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, premiered at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 29th October 2017.