West End performance of Cookies released for Anti-Bullying Week

West End performance of Cookies filmed and released alongside free education resource packs for Anti-Bullying Week

The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust (Masterclass) in partnership with the Pureland Foundation and children’s charity Kidscape are delighted to announce that during Anti-Bullying Week 2017 (commencing 13th November), a filmed live performance of Cookies by Emily Jenkins will be available to stream directly from the Masterclass website.

Filmed by London-based video agency Kinura, the film will accompany free PSHE and drama resource packs that include professional advice from Kidscape, easy-to-follow exercises and more than 30 extensive, theatre-based written and creative activities that align with the PSHE Association and AQA A-level and GCSE drama national curriculum.

Masterclass and Kidscape have spent over a year working with 16- to 19-year-old students from varying areas of study, collating and exploring exciting fresh material through diverse and successful workshops. As such, the resources will help teachers cover various topics within the curriculum using drama-based creative activities.

Blayne George, programme director at Masterclass, says: “By using Cookies in the classroom, teachers will be able to encourage students to tackle the serious threats that young people face online and enrich their educational experience. The play can be used as a creative and engaging device to nurture important conversations with students from Key Stages 4 and 5. It provides an opportunity for discussion, encouraging young people to have the confidence to voice any concerns at a time when they are, arguably, at their most vulnerable.”

Cookies played the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 29th October for two performances only and was commissioned as part of the Cyberscene Project, an inspirational theatre initiative that supports the health and wellbeing of young people affected by cyberbullying and other online issues. Cyberscene was created by Masterclass in partnership with the Pureland Foundation and children’s charity Kidscape.

Bruno Wang, founder of the Pureland Foundation, comments: “We are delighted to partner with Cyberscene and champion its important work to support and empower young people affected by cyberbullying.

“This innovative initiative from Masterclass mirrors the Pureland Foundation’s commitment to promote social and emotional wellness, in particular working with the creative arts to engage and inform audiences. Cyberbullying is an issue affecting not only children and teenagers but also adults.

“It is very rewarding for all involved that teachers across the country will be able to use Cookies in their classrooms to stimulate dialogue with students on this key issue of our time.”

Through a series of theatre-based workshops, the project has explored important concerns and issues facing young people in the digital landscape of today, having collaborated with 120 students across four London colleges.

Written with young people, for young people, Cookies is an exciting way to educate and engage students in a pertinent subject. Directed by Olivier Award nominee Anna Ledwich, the play is inspired by true, heartfelt online stories of students and follows seven teenagers dealing with the effects of sexting, radicalisation, cyberbullying and our wider digital world.

The project has been delivered under the artistic guidance of renowned British theatre director Jonathan Church CBE.

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