London theatre news: Wednesday 11 October 2017
Drama - London West End - Performance
Inspired by the true, heartfelt online stories of students, Cookies follows seven teenagers dealing with the effects of sexting, radicalisation, cyber bullying and our wider digital world ... at Theatre Royal Haymarket on 29 October 2017.
This new play by Fringe First Award winner Emily Jenkins and directed by Anna Ledwich, will be at Theatre Royal Haymarket for just one day - Sunday 29 October - for two performances only at 3pm and 6-30pm.
Inspired by the experiences of 120 students, Cookies takes us on an astonishing digital journey that questions the effects and consequences of cyber bullying, when the line is crossed and what happens when it is.
“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.
Sosa, a tough, gay, streetwise Londoner finds solace in the tunes of her favourite rap artist, but her online world comes crashing down when she finally meets her idol.
Eva, an aspiring vlogger, splits with avid gamer Simon and is forced to deal with the devastating effects of sexting and repetitive online abuse.
Salena, infatuated with pop star Zayn Malik, starts an online friendship with another faceless superfan.
As a result of their conversations the young Muslim woman begins to grapple with her faith and is persuaded to make a long journey to an unknown fate.
Anna Ledwich, 2015 Olivier Award nominee for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate theatre, directs this exciting, relevant and important new piece of theatre.
Cookies is commissioned and developed for The Cyberscene Project, an inspiring theatre initiative created by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust in partnership with Kidscape and generously funded by Pureland Foundation with the aim of using theatre to support and engage young people through creativity, enhance their social and emotional wellbeing and to raise awareness of important issues facing young people today.
In alphabetical order:
Simon - Makir Ahmed
Eva - Cristal Cole
Andy - Bradley Cumberbatch
Sosa - Leaphia Darko
Salena - Rujenne Green
Rayah - Shala Nyx
JC - Joe Pierson
Director - Anna Ledwich
Design - Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting - Elliot Griggs
Sound design - Max Pappenheim
Projection design - Nina Dunn
Movement - Natasha Khamjani
Casting - Ellie Collyer-Bristow
Artistic Adviser - Jonathan Church
Creative Producer - Rhiannon Newman Brown
Presented by The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, Pureland Foundation and Kidscape.
Theatre Royal Haymarket
London SW1Y 4HT
29 October 2017
Performances at 3pm and 6-30pm
Running time: apprx 80 mins, no interval
Stalls £35, £25,
Royal Circle £35, £25, £7.50
Upper Circle £15, £15 £7.50
Seating in the gallery is on cushioned wooden benches.
Note there are 65 steps to the Upper Circle and Gallery.
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