In October 2016, the Cyberscene team at the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust went into four London-based further education colleges to explore the key concerns and issues facing them in today’s digital landscape through a series of theatre based workshops.
In this supportive environment, over 100 young students worked alongside theatre professionals to share their intimate experiences of being online; to learn from each other and to be part of an empowering initiative which aims to address the impact 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. As well as a professional cast of 7, the final production will feature 25 of the original 100 students as an ensemble, including Harry Phillips, a student from South Thames College.
Harry describes how he initially joined the project to "meet new people and try something new" and also to "take part in all the different workshops; such as the stage combat workshop, which despite feeling nervous at the start, I ended up really enjoying."
He adds, "to stand on a West End stage is one thing, but to actually perform on it is a dream come true – performing on the stage has always been one of my dreams and the Cyberscene project has helped me make it come true. I am really excited to be part of the live performance of Cookies and watch audiences from the stage enjoy Cookies and learn from it."
You can see Harry and his fellow student ensemble in the world premiere of Cookies for two performances only at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 29th October 2017.
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