Trish Cooke is currently the Writer in Residence at the Bush Theatre in London and the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Huddersfield. Trish writes for theatre, TV, film, radio and enjoys writing for both adults and children.
GRABBING THE TWILIGHT (2019) is Trish’s latest play and is set in the bedroom of a 50 year old woman at a crisis in her life- a surreal internal dialogue with herself as she reminisces on the life that got her to this point.
SO MUCH -the musical (2019-20) Leeds Playhouse have commissioned Trish to adapt her award winning picture book So Much into a musical.
LEFT HANGIN’ (2015) (performed at The Bush Theatre for the Black Lives, Black Words Initiative Chicago/London) explores the theme ‘death in police custody’ as a mother tries to come to terms with her son’s alleged suicide.
THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST – Christmas shows (2005-2017 ) – Trish has written 8 of Theatre Royal Stratford East’s successful Christmas shows including the Olivier nominated CINDERELLA in 2008
Trish was an EMMERDALE story liner – Emmerdale Writers’ Initiative ITV (2013).
DOCTORS (BBC TV) – LOOKING AFTER MUM (January 2006)
DOCTORS (BBC TV) – HARD TO SWALLOW (March 2005)
GET UP STAND UP (Bachacks for Channel 4) – Comedy sketches (1997)
BROTHERS AND SISTERS (BBC TV) – Episode 5 of Series One, produced by Charlie Hanson (1996)
PLAYDAYS – Felgate Productions for CBBC (1989-96)
THE REAL MCCOY (BBC TV) – Sketches (1994-5).
TWEENIES – One of original writers. Tell-Tale Productions for CBBC (1998/1999)
EASTENDERS (BBC TV) – Episode 630 for BBC 1 (Dir. Terry Iland) (1991)
Trish has recently been commissioned to write the CBeebies CHRISTMAS show (2020).
She has also written for JOJO & GRAN-GRAN – BBC Children’s Productions (2019).
TIME OUT – First Feedback, Yorkshire , Original screenplay – Finalist (2001/2)
WHERE AEROPLANES GO TO DIE – 10 minute Film – Screen Yorkshire Digital Shorts (2006) Cannes Film Festival (2007)
THOSE OLD METAL THINGS – 5 minute film, Screen Yorkshire Caught Short Focus scheme – (2004)
Writer in Residence, BBC North (2002/2003)
UNSPOKEN (BBC Radio Manchester) – An original 5-part drama serial for R4 (2002/3)
SINGLE PLUS ONE (BBC Radio Manchester) – An original 30-minute Afternoon Play for Radio 4 (2000)
THOSE OLD METAL THINGS (BBC Radio Manchester) – Original radio play produced by Pauline Harris and starring Cathy Tyson. Sunday Times Culture Section’s “Pick of the Day” (1999)
LUV DANCIN’ (BBC Radio Manchester) – Original radio play for R4 directed by Pauline Harris (1998)
Trish has written 20 children’s book including SO MUCH – (Walker Books) which won the 1994 Kurt Maschler Award, the Nestle Smarties Book Prize and the 1995 She/WHSmith’s Under Fives Book Prize. It was Highly Commended for the 1995 Kate Greenaway Medal and also won awards in France and South Africa. Trish’s latest book – TALES FROM THE CARIBBEAN was published by Penguin/Puffin in 2017.