Zoe Cooper

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Zoe is a playwright and theatre practitioner. She is currently 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.




ProducerFarnham Maltings & Orange Tree Theatre
DirectorDerek 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
DirectorMark Maughan

A play that centres around questions of homeland, memory and identity as two brothers meet in Gateshead after years apart

Developed for Telltale Theatre Co, Northern Stage and Live Theatre
DirectorRuth Johnson

Stage adaptation of Simon Bartram's children's picture book. 

UK Tour

A play about a grieving family that has to come to terms with death and each other's life choices

Commission from Live Theatre
If you hold your breath will everything go back to how it was?
In development with Oval House Theatre
DirectorMax Roberts
  • Chris Connel
  • Melanie Hill
  • Sam Neale
  • Laura Norton
    New play about how little we really know each other
    Live Theatre, Newcastle
    DirectorJane Fallowfield

    Adaptation of an August Strindberg play

    National Theatre Studio
    Oval House
    DirectorSteve Marmion & MAx Roberts
  • Tobi Bakare
  • Laura Elphinstone
  • Rufus Hound
  • Pamela Miles
    Part of a project of different writers showing their vision of a perfect world
    Soho Theatre/Live Theatre
    DirectorLisa Blair
    Royal Shakespeare Company
    Theatre 503
    Full-length play about environmental protest and what people are prepared to lose
    Short play about celebrity
    Theatre 503
    Rapid-response piece
    Theatre 503




    Feature film for Creative England's iWrite scheme