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Mary Cooper

MARY COOPER

  

Nationality:    British
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Mary Cooper has written extensively for stage, radio and television. Her work for the stage has been performed and/or commissioned by companies throughout england and Wales including eastern angles, Red Ladder, theatr Powys, theatr Clwyd, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, action Transport, Watford Palace, Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke and Remould Theatre, Hull. Her stage play for M6 Theatre Company Breathing Space, was performed at the Toronto Young People's Theatre Festival in May 2003 where it was nominated for a DORa award. Wobbly eggs, her first radio play, was short-listed for the Richard Imison award and the Mental Health in the Media awards. Since 1997 she has written six single plays for BBC Radio 4 and a ten-part series Such Sweet Possession. For television, alarmed, written with Peter Spafford was a winner in the Granada/Yorkshire Television New Voices Scheme. She is currently working with Tutti Frutti productions and Clean Break Theatre as well as continuing to work with M6 Theatre Company.

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        Blending In         Breathing Space         Close To Home         Close to the Bone         Deadly         Forever         Glory         Grandpa's Railway         Grass         Head On         Heartgame         Heart-Throb         Mixed Blessings         Pinocchio         Spark         Village Life, A         Weighed Down



Blending In

Synopsis:
Story of a Jamaican singer working as a midwife in rural east anglia.

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1st Produced:
Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, essex    01 Oct 1996

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Breathing Space

Synopsis:
Two families on the run. What happens when their worlds collide? Danny and his mum are hiding in a strange town, scraping by, fearful to answer the phone or open the door. Kosovan asylum seekers Zara and Marina move in next door. On the surface they seem very different, but they have far more in common than they suspect.

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nominated for A DORa Award

1st Produced:
Arts Depot, London    08 Nov 2002

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Close To Home

Close To Home
Jay's little sister is pregnant and he's livid; but who's he going to punish?

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a series of short, single voice plays by writers based in the North West of england. these powerful, contemporary monologues share the struggles, courage, conflicts And joys of different characters facing difficult decisions in their lives. Developed through consultation with young people, they offer A range of Authentic, memorable voices to stimulate discussion And participatory Drama work.

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Genre:
short monologue

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  17 year old boy

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Close to the Bone

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1st Produced:
Warehouse Theatre Croydon, Dingwall Road Croydon CR0 2NF    1987

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Deadly

Synopsis:
Satan has tired of hell and wants a peaceful life back in heaven, but, in order to do so a good deed must be done. along comes Cynthia who signs a contract with the Devil to allow the Dark Ruler of Hell' to assist her in winning the love of her life, Nathan. But will all go to plan for this unlikely duo?

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by Mary Cooper And Donna Lesley Price

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Kick Theatre

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Genre:
One act

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Forever

Synopsis:
Gemma and Liam were together forever. then baby came along. the trouble with Baby was not just that he cried and dirtied nappies. the trouble with Baby was that he STOLe: time, money energy and love - GEmma's energy and sense of fun. Liam's space in bed. and no-one else seemed to notice. they all thought Baby was so cute. Forever is a poignant and funny play about parenting. It explores the effect of a child on the lives of two young people and the effects of the two young people on the life of a child. Forever has been specially written for audiences of 14+.

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Youth play

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Glory

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1st Produced:
-    1994

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theatr Powys

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Grandpa's Railway

Synopsis:
Imagine a railway that fits in one room But travels the world in just one afternoon. A toot of the whistle, a hiss of the steam A tale of adventures, surprises and dreams! From the team behind the highly acclaimed Sunflowers and Sheds and Mavis Sparkle, comes M6's brand new original production for children and families. Featuring live music, a working model railway and a coachload of surprises, our playful characters embark on an evocative journey that explores the past, illuminates the present and lays new tracks for the future. . .

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M6 Theatre Company

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TYA

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Grass

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Contained in: "Taking Issue, Three Playwrights and a Theatre Company" published by alumnus   -

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Youth play

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Head On

Synopsis:
Carl's in hospital, terrified of the outside world and desperately trying to persuade to doctors to let him stay. Gina's just sorted out her life, got a new flat and, for the first time in her life, has the support of her family. Now all she has to do is convince the court to let her keep her children. And middle-class university student James is facing a sentence of up to 25 years for dealing Class As. What will he tell his parents? Drawn from the lives and experiences of local people, Head On is a series of six monologues which examine the issues, fears and attitudes to drugs that face young people and their families. An extraordinary piece of writing, it tackles difficult issues with compassion, realism and humour to create a moving and compelling evening of theatre

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Heartgame

Synopsis:
language emerges as a central metaphor for the cultural mix of the protagonists' lives

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translated by Mohammed Abdullah

1st Produced:
Soho Poly Theatre, London    1988

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1st Published:
in "Plays By Women Vol.8" Methuen, London, 1990   -

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Genre:
Bi lingual play Play/Drama

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Heart-Throb

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1st Produced:
Soho Poly, London    1988

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Mixed Blessings

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1st Produced:
-    1994

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Red Ladder Theatre Company

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Pinocchio

Synopsis:
Moss Side in the 1970s. the year of the heat-wave. Radio music, laughter, heat zizzing off the walls. We're in a toy-shop, but this is no ordinary toy-shop. . .In this toy-shop piled with junk, where the old, worn-out and discarded is given new life, nothing becomes something, rubbish becomes beautiful, and anything is possible. Barely discernable figures are strung around the walls. Slowly but surely one of them starts to twitch into life. . .This is a version of Pinocchio like no other, featuring a top-class body-popper, music, dance and puppetry. It has been created by the fantastic Manchester-based theatre-maker,hip-hop artist and choreographer Benji Reid.

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Mary Cooper, after Carlo Collodi

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Z-Arts & Breaking Cycles

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TYA

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Spark

Synopsis:
Makina noticed the bag first, Edward picked it up. Ryan said they should give it back. Rachel said they should keep it. Four young people open the bag and the spark is set alight, Edward's mum thinks he's dealing. Ryan's dad thinks he's stealing. Sakina's mum tells her to stay home and help. Rachel's step-dad calls her a tart. and no one is telling the truth. Using a specially composed soundtrack and a highly visually symbolic approach, Spark tells a powerful, emotional story of young people on the process of change.

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1st Produced:
Old Rep, Birmingham, West Midlands    31 Mar 2004

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Village Life, A

Synopsis:
Village Life examines the highs and lows of rural living through the eyes of a couple who retire to the fictitious village of aldale. the story centres on Margaret, who loves aldale; the idyllic village she remembers from childhood holidays with her grandma. But when she and husband Colin retire there and attempt to lead aldale into the Best Village' competition she begins to realise there's more to rural life than she'd imagined.

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1st Produced:
Playhouse, alnwick, Northumberland    40233

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Weighed Down

Weighed Down
When Claire's dad left, she thought that he was all she would lose.

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written by Carla Monvid-Jenkinson/ Mary Cooper. A series of short, single voice plays by writers based in the North West of england. these powerful, contemporary monologues share the struggles, courage, conflicts And joys of different characters facing difficult decisions in their lives. Developed through consultation with young people, they offer A range of Authentic, memorable voices to stimulate discussion And participatory Drama work.

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Genre:
short monologue

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  1 girl

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