Mr Peter Cann

Senior Lecturer in Drama

Peter Cann
Email address: Phone number: 01902 328583 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Writing for stage, screen and radio, popular theatre, stand up comedy and street performance


Peter is a part-time (0.5) Lecturer. The rest of his time is spent as a writer, director and performer.

Areas of expertise is writing for stage (including opera librettos), screen and radio; directing large scale performance; popular theatre including stand up comedy and street performance.

Research interests

The social and economic impact of theatre on communities.


  • BA Combined Honours, English and Drama (University of Exeter),
  • PGCE, St Katherine's College.

Experience in industry

Peter has worked as a writer, director and performer since 1980.  His work has been produced by companies such as: Birmingham Rep, Shared Experience, Welsh National Opera, Absolute Theatre, BBC Radio 4, Channel 4 Television, The Resurrectionists, The Theatre Royal Northampton.  He was Artistic Director of  Pentabus Theatre from 1985 -1989 and has worked as a director in Portugal, South Africa, Korea and Jamaica.

Experience in industry. 35 years as a writer director and performer. This includes 4 years as Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre Company; plays and librettos commissioned and produced by: Birmingham Rep, The Welsh National Opera, Solent People's Theatre, Shared Experience, Isango Ensemble (South Africa) O Teatro Montemuro (Portugal) Absolute Theatre and Talking Birds. Current work includes : Caidos do Ceu a play for open air venues touring Portugal from 5th June (dramaturg and director) The Portland Cantata with Absolute Theatre Company (writer) and The Dorchester Community Play (director).

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Further information

Teaching Responsibilites

  • Module Leader for 4DR003 Performance: The Public Performer and 5DR004 Practical Approaches: Production Skills,
  • Teaches on 5DR003 Performance: The Creative Performer, 5DR007 Text: How Plays Work and 6SW001 The Professional Project.

Current and Future Projects

  • Consider the Lilies - the libretto for a cantata based on the experiences of victims of torture commissioned by The Helen Bamber Foundation. Performed in St Martin-In-The-Field, London November 2010.
  • Pertencia - a dual language co -production with O Teatro Montemuro and Foursight Theatre. Touring Portugal and UK 2010-2011 (script writer).
  • Echoes - a promenade immersion theatre piece with Gazebo TiE company in Bilston Town Hall  (Summer 2011).
  • Eleanor Moor -the libretto for a full length opera commissioned by the Wedmore Opera Company (2012).
  • The Wrecker’s Daughter - Script and lyrics for a music theatre piece set in an abandoned quarry on Portland.