Trish Cooke

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, twin granddaughters and a grandson. She lives in Bradford with her husband and runs creative writing workshops in schools. She is currently the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Huddersfield and patron for the Leeds based theatre company Alive and Kicking. She lives in Bradford with her husband and runs creative writing workshops in schools.