A new play by Emily JenkinsCommissioned as part of the Cyberscene Project
Directed by Anna Ledwich
Masterclass, Pureland and Kidscape present the world premiere of Emily Jenkins’ pioneering new play Cookies for two performances only at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 29th October 2017.
"The internet is their battleground.
London their surround sound.
YouTube their statement maker
- their whatsit -
In a world of gaming, vlogging, instant messaging and streaming, the online and offline worlds of four teenagers collide when each are exposed to cyber bullying and a darker side to their digital lives.
Inspired by the experiences of 120 students, Cookies by Fringe First Award winner Emily Jenkins, takes us on an astonishing digital journey that questions the effects and consequences of cyber bullying.
Anna Ledwich, 2015 Olivier Award nominee for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate theatre, directs this stimulating, timely and significant new piece of theatre.
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Cookies has been commissioned and developed for The Cyberscene Project; an inspirational theatre initiative created by The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust in partnership with Kidscape and generously funded by Pureland Foundation. The project aims to use theatre to support the health and well-being of young people affected by cyber bullying and to raise awareness of not only the dangers of being online, but also the positives too.
Working alongside Cyberscene’s development director Guy Unsworth and Emily Jenkins, the process began in October 2016 by scripting the play through a series of theatre based workshops. In this supportive environment, over 100 young students worked alongside theatre professionals to share their intimate experiences; to learn from each other and to be part of an empowering initiative which aims to address the impacts of cyber bullying and the wider digital realm.
It is through hearing the voices of these young students that Emily Jenkins was able to conceive Cookies, a bold, new play which directly addresses some of the issues brought up in the workshops through live performance.
The final production, featuring 25 of the original 100 students, will be staged at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 29th October 2017 for two performances only.
Previous Community Projects
Masterclass' previous community projects include, The Bravo 22 Company
, a pioneering theatre recovery project for wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and the Play Project which supported children and young adults at Great Ormond Street Hospital School and Richard House Hospice.