The Joy of Text


The world's greatest actors performing the world's funniest text conversations

We all have seen, read, (and screenshot) that funny, tragic or tragically funny text conversation on our phones. It might be an epic neighbourhood whatsapp drama about the recycling bins, or a toe curling apology after accidentally sending “Hey babe you up?” to your Mum at 3am.

Monday, 25th of April, 2022 at 7.30pm
Prices from £20.00
(plus £3.65 transaction fee)

The Joy of Text

Text Submissions

If you would like a text conversation to be considered for The Joy of Text performance, please submit it to [email protected] by April 22nd 2022. You can send your screengrabs of great exchanges or type them out. Let us know if you want to change any names to protect the innocent!

By submitting a text conversation to [email protected], you (a) agree to the conversation being performed, in whole or in part, at the event, (b) confirm that you have all necessary rights and consents to authorise such performance and (c) acknowledge that the producers of the event are not under any obligation to include the conversation or any part of it in the event.

Inspired by an hilarious exchange between her Mum and Brother that she has kept on her phone for years, film and theatre director Josie Rourke puts together a fast, raucous and breathtaking “I can't believe you typed that” evening in support of the Platform Presents Playwrights Prize. The evening is produced by Isabella Macpherson of Platform Presents and Amy Gardner of Finite Films.

The growing cast includes Aki Omoshaybi, Catherine Tate, Denise Gough, Dougray Scott, Indira Varma, Iwan Rheon, Tamsin Greig, Nicholas Pinnock, Pearl Mackie and Pippa Bennett-Warner, with more coming on board each day in the run up to the night.

Rourke and her co-producers Isabella Macpherson of Platform Presents and Amy Gardner of Finite Films are today issuing a call for members of the public to send in their funniest and most cherished text messages in the hope they will be included in the evening.* And as part of the night's fun, on the 25th April, guests at the Savoy Theatre people will have the chance to bid to have their favourite text exchanges performed by some of our leading actors.

Previous stars supporting Platform Presents work with emerging playwrights include: Juliet Stevenson, Joely Richardson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tobias Menzies, Ben Whishaw, Harry Treadaway, Denise Gough, Nicholas Pinnock, Romola Garai, Paapa Essiedu, Dougray Scott, Genevieve O'Reilly, Kyle Soller, Fisayo Akinade, Sebastian de Souza, Jade Anouka, Danny Kirrane, Phoebe Fox, Jaime Winstone, Sir John Standing, George Mackay, Tuppence Middleton, Grace Savage, James Massiah, Alexandra Roach, Ollie Feather, Florence Welch, Lindsay Duncan, Tom Stoppard, Ken Loach, Gemma Arterton, Jack Farthing, Dianna Agron, Tamsin Greig, Indira Varma, Freddie Fox, Jeremy Irvine, Patrick Kennedy, Holliday Grainger, Jasmine Lee-Jones, LionHeart, Luke Treadaway, Rhys Ifans and Alice Eve.