Elinor Cook

Elinor Cook


Elinor was the winner of the George Devine Award 2013 for Most Promising Playwright, and is currently under commission to the Gate Theatre and Warwick Arts Centre (co-commission). She has been commissioned by Paines Plough for The Roundabout 2017 season.


Elinor recently adapted EXTRA YARN from the book by Mac Barnett for Orange Tree Theatre, and her play PILGRIMS featured as part of the HighTide festival 2016.


Elinor’s original play TEN WEEKS was performed at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and at The Gate Theatre, London, in March-April 2016, in collaboration with Paines Plough.


Last year Elinor wrote an adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s novel THE REHEARSAL for LAMDA, which was directed by Amelia Sears.


Her play IMAGE OF AN UNKNOWN YOUNG WOMAN was also produced at the Gate Theatre in June 2015, directed by Chris Haydon. Her play THE BOY PREFERENCE featured as part of the 2015 National Theatre Connections programme.


Elinor was also recently selected by the Gate Theatre to take part in Warwick Arts Centre’s 2015 this_is_tomorrow residency, in connection with China Plate Theatre and the University of Warwick.


THE GIRL’S GUIDE TO SAVING THE WORLD was produced by HighTide as part of their festival in April 2014, directed by Amelia Sears.


Elinor wrote an episode of THE SECRETS for Working Title Television, which was directed by Dominic Savage on BBC One.


In 2012 Elinor was part of the Royal Court’s ‘Supergroup’ and Paines Plough’s ‘The Big Room’ in association with Channel 4.


THIS IS WHERE WE GOT TO WHEN YOU CAME IN, an interactive performance, co-written by Elinor and Non Zero One was the Bush Theatre’s final production in their old home. It was awarded Best Entertainment at the Off West End Awards.


Prior to her writing career, Elinor was the senior reader at The Royal Court Theatre from 2007-2009.