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Local Talent Marie Cooper Cast as Julian’s Maid, Sarah, in Heartwarming Audio Play: ‘Julian of Norwich: An Audio Drama Celebration

Julain of Norwich

Anticipation is building as the upcoming UK audio play, “Julian of Norwich: An Audio Drama Celebration,” as it announces its stellar cast. Among the talented actors taking part in this heartwarming production is Marie Cooper, who will portray the role of Sarah, Julian’s devoted maid. The play, currently in production, is expected to captivate audiences with its enchanting storytelling and authentic performances.

“Julian of Norwich: An Audio Drama Celebration” is a poignant tribute to the life and teachings of Julian of Norwich, the medieval Christian mystic and theologian. The play has garnered significant interest, as evidenced by its successful crowdfunding campaign, which highlights the community’s support for local theatre projects.

Jill Korn, the driving force behind this production, expressed excitement about the project, stating, “We have put together a very talented team of local actors to bring this story to life. They are Zanna Foley-Davies, Marie Cooper, Jamie Willimott, Sophie Blythe, Simon Michael-Morgan and Joanna Swan. We can’t wait to hear them as they record in a sound studio in Norwich in August.”

The creative team, consisting of talented writers, sound designers, and musicians, is working tirelessly to create an immersive experience that will transport listeners to the world of medieval England, where Julian’s profound insights and spiritual journey unfold.

As the play progresses toward recording and release, Marie shared her thoughts on the role: “I am delighted to be part of this production and bring Sarah’s unwavering loyalty and care for Julian to life in this touching audio play.”

“Julian of Norwich: An Audio Drama Celebration” is set to be part of the Julian Exhibition The exhibition will take place at St John’s Timberhill and St Stephen’s, Rampant Horse Street, Norwich, from October 18 to November 16 2023, with the title ‘Love Is the Meaning’ and will explore the dynamic interface between words and pictures in art. The audio play will also be available free to listen to online so that it will be accessible to those who are housebound or visually impaired to enjoy this heartwarming tale of Julian.

Stay tuned for further updates on this enchanting audio play, and be sure not to miss Marie’s performance as Sarah in “Julian of Norwich: An Audio Drama Celebration.”
For more information and to support the project, visit the official crowdfunding page:

The Welkin by Lucy Kirkwood: 3 – 8 July 2023

The Welkin at Sewell Barn Theatre July 2023

I am super excited to perform in the stage play ‘The Welkin’ by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by John Holden and Sabrina Poole at Sewell Barn Theatre in Norwich from the 3rd to the 8th of July 2023. The play was originally directed by Jez Pike and performed on a couple of dates in October 2022. Unfortunately due to a few members of the cast falling ill with Covid, the show had to be postponed to 2023.

What is The Welkin about?

“Rural Suffolk, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s Comet, Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of twelve matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose.

With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.”

The show contains strong language and adult themes.

When is The Welkin?

Dates for the show run from Monday 3rd July to Saturday 8th of July 2023.

Ticket Prices

Full: £12.00
Concessions: £11.00

Where can I buy Tickets for The Welkin?

You can book in advance by ordering tickets from the Ticketsource website or you can buy tickets on the door at Sewell Barn Theatre. It is advisable to book in advance.

Parking at Sewell Barn Theatre

The theatre shares its car park with a sports centre and on Thursday evenings the running club takes up many of the parking spaces. So, if you visit the theatre on a Thursday evening, it might be worth leaving a little earlier to ensure that you get a parking space.

Where is Sewell Barn Theatre?

Sewell Barn Address

Sewell Barn Theatre,
St Clements Hill
Norwich, NR3 4BH 

Google Map and Directions to Sewell Barn

Imperfect Storms – New Writing from East Anglia

Exciting news. Imperfect Storms is returning for its second year at Norwich Theatre. Join us for an evening of fresh, new works by talented members of the East Anglian branch of the Writers’ Guild, as they showcase their creativity and storytelling skills.

I’m thrilled to have my work featured in a rehearsed reading during the event. It’s a fantastic opportunity to share my passion for storytelling and showcase my writing.

Tickets are Pay What You Can, so head over to the Norwich Theatre website now to book your spot.

I can’t wait to see you there and share my work with you.

Presented by the Writers Guild of Great Britain

When: Sunday 26th March at 7 pm to approximately 9 pm
Where: Norwich Theatre Royal: Stage Two
How much: Ticket Price – Pay What You Can

Imperfect Storms is an exciting evening of new work, written by East Anglian members of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. Between them, these writers have credits in TV, comedy, film, theatre, radio, books, poetry and video games, and the evening promises to be diverse and full of surprises. These are works in progress, fresh off the printer and presented in a rehearsed reading.

Last year’s show featured singing highwaymen, zombies looking for love and a blue-haired Danny Boyle. This new show features work by Jenny Ayres, Marie Cooper, Brendon Connelly, Peter Mills, Fiona Padfield and Jonathan Skinner, and is directed by writer-performer, Steve Keyworth, whose credits include Radio 4’s The Princess Bride and BBC1’s Doctors.

NaNoWriMo 2022

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I am back and a bit frazzled after completing NaNoWriMo 2022 on 28 November 2022. NaNoWriMo is the National Novel Writing Month. The aim is to write 50,000 words during November.

I am happy to have completed it. The challenge felt insurmountable when I began.

Some days felt wonderful and the words flowed. But, there were many early mornings, and late nights when trying to find the words felt brutally painful.

It was especially challenging when I was tired, rushed, or just was not feeling particularly creative. Trying to fit writing time around other work and family time was not easy. It was an emotional month, but I now have 50,000 more words of my novel to add to the existing Chapter and notes.

I might write a bit about the process at some point over on my Novel Progress Page, but at the moment, I just want to take some time out to rest my brain, breathe, and enjoy the accomplishment.

If I can resist the temptation, I will likely wait until after Christmas before I start piecing the novel together in order, printing and starting the first edit.

New Headshots

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My headshots, taken by photographer Nic Skerten in Norwich at the end of June 2022, are now up on my acting portfolio in both colour and black and white. Hi-res copies for casting are available on request.

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