Moody bwPeter says:

2018 is my fiftieth year working in professional theatre.  That means I’ve been  directing, writing and developing scripts.  I’ve even done a bit of acting but probably the less said about that the better. Apart from that I’ve been involved in most aspects of live theatre over that time and have been Artistic Director of funded companies and managed and served on the board of several arts organisations.  As a director I’ve been responsible for commissioning work from new and otherwise forgotten playwrights. I’ve also worked extensively with Adults with Learning Disabilities which has given me a great deal of satisfaction and I’ve been part of ACDC European initiative on Arts for Excluded Groups. As a writer I have over thirty plays recorded on the Doollee Database of UK produced playwrights.  A number of these are published online with one of them She Opened the Door published in illustrated paperback form along with a commentary on the research I utilised in its creation. I’m a passionate advocate for the skills and craft of writing plays and mentors a number of projects both as writer and director and I’m trying to put what I’ve learnt down in a series of YouTube videos entitled Blood and Bones TheatreBelief, Bias and Common Humanity. In addition I perform my poetry and read my stories whenever and wherever I’m invited and I’ve got a number of short stories and novels published online. My play Eve of War: Little Arthur’s History of England  about the futility of war still tours occasionally proving that it is as relevant now as when it was first written thirty years ago. Over the past five or six years I’ve had a very fruitful association with AsOne Theatre Company and have written and directed about half a dozen projects for them

You can follow Peter on Facebook Peter John Cooper – Playwright or on his blog

What’s He Up To?

I’m currently working on a number of projects that will see the light of day soon.  Life, Death and Everything in Between is being developed for the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival in May 2018 and which may into a big warehouse show somewhere in the fashionable East End with Le Collectif International des Improvisateurs . My next commission which I’m currently working on is a play about the pioneer of birth control Marie Stopes and is called Escaping the Storm.   Eve of War tours occasionally.   Meanwhile I’m continuing to convert my back catalogue into a format for publishing on line.


Some comments about Productions by Peter John Cooper

“…a play that is certain to become a theatrical treasure in the future”

‘She Opened the Door’ for AsOne Theatre Co. (Dorset Echo)

“ A genuine masterstroke of theatre”
‘ Don Quixote’ for Oxfordshire Touring Theatre (Oxford Mail)

“The unshowy positiveness of Peter Cooper’s direction”
‘Toeing the Line’ for Oxfordshire Touring Theatre (Oxford Mail)

“Peter Cooper directs with the utmost clarity and economy”
Frankenstein’ for Oxfordshire Touring Theatre (Oxford Mail)

“It was a wonderful event. I am so pleased I went and found it incredibly moving. Brilliant writing, acting, production.” 
Christine Aziz, novelist

Peter John Cooper Plays Written 1972 – 2015

For Peter’s plays available from Lazy Bee Scripts click here or on the links in the table below

For play published in paperback by Roving Press click here or below

He’s Dead
2013 LazyBee Scripts
A Brief Encounter with MURDER
2012 Lazybee Scripts
Pig Unit
What Would Jane Say?
2012 Trisha Lewis Southern England Tour
Anning’s Fossil Depot
2011 AsOne Theatre Co, South West England Schools Tour
The Cabinet Maker’s Daughter
2011 AsOne Theatre Co. South West England Tour
Everyone Wants to be Somewhere Else
2011 Cake Productions (Cornwall) Fal River Festival
Mrs Adapta Iago’s Knitting Circle
2011 Spyway Projects Rehearsed reading at Lighthouse, Poole  LazyBee Scripts
She Opened the Door
2010 AsOne Theatre Co World Premiere at the 19th International Thomas Hardy Festival, The Corn Exchange, Dorchester. And South West Tour Published in paperback by Roving Press Ltd.
Eve of War
2009 Spyway Projects Reworking of “Little Arthur” for Radio and then Artsreach tour of Dorset
Welcome to the Future
2007 Hope FM
Chelsea and Baz    (With Tara Dominick)
2007 Hope FM
The Lady of Shallott
2007 Hope FM
Conversations at the Sorrento
2007 Hope FM
The Town Hall Fish
2007 Hope FM
Dead Air
2007 Hope FM
The Time Machine
2002 Spyway Projects
We Call it Home
1999 Spyway Projects Commissioned for 50th Anniversary of Langton Matravers Scout and Guide HQ
Dick Whittington and his Crazee Cat
1994 Ici D’arte
Captain Pugwash and the Monster of Green Island
1993 Spyway Projects South Coast summer seasons and UK tour.   Officially sanctioned by John Ryan.

(with the Company)

1988 Oxfordshire Theatre Co.
The Trumpet Major
1987 Oxfordshire Theatre Co. Published by LazyBee Scripts
1986 Oxfordshire Theatre Co.
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Vanishing Author
1986 Oxfordshire Theatre Co. Published by LazyBee Scripts
The Runaway Train

(with Jem Barnes)

1985 Oxfordshire Theatre Co. World premiere at Oxford Playhouse
Little Arthur’s History of England
1984 Oxfordshire Theatre Co. Oxford festival. Later rewritten as “Eve of War”
The Mayor of Casterbridge
1983 Oxfordshire Theatre Co.
Jane Eyre

(with Helen Palmer

1982 Oxfordshire Theatre Co.
Painting the Clouds with Sunshine
1981 Theatr Clwyd North Wales Tour
Robinson Crusoe
1980 Horseshoe Theatre Touring
Little Red Riding Hood
1979 Horseshoe Theatre Touring
I want to Fly
1979 Horseshoe Theatre Touring

(with Jem Barnes)

1978 Horseshoe Theatre Touring
The Jolly Farmer

(with Jem Barnes)

1976 Horseshoe Theatre Co
A Grave Matter

(with Jem Barnes)

1975 Basingstoke Drama Centre
Mummers’ Play
1974 Attic Theatre Co.
A Christmas Carol

(with Jem Barnes)

1974 Horseshoe Theatre Co.


Writing for Musical Performance

Life, Death and Everything in Between  Extended performance with Powerpoint visuals and music by Roderick Skeaping.

Field of Fantasy Performance poetic discourse.  With music by Matt Wilkinson 2008

Flexigesis Extended performance poetry with soundscape artist Si Walters 2007

The Purbeck Wheel a song cycle for a parish choir (lyrics) with Roderick Skeaping. First performance 26th October 2003 at St. George’s Church, Langton Matravers Dorset

Two Songs for Elizabeth (lyrics) with Roderick Skeaping. Performed by James Bowman and the English Consort of Viols at he Banqueting Hall of Whitehall Palace. June 2003

Our World of Shopping (libretto ) with Roderick Skeaping for 2002 Brighton Festival

The Elements (Lyric writer) choral work by Roderick Skeaping. World Premiere at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London 1995

Commercial scripting projects for the RAC, Unipart, Home Office Fire Services Training College

Plus many children’s and schools’ educational plays


Poetry and Printed Work

Flexigesis Extended live performance recorded and published on cd

The Elements Published on the Web 2001

A Bunch of Fives Collection. Published 2002

Castaways A novel in short story form which shows how individuals react to life in a limited community in the days of global networking.

The Death of the Hurdy Gurdy Boy a detective whodunnit about a murdered hurdy gurdy player in Victorian London. With Elinor Rose Cooper. Available in all eBook formats.

The Hurdy Gurdy Boy and the New York Kidnap  The second in the Ghost detective series

Feer of the Future Classic Science Fiction short story collection.

Fog Tiger A children’s novel of Chinese boxes dealing with world travel and alienation

Lying, Stealing and Cheating A manual on presentation technique based on twenty years in presentation coaching for commercial Organisations


Theatre Director

Directing What Would Jane Say? for Trisha Lewis 2013

Directing production of She Opened the Door for AsOne Theatre Co. -2010

Directing Production of Hey Baby by Nell Denton for AsOne Theatre Company – 2009

Visiting Director for A Chorus of Disapproval by Alan Ayckbourn at the Arts Institute Bournemouth – 2007

Co-ordinator Sparkle Drama Project – 2005-2007   An ESF funded project working with adults with learning difficulties throughout Dorset. As well as achieving set learning targets, groups from 7 centres produce 18 small performances and one major theatre Piece (The Tempest).

Oxfordshire Touring Theatre, Oxford, –  Artistic Director 1982-1988

Took moribund company with significant deficit and turned it into an active and viable organisation. Six years of expanding venues in communities throughout the region. Established new writing policy and was successful in achieving Arts Council funding for this Instigated new forms of community involvement. Directed over twenty productions for theatres and non-theatre venues

Director of Outreach Productions, Theatr Clwyd 1981-1982

Associate Director, Horseshoe Theatre Company, Basingstoke 1976-1979

Assistant Director, Lyceum Theatre, Crewe 1974

Over fifty productions directed altogether including Mid scale, National Touring, Local Touring, Community, and TIE.

Including: The Promise by Aleksi Arbuzov

All’s Well That End Well by William Shakespeare

Slag by David Hare

Intimate Exchanges (All 8 plays)Alan Ayckbourn


Review of She Opened the Door

The Purbeck Press   Autumn 2012

 More About Peter

Peter is also known now as an award winning performance poet.   He can be seen in small clubs and dives throuhgout Dorset and beyond with his beat poetry and jazz ranting.  One reviewer said: “… a brilliant poet delivering his poems with tremendous energy.”

You can follow Peter’s writing on his blog Peter John Cooper and his Arts observations on The View from the Westcliff

You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter

In 1996 he undertook a business management course at Bournemouth University and has been a very successful  in developing creative ideas in the commercial world. Among his clients have been BP Exploration where he reworked their Health and Safety Induction Training Programme.