THE EMOJI PROJECT
The Hen & Chickens Theatre, Islington
Thursday 12th, Friday 13th & Saturday 14th August, 19:30 GMT
Tickets £12 from The Camden Fringe Festival
Live streamed with closed captions on
Sunday the 15th of August 18:00 GMT
Pay What You Want directly to contributing artists, link via Eventbrite
The Emoji Project is an intergenerational, participatory anthology of new writing responding to emojis as an ever-evolving, nuanced language.
Sean Wai Keung
Ariella Como Stoian
Sarah Louise Pearcey
Zygmund de Somogyi
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Sean Wai Keung is a poetry, performance and food maker based in Glasgow, Scotland. His work often uses food as a starting point for explorations of identity and migration. His poetry pamphlet ‘you are mistaken’ won the Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition 2016 and he has also released short-length work with Speculative Books. His first full length poetry collection, ‘sikfan glaschu’, was published by Verve Poetry Press in April 2021, and was described as “joyful, earnest and offering unexpected poignancies from everyday life” by The Scotsman .
As a performer, Sean has worked with organisations including the National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh Art Fair and Tramway. He has also written for the Vittles food newsletter about similarities between Glaswegian and Hong Kong food and has facilitated food-writing workshops for the Scottish BAME Writers Network, Renfrewshire Leisure and Glasgow University.
He holds a BA in Creative Writing from Roehampton University (2014) and an MA in Poetry from the University of East Anglia (2016) and his work has been published in journals including Gutter Mag, Ambit, SpamZine and Datableed. Full credits can be found via seanwaikeung.carrd.co
Ariella Como Stoian is a genderqueer playwright and theatre-maker who grew up between Romania, Australia and the UK, now based in NE London. Their play (dis)Solution - about aged care and agency - transferred to Subiaco Arts Centre, Perth for a critically acclaimed run with female-led company Tempest Theatre (2018). Ariella is Resident Dramaturg as well as a rep writer for accessible, site-specific theatre company Šite Productions in Greater London and was a founding member of the queer arts collective Sibils in Sydney.
Ariella’s recent work includes a live stream of their play FAILURE (2021) with Very Rascals Theatre, a sold-out New Writing Festival at the OSO Arts Centre (2019) as well as directurging new solo-show Mooncalf (writ. Nell Barlow) for the Camden People’s Theatre (2019), previously at the Blue Elephant Theatre (2018).
Ariella creates theatre through a feminist lens that centres joyful, queer stories, exploring themes of care/health, grief, embodiment, the uncanny and speculative futures. They’ve worked with Playwriting Australia, Griffin Theatre Co., the Sydney Mardi Gras, Old 505 Theatre, Milk Crate Theatre and are currently the SYC Lab Assistant for Soho Theatre Company. Ariella recently finished an MFA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Tilney Brune is an American theatre maker, writer, and producer focused on producing new work and exploring physicality in various mediums. She has worked previously in casting and production for film and theatre In Virginia, New York, and Chicago. A graduate of L’école Jacques Lecoq, she specializes in physical theatre and devised work. She is also a founding member of Distracted Rat productions and a recent graduate of the MFA in Writing for Performance and Broadcast Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Will Jarvis is a writer, producer, director and actor based in London. Since finishing his Writing MA at RCSSD, he's been writing scripts, working at Battersea Arts Centre, been a resident Panto Player at the OSO and written and directed 'The Clockwork Arms'. Will is a Creative Producer at 'Distracted Rat Productions' and is currently Head of Content at Vidi Guides, a travel podcast production startup. Will has previously worked on projects at Theatre503, Stratford Arts House, the Boulevard Theatre, OSO Arts Centre and recently won an award for a short film shot during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jalice Corral is a Puerto Rican-American writer and stand-up comic from Baltimore. Since finishing her master’s degree at RCSSD, she became a member of the 2019/2020 Soho Writer’s Lab. She also is a member of the stand-up group, Mumsn3t Comedy Collective, with whom she performs at The Apple Tree. Her work has been performed at the University of Jacksonville, Trafalgar Studios, Matchstick Pie House, and a variety of festivals.
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Phoebe McIntosh is a writer and actor from London. She graduated from Arts Ed in 2008, but not content with the roles she was seeing, she began writing her own plays. She wrote, produced and performed in a sell-out run of her debut play, The Tea Diaries, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013. In 2018, she co-produced her solo show Dominoes with Black Theatre Live and the Lighthouse Arts Centre Poole as an associate artist before touring London, the South East and Edinburgh, receiving 4- and 5-star reviews and calls for a multi-character adaptation. She is currently adapting the play into a novel and developing original ideas for a TV serial and feature film.
Phoebe has recently completed the Soho Writers’ Lab programme. Her play THE SOON LIFE came HIGHLY COMMENDED on the Tony Craze Award shortlist 2020.
Farokh Soltani is a sound-maker, writer, and teacher. Before moving to the UK, he worked in theatre, film and TV in his native Iran, trying everything from writing for hit sitcom Mosaferan (2009-10), to winning a special Jury Prize at the Tehran Short Film Festival for co-writing The Project (2006), to creating sound and music for a range of theatre productions and one particularly annoying mobile phone ad.
He is currently a Lecturer in Writing for Media and Performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where his research has focused on philosophies of drama, non-Western narrative forms, and audio and radio drama practices.
His book on this last subject, Radio/Body, was published by Manchester University Press in 2020. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, talking about himself in the third person, and nothing else.
James Ireland is a gender nonconforming playwright/theatremaker based in London and Dublin. They recently graduated from the MA Writing programme at the RCA, where they researched actionable allyship in theatre producing. Previous writing includes productions at The Arcola, Pleasance, and Theatre Deli (London), as well as The New Theatre and Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. Their play Rajesh and Naresh (written from a devised process with members of the Queer British Asian community in London) will be streaming digitally throughout August as part of this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Aditya Manivannan is a London-based writer who has worked on a number of small projects over the past few years. His first project was working on 'STORIES: Exploring Matters of the Young Mind', an anthology play about teenagers and young adults produced by the Burnt Orange Theatre Company, where he wrote the section 'Little Big Problems', before collaborating with them again on the 'Epidemic' Project, which focused on life during Covid. Following this, he also completed a BFI Film Academy Course in early 2021, due to an interest in film and directing. In his spare time, he enjoys working on scripts of his own, and hopes to work on more projects in both the film and theatre industries.
Alastair Gibbons is a London based writer and venture capitalist. He completed a degree in Creative Writing, Theatre & Performance at Roehampton University (2017) where he wrote, directed and produced the comedy-sketch show 'Goggle-box'. He published his first novel, 'Hazardous Money' in 2019, and he has written three plays for theatre - 'Festival' (2020), 'Recycled Lives' (2021) and 'Five to Nine'. Previous studio theatre work has included writing, acting and directing short plays and sketches.
Susie MacDonald is a director and co-founded Elephant Talk Theatre: devised theatre addressing the elephant in the room. Elephant Talk Theatre are currently producing an ACE Funded R&D in partnership with Applecart Arts of their 5-star show ‘Finding Percy Erebus’ to tour in 2022. Recently, Susie directed ‘Your Unfortunate Servants’, a radio play centring on the plight of Welsh paupers in the 19th Century, written in residence at The National Archives, in collaboration with In Their Own Write: a research team funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Gabriel Harris is a theatre-maker and drag artist, currently studying Writing for Performance at RCSSD. His work is often drawn from exploring identity, masculinity, and class, often through a queer, surrealist lens. He is currently a member of National Youth Theatre and has previously worked with the Soho Theatre Young Company and Arcola Academy.
As a drag artist, Gabriel is the current reigning winner of the UK’s most chaotic drag competition, The Gold Rush. He also staged his first full length solo show, Indy Nile’s Big Dick Energy at Theatre Deli in 2019.
Annys Whyatt is a director and theatre-maker originally from Bristol now based in London. Since moving to London, she has worked with a number of theatres and companies such as: The Old Vic, The Bunker, The Space Theatre and The New York Theatre Workshop.
She became resident director of Somna Theatre Company in 2019 and directed The Pitchfork Disney (Ovalhouse, 2019), Infinity Land (The Pleasance/London Horror Festival, 2019) and There’s a Man in the Woods (The Space, 2019).
In 2019, she was nominated for an Off West End Award for Threshold as part of the Camden Fringe Festival.
In 2020 Annys worked with The Old Vic as part of the Education and Community team, contributing and working on all their projects.
Annys is also a recipient of the Ignite 2021 award and is currently developing The Sleep Project - her passion project of fusing neuroscience and theatre while raising awareness the importance of sleep health.
Zygmund de Somogyi (b. 1996, London) is a British-Filipino composer, artist, and performer based between the UK and Germany. He is currently pursuing a Masters at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, studying with Ed Bennett, Joe Cutler, and Howard Skempton.
Zygmund’s music explores highly expressive themes of escapism, reverie, and interdisciplinary performance, with his nonclassical background and punk rock upbringing greatly informing his practice as a composer. His work has recently been performed and workshopped by ensembles such as Quatuor Bozzini, Fidelio Trio, Thallein Ensemble, and Tresonant. Zygmund has released three studio albums, and written music for ThinkTank Planetarium, OSO Arts Centre, and Chris Hadfield’s Rare Earth.
Zygmund is the founder of online magazine PRXLUDES — with the goals of giving young composers the opportunity to talk about their work on a public platform, and fostering a network of young practitioners of new music from across the musical landscape. He openly has Asperger’s Syndrome, and helps run an online network for autistic musicians and creatives.