeing the performance.
The film is available on YouTube here. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17JVkv-NU6k&feature=youtu.be)