Mr Peter Cann

Senior Lecturer in Drama

Peter Cann
Email address: Cann@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 328583 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Writing for stage (including opera librettos), screen and radio; directing large scale performance; popular theatre including stand up comedy

About

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.

Qualifications

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

Experience in industry

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

Industry experience: 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. He is an associate writer with Caes Do Mar in The Azores and Absolute Theatre 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 and future work includes : The Four Clowns Of The Apocalypse (A co production between ABSOLUTE Theatre and O Teatro Montemuro touring The UK and Portugal from February2018) Os Amores Encadedos de Padi e Balbina (For Caes Do Mar, currently touring The Azores and Portugal) The Ballad Mateus and The Whale (A folk opera which will be touring Portugal, The Azores, Madeira and Cape Verde from September 2018)

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.