A new dark comedy about foot and mouth disease by Fringe First Award winner Emily Jenkins.
It's the late nineties, Take That, Tamagotchis, Dib Dabs, and PogSwaps. When 13 year old Bobby and Amy meet, hundreds of cows dot across the fields and the sun always shines.
But when the cows begin to burn, Bobby and Amy’s sleepy Cotswold town faces a catastrophe that will change their home forever.
Set amongst the devastation that hit farming communities in the late nineties; Bobby & Amy explores friendship, heartache, and what happens when our way of life is threatened by those who don’t understand it.
Reviews for Jenkins' Previous Plays:
★★★★★ THREE WEEKS
“Moving, smart, and powerful....Rainbow shines with brilliance”
★★★★★ EDFRINGE REVIEW
“Jenkins’s direction was excellent... Such a strong production... Don’t miss it!”
★★★★★ FRINGE GURU
“The writing, by Emily Jenkins is fantastic... I'd see Rainbow again, and I don't say that about many plays.”
“Thankfully, we have plays like Emily Jenkins' Cookies to remind us that we're not just screaming into the void.”
★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN
“Jenkins’ lively writing manages to convey both light and dark in this rather bleak world”
EMILY JENKINS - WRITER/DIRECTOR
Emily is a winner of the prestigious Fringe First Award for her play Rainbow. She has since written plays with Paines Plough, Traverse Theatre and attended the Royal Court Young Writers and Studio Programmes. In 2017, Emily made her West End debut with COOKIES at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, directed by Anna Ledwich.
As a director her work includes: Vinegar Tom (Royal and Derngate Theatre), Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal and Derngate studio), KCS (Southwark Playhouse), Rainbow (FRINGE FIRST AWARD WINNER Zoo Southside), Mojo Mickybo (Old Red Lion) and Fame (The Northcott Theatre). She regularly directs at LAMDA and on the London and Edinburgh Fringe.
Emily is also a text coach and Shakespeare practitioner working at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Her productions for Shakespeare’s Globe include The Tempest (Dir. Jeremy Herrin), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dir. Dominic Dromgoole) and King Lear (Dir. Bill Buckhurst). She also teaches at LAMDA and has worked as text coach for the National Youth Theatre company. Productions as text and voice coach include Romeo and Juliet for the Ambassadors Theatre (Dir. Katy Hewitt) and The Tempest for Royal & Derngate (Dir. Caroline Steinbeis).
EMMA BLACKMAN - PRODUCER
Emma is a producer of theatre, outdoor events and outreach projects in London. Working as Theatre Deli’s London Producer & Programmer, Emma co-founded and produced numerous festivals, including Beyond Borders - an annual arts festival during Refugee Week UK, the Deli Comedy Festival, and Rain or Shine Festival - an outdoor theatre, circus and storytelling summer festival for families. As part of her role in the artistic residencies, Emma mentors and supports early and mid-career artists in the creation of their next work. Her community led projects include the secondary schools programme The Butterfly Effect and the Dia de los Muertos Celebrations in cooperation with Southwark Council.
BOBBY: Will Howard
AMY: Kimberley Jarvis
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Emily Jenkins
PRODUCER: Emma Blackman
SOUND DESIGNER: Dinah Mullen
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Bethany Gupwell
COSTUME DESIGNER: Kaajel Patel
STAGE MANAGER/TECHNICAL OPERATOR: Roshan Conn
Emily Jenkins’ first play RAINBOW won a Fringe First Award, her second play COOKIES was performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London's West End, directed by Anna Ledwich.
Praise for previous work
Edfringe Review ★★★★★
“With three brilliantly told stories interlocking by the tiniest of details, Jenkins examines human behaviour in a time of crisis... Jenkins’s direction was excellent... A pacey performance and tight writing made this such a strong production... Don’t miss it!” (Rainbow)
Three weeks ★★★★★
“Pay close attention to ‘Rainbow’; it will strike you as moving, smart, and powerful....Rainbow” shines with brilliance and covers a spectrum of dramatic feeling and powerful truth.” (Rainbow)
Fringe Guru ★★★★★
“Rainbow assumes its audience is intelligent and willing to think, and I appreciate that. Don't come to this show expecting mindless entertainment; you won't get it....The writing, by Emily Jenkins (who is also the show's director and producer) is fantastic. Her vibrant descriptions, beautifully delivered with just the right amount of humour and poignancy by the cast, easily transport the audience...I'd see Rainbow again, and I don't say that about many plays.”
“Thankfully, we have plays like Emily Jenkins' Cookies to remind us that we're not just screaming into the void. Over 80 electrifying minutes, we watch how small mistakes snowball into crises that threaten the lives of seven ordinary London teenagers.” (COOKIES)
Miro Magazine ★★★★★
“Emily Jenkins’ Cookies sends an important message about the power of social media and its capacity to affect lives in the internet age.” (COOKIES)
The Scotsman ★★★★
“Jenkins’ lively writing manages to convey both light and dark: in this rather bleak world, there are moments of beauty and unexpected tenderness” (Rainbow)