Peter Handley

Freelance Creative Writer & Ghostwriter

Location:Gravesend, Kent, United Kingdom
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Date of Birth: 26th March 1967
Native Country: England
UK (0044) (0) 781 428 528 6
Education Attended
? Newark and Sherwood College (Art/Drama Foundation) 1982-84
? Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 1988-90
? Suffolk College of Higher Education (BA Drama) 1996
Peter is, amongst other things, an award winning Indian-cinema film actor. ‘A practical and polite person, who combines excellent communication organisational and intuitive skills, with a good sense of confidence, humour and initiative. His extensive theatre management experience continues to provide a foundation for his film acting, voice-work, film dialogue writing, theatre directing and other writing whilst enabling him to share his knowledge at other times in areas of structured learning.’
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? Selected Directing Work (1992-2002)
For ‘Absurd’
‘Nobody Here But Us Chickens’ by Peter Barnes
An installation performance and regional tour
‘The Dumb Waiter’ by Harold Pinter. Bristol Old Vic Basement
‘Audience’ by Vaclav Havel - site specific aural installation & performance
‘Private View’ by Vaclav Havel - recorded radio play
‘The Crucifix’& ‘The Bus’ by poet Miroslav Holub - Short film treatments, Mumbai
‘Timon of Athens’ by William Shakespeare - new script work with Story Workshop Actors Malawi Africa
‘To Have Done with the Judgement of God’ by Antonin Artaud - a radio play
‘Our Country’s Good’ by Timberlake Wertenbaker - multi-cultural cast for Scandinavian International ‘Poor Theatre’ Festival
‘C’est Ecrit dans Le Journal’ by Breton - A new morality play avec des professeurs de L’Lycee Francais Pondicherry. India
? Consultancy work
‘Jean d’Arc’ by Annouilh for Russian Theatre Group and
‘Les Roses de le Ciel’ by Pavitra - script development work in the experimental community of Auroville India
? Facilitator of improvisation and script workshops
on the theme of ‘Human Unity’ at Bharat Nivas Auroville as part of ongoing writing research
? Project Founder
‘Golden Fish Theatre Project’ – design and build of plein-air sustainable Noh Theatre in the grounds of an Holistic Centre in Catalunya
? Associate Director with Show of Strength Theatre Co. (LWT Plays on Stage Award Winners)
Collective responsibility for scrip/play reading and selection and co-management in an independent seasonal subsidised small scale rep.
? Assistant/Tour Director for Bristol Old Vic Theatre Schools’ West Country Tour and RSC Swan ‘The Jungle Book’ by John Hartoch
? Co-Writing Producing/Directing with North East Puppet Company (1983-85)
‘Beowolf’ an open booth Bun-Raku participatory show of the Anglo Saxon epic poem for schools and communities
‘Rumplestiltskin’ a traditional semi open rod and glove show
‘A New Punch for Judy’ a modern study in an open booth promenade show
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Notable Workshops, Observations & Interactions (1991-2005)
? Manager of Skyros Centre - Holistic Health and Writing. Greece
Participation with various visiting artists & writers & healers
? Peter Brook Directing Workshops - Newcastle International Festival
Exploring character and text analysis
? Peking Opera work placement - during the first English tour
An opportunity to discover Chinese theatre practice
? Barry Smith Puppet Master workshops - Norwich Puppet Theatre
? Workshops on colour and Kathakali - Centre Ocean Stream
? Script Workshops - Nottingham Playhouse
For main house show of Barry Heaths’ Rats Buckets and Bombs
? Kwacha Kwacha Cultural Troupe - National Troupe of Malawi
Consultant on show presentation in various locations on tour in Malawi
? Workshops with Atul Kumar - The Company, Mumbai
Acting and improvisation sessions
? Study of Adishakti Theatre Laboratory
Theatre practice exploration and the aesthetics of Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry S.India
? Urban Dynamics - International Video Project
Film maker
? Contributing Editor - Frog Books, Mumbai
Teaching (1985- 2004)
? Occassional Drama Teacher - Wallsend Young Peoples’ Theatre
After-school theatre sessions in inner city Tyne and Wear
? Guest Lecturer - Durham University Teacher Training Centre
Applying puppetry in the school curriculum
? Workshop Leader - Shepway Opera for Youth in Kent
Summer school of music and theatre work
? Workshop Leader - Colourscape and Nettlefold Trust
Exploring colour theory on the body and emotions
? Guest lecturer - Bristol University Russian/Slavonic Studies Department
Translating east European theatre into a modern English perspective
? Visiting Lecturer - Dept Film Fine Arts and Journalism Surrey University
Inter-personal and communication skills through storytelling
? Residential Teacher - Nordjyllands School Denmark for Humana.Org
Mentoring African scholarship students, refugees and people with challenging behaviour
? Guest Lecturer - Drama Dept. Zomba University Malawi
Eurocentric theatre perspectives
? Guest Tutor - College for International Co-operation and Development
Team building and communication skills
? Production Supervisor - Bristol Old Vic Youth Theatre
? Technical/Production Tour Supervisor - Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
? Guest Lecturer - Academy of Screen Arts, Accra, Ghana
Developing course content for new film school
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Selected Theatre Management Experience (1987-2004)
? Assistant Technical Manager
Norwich Arts Centre
Lighting and sound rigging and operation, occasional design and maintenance
? Technical Manager
St. Gregory’s Arts Centre Norwich
Management in a classical music venue
? Venue Manager
Edinburgh Festival
Creating and managing primary theatre venue
? Stage Manager
Kings Head Theatre Islington
Managing and operating new-director’s lunchtime season
? Assistant Stage Manager
Royal Court Theatre London
Women’s Playhouse Trust production work in Up/Downstairs theatres
? Stage Manager
Cheltenham Everyman
Successive annual regional community tours
? Head of Department
New Vic Studio Theatre Bristol
Managing new work, community tours and visiting companies in repertory
With basement venue for five seasons before funding cuts forced closure
? Company Manager
Bristol Old Vic Company
National No.1 Tour after repertory run-in. Re-lights
? Company Manager
Oxfordshire Touring Theatre
Regional community tour
? Production Assistant
Children of Technology
Installation of video technologies at Glastonbury Contemporary Art Festival
? Production Manager
Cheltenham Everyman
Managing two main house production and rehearsal periods in rep.
? Stage Manager
Northern Stage Co.
Main house playhouse show, part of 1st Newcastle Int. Theatre Festival
? Production Manager
Colourscape Music Festival
Co-ordinating large inflatable sculpture for performances. London Parks
? Stage Manager
Ludlow Shakespeare Festival
Servicing London rehearsals. Show running in Ludlow Castle
? Company Manager
Tara-Arts Theatre Co. London
& in rehearsal. National tours of three year project describing the anglo- asian experience
? Company Manager
Cardboard Citizens Co. London
& in rehearsal, national educational tour of forum theatre piece on refugees
Peter has worked variously as lifeguard, coach courier, bar manager, chef, builder and homeless hostel manager and has travelled widely in new and old Europe, Africa and America, more latterly in the sub continent of India where he lived, working close to the international community of Auroville and more latterly in Mumbai earning the numinous accolade of most prominent ‘foreigner’ on terrestrial and satellite Indian TV, 2009. His poetry, journalism and prose are published in various formats.
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Email: UK (0044) (0) 781 428 528 6.
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