Welcome

Welcome to my website.  I hope you’ll find all sorts of things to amuse you with links to some of my poems (“Poem of the Week”) and projects as well as my history and publications (“About”)and, if you are a booker, information under the heading “Press” that you can use directly for publicity.  Any events that I’m taking part in or rehearsals or shows with dates and so on in the “Events” section but if there’s anything you would like to know then just go to “Contact”. Check out videos of projects on YouTube, Vimeo . You can find various bits and pieces on Facebook - Peter John Cooper Playwright - and Twitter .

From the West Cliff

Rebellious Women

A shortened version of “Escaping the Storm” starring Jane McKell.

Here Comes the Rain

Here comes the rain.
It’s English rain
From English clouds
Grey and ragged
Like dirty cloths smeared across the summer Sky.
Already steady
It’s Filling the drains
With disappointment
Relentlessly washing away
The fun.

Holiday makers sit huddled
In the sea-front shelter
Plastic mac collars turned up
Gazing vaguely at the torn grey sea
Eating sandwiches
And waiting surgery patient
for the coach to come.

Shoppers shiver
Tripping through sudden puddles
In sodden sandals
Carrier bags filling with damp
Dispatches.
Wishing the washing was
Not on the line
And the shopping was already
done

Builders bundle into the front
Of the transit
Windows steamed up.
Looking glumly at the paper
It will be the only sight
They have today
Of the Sun

A woman passing by
Catches my eye
Shoots a small wry
shrug
And Darts a “nice weather!”
Eyebrow to the sky

And I wonder what words
You would use
To explain
That this
Is what it is
To be English

Five Days in Florence

Click on the link below for my documentary of Pink Champagne’s participation in the IBCPC Dragon Boat Racing Festival in July 2018. It’s very nearly an hour long so grab a cup of tea and a biscuit before you start to watch. I am very proud of it.

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The very moving Flower Ceremony

Publications

Recent work available to purchase online

Blood and Bones Theatre Can theatre provide a plausible, authentic narrative for this Age of Fakery?  My meditation on being a playwright in the 21st Century. Follow this post and then Click on this link    … read more
She Opened the Door She Opened the Door “More than a play” A controversial attempt to understand Thomas Hardy by looking at the women who surrounded him. An actual play script and essays on the extensive research that produced it. Amazon link http://www.amazon.co.uk/Peter-John-Cooper/e/B00ABZSPLUread more
The Death of the Hurdy Gurdy Boy The Death of the Hurdy Gurdy Boy “It is dark as history is dark” Tommy is the ghost of a Victorian street urchin. He cannot rest until he finds who murdered him and why. He enlists the help of lonely teenage violinist Tamara and together they embark on an extraordinary journey through an alien 21st century. Funny, touching and, at times, disturbing.… read more
Feer of The Future Feer of The Future “to make you shudder and smile” Science Fiction as you remember it. Robots, alien space invasion, travel to distant galaxies. Peter John Cooper the master story-teller draws his inspiration from the classics of the genre, Isaac Asimov, H.G. Wells, Kurt Vonnegut and Phillip K. Dick. 23 bite sized pieces of fiction and poetry to make you shudder and smile.… read more
New York Kidnap New York Kidnap “a fascinating story” Tamara the young violinist is held captive in a New York hotel room and, deeply scared, she pleads for help from the only person in the world who can help her, Tommy the ghost of a Victorian street urchin. A startling chase across the United States ending up in a small mining town in South Dakota while a blizzard rages.… read more
Peter John Cooper – Plays Online Peter John Cooper – Plays Online A selection from Peter John Cooper’s extensive back catalogue.  Thrillers, adaptations and comedies.   Available to buy online from Lazy Bee Press – http://www.lazybeescripts.co.uk/Authors/Author.aspx?iIA=416… read more

Peter John Cooper

  • Peter John Cooper

    Peter John Cooper is a UK Theatre professional and poet with over 40 years experience in directing and writing.  He has over thirty plays recorded on the Doollee Database of UK produced playwrights.

    A number of his works are published online and in paperback and he can be seen performing in clubs and small theatres in London and his home town of Bournemouth. He is best known for his experimental work both as a playwright and poet.

    He has worked extensively with Adults with Learning Disabilities and has been part of ACDC European initiative on Arts for Excluded Groups.

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