Trish Cooke is a playwright and children’s book writer. In 1988 Trish was awarded the Thames TV Theatre Writers Award and was writer-in-residence at Liverpool Playhouse. Her first stage play Back Street Mammy, about teenage pregnancy, was produced by Temba Theatre Company at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1989 and then by the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 1991. That same year she wrote for EastEnders (BBC). Her second play Running Dream was performed at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1993, a story about three Dominican sisters and the effects of diaspora. This musical play is written in English and French creole.
Between 1988 and 1996 Trish was a presenter and scriptwriter on Playdays (BBC) and her children’s book, So Much (Walker Books 1994), won the Smarties Book Prize; the Kurt Maschler Award and the W H Smith and She Magazine Award. The book was voted one of the 100 best children’s books by Time Out in 2016.
From 2002 to 2003 Trish was writer-in-residence at BBC North. She has written several plays for BBC Radio, including a mini-series called Unspoken. Her television work includes writing for Doctors (BBC, 2004/5) and she was a storyliner for Emmerdale (Yorkshire Television, 2013).
Trish has written a string of five-star pantomimes for the Theatre Royal Stratford East, including Cinderella (2008) the first panto to be nominated for an Olivier award and Rapunzel (2017/18) which broke all box office records at the same theatre and won the Best British Pantomime Award 2018 for best musical supervision. In 2015, Left Hangin’ (Trish’s play based on a true story, about the alleged suicide of a young black man) was performed at the Bush Theatre for Black Lives, Black Words.
Trish has two sons and twin granddaughters. She lives in Bradford with her husband and runs creative writing workshops in schools.
2017 RAPUNZEL (Theatre Royal Stratford East).
RAPUNZEL broke all box office records at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and Trish along with Robert Hyman (composer) won the best musical supervision award for their creation of original songs.
2015 LEFT HANGIN’ (Black Lives, Black Words Initiative Chicago/London).
2015 ROBIN HOOD (Theatre Royal Stratford East).
2013 DICK WHITTINGTON (Theatre Royal Stratford East).
2011 CINDERELLA (Theatre Royal Stratford East).
2010 RED RIDING HOOD (Commissioned by Theatre Royal Stratford East).
2009 ALADDIN (Commissioned by Theatre Royal Stratford East).
2007 CINDERELLA (Commissioned by Theatre Royal Stratford East, Book and Lyrics). Nominated for the LAURENCE OLIVIER AWARD for Outstanding Contribution in an Affiliate Theatre.
2007 ANANSI TRADES PLACES (Commissioned by Talawa Theatre Company, Book and Lyrics).
2005 PINOCCHIO (Commissioned by Theatre Royal Stratford East, Book and Lyrics).
2003/4 HIDDEN WORLDS (Commissioned by Theatre Royal Stratford East, Books and Lyrics).
1996 RUNNING DREAM (Peoples Action Theatre, Dominica; Dir. Alwin Bully).
1996 GULP FICTION (Theatre Royal Stratford, Director/Writer).
1995 GULP FICTION (Civic Theatre, Peckham, Director/Writer).
1995 Ooops INSIDE HER HEAD (Commissioned by Royal Court).
1995 LOVE THEM TO DEATH (Commissioned by West Yorkshire Playhouse).
1993 RUNNING DREAM (Theatre Royal Stratford, Dir. Olusola Oyuleye).
1991 BACK STREET MAMMY (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Dir. Burt Caesar).
1989 BACK STREET MAMMY (Lyric Hammersmith, Dir. Paulette Randall).
1989 RUNNING DREAM (Albany Empire, Dir. Deborah Rose).
1989 SHOPPIN’ PEOPLE (Liverpool Playhouse, Dir. Kate Rowland).
TV AND RADIO
2013 EMMERDALE storyliner (Emmerdale Writers’ Initiative, ITV).
2011 I’M UNDER 3, SING WITH ME (DVD for new parents in Bradford, Bradford Early Years).
2007 3 STORIES FOR BBC SCHOOLS TOGETHER PROGRAMME (Directed by Jo Daykin).
2006 WHERE AEROPLANES GO TO DIE (Screen Yorkshire Digital Shorts). Shown at the CANNES FESTIVAL in May 2007.
2006 DOCTORS (BBC TV) – LOOKING AFTER MUM broadcast January 2006.
2005 DOCTORS (BBC TV) – HARD TO SWALLOW broadcast March 2005.
2004 THOSE OLD METAL THINGS – 5 minute film (Screen Yorkshire Caught Short Focus scheme).
2003/4 FLIP FLOPS (BBC TV). Commissioned to write scripts for new preschool series.
2002/3 UNSPOKEN (BBC Radio Manchester). Original 5-part drama serial for Radio 4.
2002 SINGLE VOICES SR 2 (Carlton). Commissioned to write a script for adult comedy strand.
2001/2 TIME OUT (First Feedback, Yorkshire). Original screenplay for First Feedback scheme.
2001/2 Writing Bursary for BBC North. During 6-month scheme, developed a number of original drama and comedy ideas with various in-house producers.
2001 VELMA LU (BBC TV). Treatment and pilot script for an original children’s comedy drama series idea written as part of a BBC New Writing Initiative’s Children’s Comedy Drama scheme.
2000 SINGLE PLUS ONE (BBC Radio Manchester). Original 30-minute Afternoon Play for Radio 4.
2000 MAGS & MO (Peak Viewing Transatlantic Productions). 5 x 10-minute episodes for preschool series for international sale.
1999 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”.
1998/99 TWEENIES (BBC TV) – One of original writers. 10 x 19-minute episodes for the hugely successful pre-school series produced by Tell-Tale Productions for CBBC.
1998 LUV DANCIN’ (BBC Radio Manchester) – Original radio play for R4 directed by Pauline Harris.
1997 GET UP STAND UP (Bachacks/Channel 4). Comedy sketches.
1997 SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT (BBC Schools Radio).
1997 THE HARRIET TUBMAN STORY (BBC Radio 4).
1996 BROTHERS AND SISTERS (BBC TV). Series 1 Episode 5.
1996 MARY’S LIGHT (BBC Radio 4).
1994/5 THE REAL MCCOY (BBC1). Sketches.
1991 WE EXPECT RESPECT (BBC Radio 4).
1991 EASTENDERS (BBC 1). Episode 630, Dir. Terry Iland.
1990/91 YOU AND ME (BBC Schools TV).
1990 SELECTING FOR QUALITY (BBC Open University).
1991 A SOCIAL AFFAIR (Illustra Films)
1989-96 PLAYDAYS (Felgate Productions/CBBC, Writer)
AWARDS AND BURSARIES
Trish Cooke is patron for the Alive and Kicking Theatre Company.
2002/3 BBC North Writer-in-Residence.
2001 Yorkshire First Feedback Screenwriting Won a place of the Yorkshire First Feedback Screenwriting course with her script TIME OUT.
2001 Won a place of BBC Children’s Comedy Drama Course with her script VELMA LU.
2000 Won a place on a course at the Northern Film School in Script Development for Short Films.
1999 Won a place on the BBC’s Popular Drama Series Workshop run by BBC Drama’s New writing Initiative.
1999 TAPS Writer’s Showcase (Yorkshire Television) – Trish won a place on this weekend and developed a script for a 10-minute film.
1999 Northern Film School – Won place on 13-week course in Script Development for Short Film.
1992-94 WHERE AEROPLANES GO TO DIE (Short film with Leda Serene funded by BFI Script Development).
1992 Second Wave Youth Theatre Writer-in-Residence (Albany Empire, London).
1988/89 Writer in Residence at Liverpool Playhouse.
1982 JUST A SPRING CHICKEN (Pilot/Film funded by Yorkshire Arts).