Michael Cook

Michael Cook was born in Fulham, London, in 1933 and emigrated to Canada in 1966 where he joined the Department of Extension at Memorial University of Newfoundland as the Drama Specialist.

He quickly became fully immersed in the emerging theatrical scene by becoming theatre reviewer for The Evening Telegram. One of the many new amateur groups that formed during the late sixties was The Open Group and by 1970 Cook began writing plays for this company. From 1970 to 1975, The Open Group worked closely with Cook on the creation of three plays, Colour the Flesh the Colour of Dust (1970), Head Guts and Soundbone Dance (1973) and Jacob’s Wake (1974), often grouped as his Newfoundland trilogy.