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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 11:10 UK time, Monday, 11 October 2010

The latest production in National Theatre Wales' incredibly successful inaugural year is Love Steals Us From Loneliness, written by one of Wales' foremost playwrights Gary Owen.

The cast of National Theatre Wales production Love Steals Us From Loneliness

The cast of National Theatre Wales production Love Steals Us From Loneliness: Katie Elin-Salt, Matthew Trevannion, Nia Roberts, Mark Sumner and Remy Beasley

Gary Owen. Photo: Kirsten McTernan

Gary Owen. Photo: Kirsten McTernan

Love Steals Us From Loneliness follows a group of Bridgend teenagers as they drink together, explore their sexual identity and contemplate their future. One night everything changes, and we see how the events of adolescence irreversibly shape our adult lives.

Owen was born in Pembrokeshire in 1972 but moved with his family to Bridgend aged eight and a half. For this play he has turned his attention to the town where he spent his teens, asking what it’s like to be a teenager in Bridgend and elsewhere in Wales and the UK today.

The cast includes Bafta Cymru award-winner Nia Roberts, and fellow actors Remy Beasley, Katie Elin-Salt, Matthew Trevannion and Mark Sumner. It is directed by the artistic director of National Theatre Wales, John E McGrath.

Ahead of the production's run, BBC Cymru Wales filmed a documentary following Owen's challenge to make worthwhile drama about young love and tragic loss in a place buffeted by lurid tabloid headlines about a spate of teen suicides in the town.

Watch the documentary tonight, Monday 11 October, on BBC Two Wales at 10pm.

Love Steals Us From Loneliness runs until Saturday 16 October at Hobo’s Rock Club and Live Music Venue in Bridgend  - find out more on the National Theatre Wales website.

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