Marie Cooper – Norfolk Actor and Playwright

Marie Cooper

Marie Cooper taken on 9 January 2022

Norwich Actor & Writer


June 2022

  • Auditioned this month for a stage play. Should hear back within a couple of weeks.
  • Had new professional headshots taken this month by photographer Nic Skerten.
  • Received some feedback on my first 300 words of my novel this month by author Ian Ayris. All edits/suggestions were gratefully received and Incredibly useful. Although I now have the terror of just how much editing a full novel is going to need when I have completed it and how long that might take.
  • Wrote an inital synopsis. Still needs fleshing out but the beginning middle and end are there.
  • I have new business cards. Yes, this fills me with glee.

Marie Cooper Rejected by Arts Council England

I felt upset, disappointed and let down to be rejected for my first ever Arts Council funding application. I am going ahead with my project regardless. Ahead of schedule, but alone, with no funding, no mentor, and no support. I am used to it. But it is still a punch in the gut to be excluded… again. I will be tracking and updating on my progress as I go.

Imperfect Storms. An Evening of Work by Members of The Writers’ Guild

Sketch of paper and pens overwritten with "Imperfect Storms. New work written by members of the East Anglian members of The Writers' Guild. Norwich Theatre. Stage 2. Thursday 28 April 2022

On Thursday 28th April my short screenplay As the Crow Flies was performed at Norwich Theatre Stage 2. The evening consisted of new works by East Anglian members of The Writers’ Guild.

The writing I submitted was a small taster of the next project I am working on. I will be writing the story into a novel over the next few months.

  • March was a busy month for roleplays. I was also working hard at putting together my application to Arts Council England for funding for a new and exciting creative adventure.
A girl sitting in the middle of the road depicting the screenplay Acoustic by Marie Cooper

Acoustic – A Horror Screenplay

Acoustic received an Honorary Mention by the Frights! Camera! Action! Screenplay and Film Contest on 31st Jan 2022

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  • I am working with the Online Norwich Film Festival Screening Committee this year, watching and feeding back on potential films to be judged for NFF2022 later in the year.
  • I’ve been amazed and full of joy to receive some wonderful recommendations for some of my playwriting over on the New Play Exchange over the past few months. The most recent of which was for my short Brechtian inspired play The Elbow Grease Strategy. A timely look at the problems in society of cost of living, lack of quality/affordable housing and underpaid work.

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Stage Plays by Marie Cooper

  • First review of the Jade Palace from the New Play Exchange
  • A quote box featuring a review of The Elbow Grease Strategy
  • Phone with text review of Unlocked, an audio play by Norfolk playwright Marie Cooper written on it
  • A gun with text beside it of a review of the monologue, Six written by Marie Cooper
  • Cat with text review of Norfolk Actor's play Cat Sick
  • A flame beside a text review of Cat Sick. A short play by Norfolk writer Marie Cooper

Latest Writing and Acting Projects

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Check out my previous work over on my acting portfolio. page. I have worked on a range of productions for theatre including Shakespeare, Noel Coward and portraying Margaret Thatcher in Moira Buffini’s ‘Handbagged’, to being one of Santa’s Elves for Santa’s visit at Christmas, a Halloween rat and Promenade Street theatre narrator/lead.

Medical Roleplay

I work regularly as a simulated patient / medical role-player to assist students in their communications training.

Film and Television

I occasionally work with filmmaking students at the Norwich University of the Arts, acting in short student films and have also recorded a voiceover for a documentary-style film.

I also work as a background artist. If you have a sharp eye, you might spot me in a TV series or few, in American documentary series on channels such as CNN and Discovery ID.

If you are looking for actors in Norwich or the Norfolk region, or thereabouts, get in touch.

Equally, if you’re looking for a supporting artist in Norfolk, (Yes, I do that too. A girl’s gotta eat, you know), then message me…

Awards 2019

Marie was awarded an Arts Council Funded Free Read with The Literary Consultancy, by the National Centre for Writing in Norwich

Marie was awarded ‘The Prize for Outstanding Performance by a Creative Entrepreneurship MA Student‘ by the Interdisciplinary Institute of the Humanities at the University of East Anglia

Diverse Background

I have been incredibly fortunate to have had diverse experience in work and play, providing me with a range of skills, from working as a Paintball Marshall, competing in semi-pro sup-air paintball tournaments, martial arts (Shotokan and Taekwondo) and corporate boxing, working in the Special Constabulary, climbing and mountain biking.

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Born in Norwich, Norfolk, Marie Cooper performs around the East Anglian area of the UK and beyond. She started her acting career in open-air theatre in the beautiful parks and green spaces of Norfolk.

She completed the Norwich Theatre Royal acting course and rapidly and voraciously grew her varied portfolio of acting work. She has been incredibly fortunate to train with The John Wright Clowning School, Berlin’s TheatreFragile, Teatro Strappato and had voice and movement training with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Marie completed her Master’s degree in Creative Entrepreneurship at the University of East Anglia in Norwich in 2018.

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