News: Theatre Royal Haymarket presents Cookies – an observation on cyber bullying

News: Theatre Royal Haymarket presents Cookies – an observation on cyber bullying

The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, in partnership with the Pureland Foundation and children’s charity Kidscape, present the world premiere of Emily Jenkins’ pioneering new play Cookies  at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

“The internet is their battleground. London their surround sound.  YouTube their statement maker – their whatsit – manifesto maker.” 

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 online experiences of 120 students, Cookies by Fringe First Award winner Emily Jenkins 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. Speaking about the play, Jenkins said;

“For those who have grown up with the internet it has become almost as fundamental to daily life – as elemental as oxygen. We are still discovering the rules and intricacies of existing within this world; yet it is young people themselves who are most aware of the difference it makes.

This play has come directly from what young people shared with me about their daily online lives; and their extraordinary and terrifying online experiences. Before we tell them what they should do or how they should behave we need to listen to what they have to say. This is not my story. It’s theirs.”

The performance taking place at the Theatre Royal Haymarket is the first landmark in the project’s legacy. Blayne George, Programme Director at Masterclass commented;

“This project doesn’t end on 29 October; on the contrary that’s where it begins. Along with this important new play we will be collating our research into a free resource pack for schools and education providers across the United Kingdom as a way of helping to raise awareness and combat the ever-growing issues of cyber bullying and digital security.”

 

Cookies plays Theatre Royal Haymarket on 29 October 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.

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