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Peter Cann

Peter Cann

Senior Lecturer in Drama

  • Email address
  • Phone number 01902 8583
  • Location WH214, Performance Hub, Walsall
  • Faculty Faculty of Arts
  • Institute School of Performing Arts
  • Areas of expertise
    • Playwriting
    • Directing
    • Fight Choreography
    • Stand up comedy

Peter Cann is a 0.5 Lecturer in Drama. The rest of the time he works as a writer and director across the performance forms of theatre, opera, television and radio internationally and in the UK. He also works as a fight choreographer and occasional actor. He is a former Artistic Director of Pentabus and is currently an associate artist with Absolute Theatre in London, O Teatro Montemuro in Portugal and Azorean company Cães do Mar.

  • Popular Theatre
  • Folk Theatre

BA Combined Honours, English and Drama (University of Exeter).

Peter has worked as a professional actor, director and playwright since 1980. He has written plays for small scale touring companies, plays for community tours to non theatre venues and large scale site specific events in Britain, Europe and Jamaica. He has written librettos for cantata and operas and screenplays for television and video.  His work as a director includes 3 years as artistic director of Pentabus Theatre .

He leads workshops in all aspects of theatre and drama and lecture at FE and HE level


Work as a writer and director


Large scale/site specific and community plays

Cães Do Mar Rimance de Mateus e A Baleia. (a folk opera performed by 2 actors and a 25 piece wind band)

Birmingham Rep The Witches’ Promise  By Steph Dale  (a community play set in the ruins of Weoley Castle)  2012

Shewsbury And Atchem Council Play The Man (a community play about the civil war set in Shrewsbury Castle)

Robber’s Dog – The Balance  (A large scale, multi media, promenade production with a Walsall school community including nursery children, staff and parents 2005) Writer and director

The Resurrectionists – Un-Earth (A  large scale piece about the Bosnian war in and around mac) Writer and co director

Meet The Future The End (On and around Canon Hill  Park lake) Writer and co director

Shared Experience - Cry To The Hunt  (a multi story car park in Soho) Writer and co director

Welsh National Opera - Of Bricks And Bones  (a burnt out ballroom in the middle of Birmingham’s Bullring) Writer and director

Pentabus - Possession (Whitley Court)  Ringing Down The Shut  (St. Chad’s Church and graveyard Shrewsbury)  Comus II ( Ludlow Castle) Writer

TRSM O Canto da Cepa  (Lamego, Portugal) Writer and Director



Community and small scale touring plays.



Cães Do Mar – Os Amores Encardidos de Padi e Balbina (2017)

Centric Theatre – The Giants On The Hill (2016) A World Beyond Man (2014)

Talking Birds Theatre   -  The Trade in Lunacy(2013)  A Malady of Migration(2014)Disorder Contained (2017)

Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Nightbus  

Pentabus Theatre Company, (including: Dancing With The Devil, All Quiet On The Western Front, , The Singing Stone, Becca’s Children, A Concert party, Knock After Dark, Different Drums, Vaughan The Terrible  and  Secret, Black and Midnight, (with Therese Collins )

Solent People’s Theatre ( The Return Of The Native, Neptune’s Gift)

Theatre Foundry - Babble

InTransit, - The Sea

Teatro Regional Da Serra Do Montemuro – Portugal  

Tres Molonologos duma Vida (2016) Cadois Do Ceu (2015) Memorias Partilhadas(2015)( Others include)Pertencia, Louco Na Serra, A Taberna,  Eira dos Caes, Pizza!,  Estrada Nacional,  Enclave, Alminhas ,)

Theatre Royal Northampton Dragon’s Teeth

Rattlesnake Theatre  The Ballad of Rattlesnake Hannah, The Whore’s Mutiny, 69 Squadron, The Quest for Tarzan, Dr Zoff’s Terrible Shrinking Ray, The loves of Lilah Liberty, The Romans in Walsall 



La Boheme  (Isango Ensemble,  Cape Town)

Eleanor Vale. (Wedmore Operaa Company, Composer John Barber)

Consider The Lilies (La Folia. Composer John Barber. Performed at St Martin In The Fields 2010)

Stari Most (Salisbury Chamber Orchestra. Composer Richard Chew 2005)

Dee (Birmingham Conservetoire 2005. Composer Robin Grant)

Jericho Stone Absolute Theatre, 2004 – Simon Fraser and Ibo Cooper

Gate (Absolute Theatre 2002. Composer Simon Fraser

Wild Edric (composer Charles Dakin)

The End and A Dot On The Sun (Robin Grant)

Of  Bricks and Bones (Welsh National Opera. Composer Andrew Peggie),



Theatre in Education

Harrogate TiE (Injury Time)  Collar and TiE (The Birthday Hunter) , Walcat touring (The Creation Trilogy - Prometheus, Baldur, The Dancer On The Bridge of Heaven)

Language Alive! – The Green Children, Outlaws


Television and Video.

 The Blood of Others, After The Workhouse (Central Television)

Ramravers  - (RMC) Century 21 award at Birmingham Film Festival 1998

The Shampoo Set (RMC for  Open University)

The Difference, I’m Not Complaining,  (RMC) )

The Vawn,  Shroves (Community films for Rural Media Company)



The King of Pripyat  Radio 4, 2007

The Running Man  A community radio play devised with communities in The Black Mountains (RMC)


Current and Future projects:


Fanzine   - O Teatro Montemuro (2019),

Cartas Do Brasil, Os Ilologicos, Maria Macharda  -Cães Do Mar (2018 – 2019)

The Dorchester Community Play (2020)