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Zoe Cooper



Jonathan Kinnersley

Zoe is a playwright and theatre practitioner. Her most recent play, JESS AND JOE FOREVER, won her the Most Promising Playwright Award at the Off West End Awards 2017 and was longlisted for the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award for its production at the Orange Tree Theatre. It then went on a UK Tour, and recently played at the Traverse during the Edinburgh Festival 2017. It is receiving a production at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough from 25th October. Tickets available here.

★★★★ “If Zoe Cooper’s play looks like a country boy meets city girl story, it springs a whole heap of surprises before it’s done.” Matt Trueman, WhatsOnStage

★★★★ “This is a small play with a big heart, a romantic comedy that’s genuinely funny but also unexpectedly powerful.” Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

★★★★ “very wise, very funny – and feels utterly authentic.” Miriam Gillinson, Time Out 

★★★★ “quirky, funny, moving and theatrically thrilling – a small play that packs a great emotional punch…it is Cooper’s choice of theatrical form that raises this small story to sublime heights.” Aleks Sierz, The Arts Desk

★★★★ “The lightness of touch and splashes of humour quietly, charmingly, deftly coalesce into heartrending and heartwarming beauty.” Tim Bano, The Stage

She is currently participating in The Big Room, which is a scheme for 5 established playwrights to create work for larger audiences. It is run by Paines Plough and Fiery Angel. Zoe is also completing a PhD at Newcastle University, where she also lectures on drama. Zoe took the M Phil in Playwriting at the University of Birmingham and was on the Royal Court Young Writers Programme. She worked as literary assistant at Hampstead Theatre and her plays Nativities and Petrification were developed and produced at Live Theatre in 2012 and 2016 respectively.


Jess and Joe Forever
Producer Farnham Maltings & Orange Tree Theatre
Director Derek Bond
Commission from Old Vic New Voices as part of their TS Eliot Exchange project.
Winner of the Most Promising Playwright Award at the Off West End Awards 2017
Orange Tree Theatre, UK Tour, Traverse Theatre

Director Mark Maughan
Developed for Telltale Theatre Co, Northern Stage and Live Theatre

Man on the Moon
Director Ruth Johnson
Stage adaptation of Simon Bartram’s children’s picture book.
UK Tour

Wolf Pack
Commission from Live Theatre

Learning How to Swim
In development with Oval House Theatre

Director Max Roberts
Live Theatre, Newcastle

The Father
Director Jane Fallowfield
Adaptation of an August Strindberg play
National Theatre Studio

Oval House

Director Steve Marmion & MAx Roberts
Soho Theatre/Live Theatre

Director Lisa Blair
Royal Shakespeare Company

Silent Night
Theatre 503

Short play about celebrity
Theatre 503

The Interview
Rapid-response piece
Theatre 503


Creative England film
Feature film for Creative England’s iWrite scheme

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