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‘You Can’t Go Swimming With Your Ex-Husband’

Selected press:

“The result is as an interesting and heart warming play.”

- Broadway Baby.  

“I think everyone should go and see at least one show based purely on its title. I'm drawn to You Can't Go Swimming With Your Ex-Husband.”

- The Guardian, Laura Solon.  

“Zoe Cooper is good...THIS play is exactly why Fringe theatre is a wonderful thing.”

- The Henley Standard.

‘Text Me When You Get Home’

Zoe was thrilled to return to The Henley Fringe with her theatre company Cooper Troupe and her recent piece Text me When You Get Home.

The show looks at the reality of the world we live in dominated by communication of all kinds. Shocked by the level of news stories that detail the trend of  people going missing on nights out she wanted to take a  look at the how much our constant stream of contact rules us and breaks us equally.

Friends in London are planning a night out, like every other. How often have you uttered those words ‘Text Me When You Get Home’? How often have you followed them up? This one act play takes an honest look at this shockingly relevant topic and what can happen when the lines of communication break down when you need them the most.

“Every single line of dialogue rings so poignantly true”“for a pin-sharp portrait of a modern relationship in meltdown, look no further” (The Scotsman 2010 ****)

Current news.

November 16, 2011.

You Can't Go Swimming With Your Ex Husband has been accepted into The Strawberry One Act Festival, New York.

Zoe and all of Cooper Troupe are thrilled to announce that 'You Can't Go Swimming With Your Ex Husband' has been accepted into The Strawberry One Act Festival, New York. It is an honour to have been chosen to be a part of the festival and Zoe and the cast cannot wait to get out there and show off this production they are so proud of. The cast from Edinburgh Fringe, Will Huggins and Catherine Kirk, will be reprising their roles and Zoe is thrilled to have them on board. The first show will be 4th March at The Hudson Guild Theater, Manhattan. The way the festival works is that during each round there are three shows and through votes from the audience and professional panel alike they ultimately get whittled down to four plays that battle for the crown of best play. If you are In New York please come and support us. Not only because we would love to see you, but also because your vote counts! For more information about the festival and our place in it go to http://www.therianttheatre.com/index.php?n=strawberry_one-act_festival

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The Strawberry One-Act Festival – Winter 2012. March 1st - March 11, 2012.

‘You Can’t Go Swimming With Your Ex Husband.’

The Riant Theatre, New York City.

Keep up to date on our adventures:

Tech rehearsal went really well yesterday. Its a fab space. Really looking forward to tomorrow! Keep those fingers crossed. Z

Its all getting a little real as I received the email saying which plays have gotten through so far. Happy we have some time to work on the show but starting to wish we were performing on an earlier night. I can tell the wait will stress me out. Tech today and looking forward to it. Z

We are through to the semi finals!!! Woo Hoo! Tuesday at 9pm is the next show. Thanks to all our supporters in the UK and to the Hager extensive family and friends and Eleanor & Ajmal and all who voted for us. Thrilled! Zx

Hello! Thank you all for your lovely good wishes! We have woken up, not too hung over and still really excited. The next show is at 7pm on Friday and then after that 1pm on Saturday. At that stage one of the shows will be knocked out (harsh!) and the four remaining plays will perform one final time on Sunday. There are also nominations for best actor, best actress and best director due to come out on Friday. More fingers being crossed please. Thank you all so much again for your support. Keep watching this space. Zx

When the lift stops the two office workers within await rescue. But as the minutes roll by and uncomfortable truths are laid bare there’s a feeling that the walls are closing in around them.  When you can’t escape your reality are you open to making amends or will you close yourself off to change? Exploring what happens when situations beyond our control can change a lifetime. Who would you least want to be stuck in a lift with?

Relationships are an eternally fascinating subject. Bringing as much joy, as sorrow. As much passion, as heartache. We love to talk about it, strive to build new levels to the connections we have today and carry with us the memories of relationships past. The universe can serve us a strange hand at times and the best we can do is breath and take it one moment at a time.

Watching how two people cope with the situation forced upon them, the audience are given a window to watch what happens when there’s nowhere to hide!

‘Unidentified Baggage’

Every year Heathrow Airport holds an auction of all  unclaimed luggage accumulated throughout the year. People attend the event through curiosity, trying to discover hidden treasures. The sale showcases bags holding business documents, tacky souvenirs and quite often a pair of naughty knickers! It’s amazing how quickly we forget about these once indispensable items. Memories fade, details become hazy, life gets in the way. Can you ever just leave your belongings behind without a second glance?

Looking in on the lives of a couple in their public and private life and the shadows that follow them.

A story of chasing the future and  facing the past.  If life is a journey then how much will you pack for the ride?

Well holy smokes. The nominees are in - we have received nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director! Woo hoo!!! So keep on keeping those fingers and toes crossed for us. Two of the six shows that are finalists are being eliminated tomorrow - but hopefully not us and then we'll be nominated in all categories which would be a little bit awesome. I'll keep you posted. Zx

For Immediate Release March 8, 2012

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Dramatic Bridges: Acclaimed Play from

Edinburgh Fringe Festival to Debut in the

Strawberry One-Act Festival Finals

Dramatic Bridges

By Jane Rubinsky

How do you get from here to there? Sometimes transitions are so easy and natural, we hardly notice until we discover ourselves in a new place. Others require a lot of gearing up and a huge leap. Most of us cross bridges at several points in our lives ... which is why the process is fertile territory for playwrights.

Zoe Cooper knows plenty about such leaps. The Oxfordshire native is bringing her one-act playYou Can’t Go Swimming With Your Ex-Husband (which she directed to acclaim at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival) “across the pond” for this season’s Strawberry One-Act Festival, along with its original cast. But it won’t be her first theatrical experience in the Big Apple. After earning a degree with honors in performing arts from London Metropolitan University, Cooper came to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and then performed with The Negro Ensemble, touring schools with an educational production about gun crime. That experience prompted her to look more seriously at writing, and a year working as head reservationist at a “celebrity” Manhattan restaurant yielded plenty of characters.

Relationships and connections are at the core of most of Cooper’s work. “I love to guess how people know each other,” she says, “what they want from the other, what they want to share, what is their future. From the man passing change through a booth at the tube, to a couple embracing at the airport, it’s equally intriguing.” In You Can’t Go Swimming With Your Ex-Husband (the title comes from a comment uttered by one of Cooper’s friends after an ill-advised day at the beach), two office workers trapped in an elevator are drawn into revealing uncomfortable truths that change their lives forever. “The play certainly looks at the topic of misunderstanding,” Cooper says, “and it’s not just limited to romantic relationships.” Cooper (and her cast, who will be acting in New York for the first time) are eager to see how American audiences respond to the work. “Even though New York and London are similar cities, both culturally aware and constantly on the go,” she explains, “we are quite different cultures in lots of ways.”

Hello to all lovely people who have kept up to date with our journey. We were given the award for best actor for Will - so proud. Sadly we didn't get best play. Ahhh, shit happens and we are chuffed to be the only show nominated for all four categories and are incredibly grateful to the people who came out to support us in NYC as well as our supporters at home. Zx

Take me back to NYC!!!!

Zoë’s New York Diary.

Zoe & all of the Cooper Troupe gang would like to extend their most humble thanks to those who attended the Around The World in Eight Wines fundraiser. It was truly lovely to see so many people coming along to support us and having a glass of wine or eight! Many thanks to Roz Cooper for her fantastic commentary on the wines and finding the best even in some of the stranger options. Thanks must also go out to Drake & Morgan for giving us use of the fabulous private area at The Anthologist Bar it couldn't have been nicer. And finally many thanks to Chiltern Valley Vineyard and ESS Productions for their kind donations of wine and cheese respectively!

We are all set and ready for New York so wish us luck and we'll be sure to keep you posted on our journey.

February 23, 2012.

New York Trip Fundraiser.

March 2, 2012.

March 3, 2012.

March 5, 2012.

We are through to the finals!!!!!!!! So proud of my actors. Zx

March 6, 2012.

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March 9, 2012.

March 12, 2012.

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