Plays by Elinor Cook

Out of Love  

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Elinor Cook's Out of Love is a play about friendship, love and rivalry between two women over the course of thirty years. It was first produced by Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre and was first performed on 12 July 2017 in Paines Plough’s Roundabout at Theatr Clwyd. It was shortlisted for the 2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

The play centres on the relationship between two childhood friends, Lorna and Grace. As girls growing up in a town in the North East of England, they do everything together, sharing crisps, cigarettes and crushes. But when Lorna wins a place at university, and Grace gets pregnant, they suddenly find themselves in starkly different worlds, and their friendship is tested to breaking point and beyond.

The first production was directed by James Grieve and performed by Hasan Dixon, Sally Messham (as Lorna) and Katie Elin-Salt (as Grace).


Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Elinor Cook's Pilgrims is a play about adventure, betrayal, and man's impulse to conquer the world. It premiered at HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh, on 8 September 2016, before transferring to The Yard Theatre, London, on 20 September, and Theatr Clwyd, Mold, on 19 October 2016. It was co-produced by HighTide, Theatr Clwyd and Vicky Graham Productions in association with The Yard Theatre.

The play revolves around a triangular relationship between two young male mountaineers, the pragmatic Dan and the romantic Will, and a student of folk history, Rachel, with whom they both fall in love. Rachel, however, makes it clear that she rejects the role of the passive woman, subservient to the male hero; she wants to be the hero of her own story. But with the thrill of a climb just days away, it's not just principles, but people, in danger.

The premiere production was directed by Tamara Harvey and designed James Perkins. It was performed by Amanda Wilkin as Rachel, Steffan Donnelly as Will and Jack Monaghan as Dan.

Elinor Cook is a playwright whose work includes: a version of Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea (Donmar Warehouse, 2017); Out of Love (Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd/Orange Tree tour, 2017); Pilgrims (HighTide/Theatr Clwyd/The Yard, 2016); Image of an Unknown Young Woman (Gate Theatre, London, 2015); and The Girl’s Guide to Saving the World (HighTide, 2014).
She was the winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2013.
Author photo by Richard Davenport