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What I do:
Playwright: Screenwriter: Creative Producer: Arts Advocate.

My teachers despaired of me at school. Trying to get me to write more than five (and even then pretty illegible!) lines on any subject was like pulling a Doberman's teeth. Strange but true I then went on write for a living which I've done ever since!

I began my writing career at the Royal Court Theatre where winning the George Devine Award for most promising new playwright changed my life. Since then my stage plays have been performed throughout Britain - from the Royal National Theatre and Belfast Opera House to miner's welfare halls. (The latter during a stint with 7:84 Theatre Company (England).)

Over the years I've also written and developed film and television drama for the BBC and BBC Wales as well as various independent companies. My radio drama has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 & 4 and BBC Radio Wales. A huge chunk of my career was spent writing 227 episodes (I know!) of the Channel 4 drama serial, Brookside, between 1986 and 2003. (It was my drug of choice!) During that time I was a member of the writers' 'team' that created multiple-strand stories for more than 2,400 episodes!! As you might guess I love story and the power of story metaphor in people's lives.

Living in Rhayader in Mid Powys for over twenty years has enabled me to learn how to wield a mean chainsaw as well as giving me the opportunity to help to found the Community Arts and Heritage organisation based there - CARAD - on the back of a large-scale community play in 1994.

Full CV available at: http://www.theatre-wales.co.uk/individuals/individuals_details.asp?...

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Classy actor dies

Actor Herbert Lom, best known for playing Charles Dreyfus in the Pink Panther films, has died aged 95.

The Czech-born, London-based actor starred opposite Peter Sellers in several films as Inspector Clouseau's irritable boss.

Lom appeared in more than 100 films during his 60-year acting career, including such classics as The Ladykillers, Spartacus and El Cid.

His family said he died peacefully in his sleep on…

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Posted on September 27, 2012 at 19:04

Great Comedy Actor and Writer dies

The great Eric Sykes has just passed away.

Stop the clocks, dodge that pane of glass, duck under that plank.

Heaven just got funnier!

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 11:38 — 1 Comment

Playwright Shelagh Delaney dies

Sad news coming out that one of Britain's most influential women playwrights of the past sixty years has died. 

Her well known play A Taste of Honey played on Broadway and in the West End before being made into an award winning film directed by Tony Richardson with wonderful performances from Dora Bryan, Rita Tushingham and Murray Melvin.

The play and film had a tremendous impact and resonance at the time- a beautiful tender story featuring a young woman falling pregnant, being…

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Posted on November 21, 2011 at 23:10 — 1 Comment

Life as Writer in Residence with No Fit State Circus

No Fit State Circus







Parklife Pontardawe: For photo’s visit… http://nofitstate.org/parklife/?cat=10…







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Posted on September 9, 2010 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

Possible problems getting to see NTW in Aberdare tonight and Saturday

Just gearing up to head south to see Alan and John's show at the Coliseum Aberdare.

Note from their website that their may be severe traffic delays / congestion as the A4059 is closed from today for the next few days. That's the Aberdare By-Pass from the Tesco roundabout to Harriet Street, Trecynon.

Anyone travelling is advised to allow extra time.

Posted on March 26, 2010 at 15:30

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At 12:22 on August 22, 2014, Rosie Leach said…

Hi Peter,

Since we last met back in November, I've been involved in a research project on performance responding or relating to flooding, which involves a compilation of performance case-studies as well as oral history interviews with people affected by extreme weather.

I'm keen to reference your the play that you wrote on the flooding of the Elan valley as a case study in the write up and wondered whether you have any documentation of the show that you would be willing to share?

In other news, I've been involved in a performance project with women's stories from the CAT oral history archive, and a community playback theatre group, as well as a bit of dance with Mags Ames from Aber uni. All good fun!

I hope you and Cath are well, 

Warm wishes,

Rosie 

x

At 21:08 on January 20, 2014, Sarah Jane Leigh said…

Awwww wow, that's amazing. Hope it's all going well out there! Basically we are looking for people who have unusual vocal talents or use the voice for work such as impersonators, auctioneers, singers, poets, sheep dog callers, yodellers, etc . . . So if you know of any groups or individuals I should contact our you could pass my details on to whom you think would be interested that would be great! Including yourself ;) S x

At 15:41 on January 20, 2014, Sarah Jane Leigh said…

Hi Peter, I'm coming back to Rhayader with a project. It'd be great to get some advice and support on it, and I said I'd let Elen know about it when I visited last. Here are some more details: http://community.nationaltheatrewales.org/profiles/blogs/lleisiau-open-call-got-an-unusual-vocal-talent-or-know-someone

Thanks

Sarah x 

At 21:41 on October 23, 2012, Gavin Porter said…
Hi peter. It seems that you do have time to get your propsal in for SuperAssembly, the deadline is 29th - http://community.nationaltheatrewales.org/m/blogpost?id=3152760%3ABlogPost%3A135940
At 11:08 on May 4, 2012, carmen medway-stephens said…

HI Peter, Got the copy, Thank you :)

At 9:41 on April 23, 2012, carmen medway-stephens said…

sounds good, yes send me a copy if you can

At 13:34 on May 24, 2011, carmen medway-stephens said…
Hi Peter, it would be great to read the play that got you the George Devine work, where could I get a copy? Many Thanks,
At 21:25 on January 2, 2011, Angharad Lee said…
Just read the news. Congratulations to you. Hope you had a nice celebration XX
At 10:28 on January 2, 2011, Catherine Olding said…
Massive Congratulations Peter! Thoroughly deserved too! Hope all is well.xxx
At 12:51 on October 7, 2010, Iain Gibbons said…
Parklife was the extension of quite a rollercoster summer for me, so the crash landing back to the real world is rather depressing! Back to bills and job hunting! I came across your notes for the Pontardawe show. It's interesting to see the journey Parklife took. Here's to it's next incarnation!
Iain
 
 
 

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