Exploring the intricacies of the cyber world and the fine line between banter and bullying.
In 2016 The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust teamed up with leading anti bullying charity, Kidscape, to deliver a creative hands-on learning project to use theatre to support the health and well-being of young people aged 16-19 affected by cyberbullying.
Made possible through the generous support of the Pure Land Foundation, who champion initiatives that promote social, spiritual and emotional wellness, the project’s aim is to work with a group young people to gather their stories and experiences and make them into a new and relevant play to be performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket informing parents, siblings and peers of the issues around young people’s cyber activity. When digital barriers separate and even hide the people we engage with online, are young people equipped emotionally and morally to exist in this ever-widening and controlling digital landscape?
The story so far...
Since October 2016 the Cyberscene Project has partnered with 4 Further Education Collages in London and delivered 36 hours of theatre-based workshops, positively engaging with 112 Students to develop material for the play. The students worked with the projects’ director, writer and producer to share their voice and thoughts on what needs to be said about this issue and how.
“I had been bullied and I know how it feels. I want to help stop it. All my life I really want to stop it somehow. However, I was scared. But this amazing project can tell my story without me feeling afraid". (South Thames College student)
"Sometimes we become so assuming that nothing bad will happen to us because we're so knowledgeable, that nobody really thinks of the consequences - that we could be a cyber bully or that we could be cyber bullied" (Leyton Sixth Form College student)
... What happens next
Our commissioned writer Emily Jenkins, winner of a prestigious Fringe First Award for her play Rainbow and Director Guy Unsworth, Associate Director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, are now embarking on creating the play, which will be performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in Autumn, 2017.
We have just completed two days of workshops with our ensemble students. This took place on stage at the Theatre Royal Haymarket where the students from the 4 collages bonded for the first time and worked with ideas in the initial sketch draft of the play.
We will start to develop educational material relating to the play for schools and colleges and intend to engage with a publisher to publish the play text to accompany these resources as part of the project’s legacy.
Why Cyberscene? Aligned with Masterclass' mission to provide opportunities and experiences for young people, the heart of the Cyberscene project is about using theatre to give young people a voice, create a lasting legacy from their own perspective, help and inspire other young people in similar situations and to raise awareness of the issue.
If you are interested in a career in theatre, take a look at TheatreCraft, London’s largest careers event for 16-25 year olds which Masterclass founded in 2003.
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Masterclass is a proud member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance and is working with the Association of Colleges for The Cyberscene Project.
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.