THE EMOJI PROJECT
(WITH DISTRACTED RAT)

The Emoji Project is an intergenerational, participatory anthology of new writing responding to emojis as an ever-evolving, nuanced language. In my first venture with UK-USA new writing organisation Distracted Rat, we assembled a team of writers, actors, directors, composers, and creatives to consider our use of digitised communication and to imagine what emojis we'd still like to see.

The Emoji Project premiered from 14-16 August 2021 at The Hen and Chickens Theatre as part of Camden Fringe Festival, to sold-out audiences. A livestreamed version is available to watch, and the music tracks are available to stream individually on Soundcloud.

We use emojis to befriend; show love; make laugh; describe ourselves. They make people feel seen, they’re a mark of progress, they’re political, they spark real world debate and are altered in response to real world events. The crying-laughing-face emoji was the 2015 Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year and in 2020, as words grew wearied, Apple developed a range of bespoke pandemic emojis to reflect our “new normal”.

Emojis allow us to creatively share our experience, but what words in this collaborative, living language are still missing?

“An engaging topic creatively considered”

~Mariam Mathew (London Pub Theatres)

“...something urgent, profound and timely to say”

~Lou Penn (Lou Reviews)

Cast and performers:

Writers:

Sean Wai Keung

Ariella Como Stoian

Tilney Brune

Jalice Corral

Will Jarvis

Phoebe McIntosh

Farokh Soltani

James Ireland

Alastair Gibbons

Aditya Manivannan


Directors:

Susie MacDonald

Gabriel Harris

Annys Whyatt

Performers:

Laura Rea

Ingrid Marsh

Sarah Louise Pearcey

Oliver Lyndon

Kadine Fontaine

Octavia Fox

James Aldred

Casey Jones

Composer - Zygmund de Somogyi

Technical Manager - Seb Clarkson
Videography - Callum Hale-Thomson
Photography - Lidia Crisafulli

Premiere at The Hen and Chickens Theatre as part of Camden Fringe Festival, 14-16 August 2021.

Shows (in order of appearance):

Introduction

Written by ariella como stoian - Featuring James Aldred, Kadine Fontaine, Oliver Lyndon, Octavia Fox, Laura Rea, Sarah Pearcey Louise, Casey Jones & Ingrid Marsh ​ 

Monkey 1

Written by Tilney Brune - Featuring Kadine Fontaine & James Aldred

In An Emoticon Nation

Written by sean wai keung - Featuring Octavia Fox, Oliver Lyndon, Casey Jones, Kadine Fontaine & Sarah Pearcey Lousie

REDUX 1

Written by - Farokh Soltani Featuring Kadine Fontaine, James Aldred, Oliver Lyndon, Octavia Fox & Laura Rea 

TEFL (Teaching Emoji as a Foreign Language)

Written by Phoebe McIntosh - Featuring Ingrid Marsh, Sarah Louise Pearcey, Octavia Fox, Laura Rea & James Aldred ​ 

:)

Written by Will Jarvis - Featuring Oliver Lyndon, James Aldred, Kadine Fontaine & Octavia Fox​ 

Monkey 4

Written by Tilney Brune - Featuring Oliver Lyndon, Octavia Fox, Laura, Rea, James Aldred, Casey Jones & Kadine Fontaine

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DATE

Written by Aditya Manivannan - Featuring Casey Jones, Laura Rea & James Aldred 

Monkey 2

Written by Tilney Brune - Featuring James Aldred & Casey Jones 

REDUX 2

Written by Farokh Soltani Featuring James Aldred, Kadine Fontaine, Oliver Lyndon, Octavia Fox, Laura Rea & Sarah Pearcey Louise

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Happy or Sad?

Written by Alastair Gibbons Featuring Gabriel Harris & Ingrid Marsh

 

REDUX 3

Written by Farokh Soltani Featuring James Aldred, Kadine Fontaine, Oliver Lyndon, Octavia Fox, Laura Rea, Sarah Pearcey Louise, Casey Jones & Ingrid Marsh ​ 

Emoji Gameshow

Written by Jalice Corral Featuring James Aldred, Kadine Fontaine & Sarah Louise Pearcey 

Monkey 3

Written by Tilney Brune Featuring Oliver Lyndon & Laura Rea 

Lobster Emoji Written by James Ireland - Featuring Sarah Louise Pearcey

you wake up/octopus

Written by ariella como stoian - Featuring James Aldred, Kadine Fontaine, Oliver Lyndon, Octavia Fox, Laura Rea, Sarah Pearcey Louise & Casey Jones

Interested in collaborating? Get in touch!