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Exams juggle for top band's video
Nathan Stadden
Nathan Stadden will play the lead role in the video
A teenager from Bridgend is juggling his GCSEs with a starring role in a music video for rock band New Order.

Nathan Stadden, 16, a pupil at Ynysawdre School in Tondu, was selected for the leading role in the video by the rock band.

But the two-day shoot had to be carefully arranged so the teenager could sit his exams.

The video will also feature four other youngsters from the area alongside the band's members.

Shooting for the video will take place on Wednesday and Thursday but is being worked around Nathan's exam schedule.

"I've got a history exam on Thursday but luckily it has all been arranged to fit in," said the schoolboy.

"I'm so chuffed to be in it because there were about a hundred who auditioned for the part.

"When I got offered it, I didn't know if I would be able to do it because of the exams but they have worked around the timetable so I can."

Nathan was chosen for the lead role in the video and will see him being chased around various locations in south Wales including Pontypridd, Southerndown and Port Talbot.

It is fantastic that the youngsters from Bridgend were chosen for the video
Roger Burnell, Bridgend Theatre

He is being joined by four other members of Bridgend Youth Theatre, Daniel Evans from Blaengarw, Maya Grant from Pencoed, Emma Davies from Maesteg, and Helen Davies from Bridgend.

Director of theatre Roger Burnell will play a security guard chasing them along with some of the band members.

"It is fantastic that the youngsters from Bridgend were chosen for the video," said Mr Burnell.

"I think they wanted youngsters who showed an honesty and down-to-earth grittiness.

"And it gives me a lot of pride that they were chosen from Bridgend.

New Order, pictured at the NME awards in February
New Order formed after the death of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis

"Nathan has got his exams, but we are working around that because we have got to make sure that he feels as comfortable as possible."

New Order have been together since the early 1980s and are recognised as one of Britain's most influential and acclaimed bands.

Emerging from the ashes of Manchester legends Joy Division, they merged dance music with rock, recorded Blue Monday - the biggest selling 12-inch single in history - and have released a string of groundbreaking albums.

But they are not the only band to have links with the Bridgend Youth Theatre.

One of the members of Newport rappers Goldie Lookin' Chain, Matthew Fletcher Jones, has penned a script for a short film set in a toilet of a nightclub.

Youngsters from the theatre group will be shooting the film in August.

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