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Peter Cox [Writer]

Rhayader
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Peter Cox MBE – Screenwriter, Playwright, Director. Curriculum Vitae.


Peter is an award-winning freelance writer whose stage plays have been produced in venues ranging from the Royal National Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre and Belfast Opera House to miner’s welfare halls. His television drama work has been broadcast in more than twenty countries and he has written radio drama for BBC Radio 3 & 4 and Radio Wales. He is perhaps best known as the writer of 227 episodes of the acclaimed Channel 4 drama serial, Brookside, between 1986 and 2003. During this time he was a key member of the writing team that created multiple-strand stories for more than 2,400 episodes. As well as directing his own work he also has extensive experience in the community arts sector with many years in artistic leadership, mentoring and volunteer management roles. In the 2010 New Year’s Honours List he was awarded an MBE for services to community arts.


Commissions - Productions - Adaptations - Development Scripts & Series Bibles

2011/12 Researching, Creating and Writing Myth Traveller, part one of a trilogy of screenplays.

2011/12 Writing A Berlin Kabaret, a cabaret version of Peter’s most recent stage play, The Question for Sphinx Theatre Company. (Dir: Sue Parrish, Music by Hanns Eisler, Musical Director, Joseph Atkins.)

‘Peter’s work as an artist and professional has always been distinguished by originality, commitment, rigour and ambition.’
Sue Parrish: Artistic Director, Sphinx Theatre Company

2011/12 Devising Story and Performance for La Ballade de Bergerac with Lost in Translation Circus Company. (Directors: Massimiliano Rosetti & Annabel Carberry)

2011/12 Developing multi-platform hybrid drama / factual series The Rip & Ripped, for YoYo Media. (Creative Producer, Jo Hallows.)

2011 Writing and Directing a new Viral Theatre event, I Landed Here in this Red, White and Blue: A Migrant's Story, for a national Migrants Rights Network Conference on Migrants and Health. (Exec’ Producer, Wayne Farah, MRN.)
2011 Writing treatment for Rockaway Bay, a children’s musical comedy drama series for YoYo Media. (Exec Producer. Jo Hallows.)

2010/11 Co-writer on ‘Once Upon a Time in Fife’, for Theatre Workshop Scotland - a community feature film set around the 1926 General Strike. (Director and Co-Writer: Robert Rae)
2010/11 Leading screen-writing workshops in South Wales Prisons for Academi, Wales.
2010 Writer in Residence with Europe’s leading contemporary circus company No Fit State Circus on Parklife their outdoor circus project. August, Pontardawe. September, Taunton and Dorchester (Dir. Orit Azaz.)
2010/11 Summer School screenwriting master-classes for the Rural Media Company, Hereford. Script development with young people on Shoot Out films.
2009/11 In development: Tidal Rave, a youth musical online drama and Caseload, a TV series legal drama for YoYo Media. (Exec Producer, Jo Hallows.)
2009/12 The Question - Commissioned to write a new stage play for Sphinx Theatre Company, London – an original play informed by The Measures Taken – the Lehrstucke by Bertolt Brecht. Artistic Director, Sue Parrish. In pre-production.
‘An accomplished, freewheeling medititation on revolution, heroism, tyranny and death… an ambitious and dynamic piece. I loved its formal inventiveness and energy.’
Ruth Little: Royal Court Literary Manager.
2009 Appeared on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Antony Gormley’s One & Other artwork. (Representing the national Imagination Our Nation project.)
2009/11 In development: The Released, a returning TV Sci Fi Drama Series. Daisy Burns Boxes, a stage play about self-harm, suicide and survival.
2009 From These Stones – commissioned by the Rural Media Company to develop and write a new short film with young people in Evesham. Director, Rachel Lambert. Released.
2008 Still Life - commissioned by the Rural Media Company to develop and write a community film with the people of Bromyard. Director, Adrian Lambert. Released.
2008 Mid Powys Youth Theatre - commissioned by Theatr Powys to write and direct Mid Powys Youth Theatre’s 21st Birthday production.
2008 Dirty Bandages - commissioned by the Rural Media Company to devise and write a First Light short film with young people. Premiered at The Hay Literary Festival and short-listed for the Cinemagic / BT Vision Young Filmmaker 2008 Competition. Director, Rachel Lambert. Released.
2008 Research and concept development for various theatre and television drama proposals including King Adolf, Lost Girls and Combat Junkies and for a multiple platform international Community Arts project The Giant Angel’s Lost Feathers.
2006/7 Writing Team Leader for YoYo Media developing the series bibles for a youth TV drama – Tidal Rave and a returning series, Southern Gateway, with the national Irish broadcaster RTE. Exec Prod: Jo Hallows.
2006 Amazing Grace – Script Consultant rewriting the book of the hit Wales Theatre Company musical. Music & Lyrics by Mal Pope. Dir. Michael Bogdanov.
2006 The Aftermath – BBC Radio Wales (Radio Play). Dir. Gilly Adams.
2005-2006 Sex.Com 2 x 90min TV Drama for Working Title TV. Ep. 1 commissioned.
2004 Sabbatical year working as a volunteer advisor and director with the Director team of CARAD. (Community Arts Rhayader and District – see voluntary work).
2003-1986 Brookside - regular writer for Channel 4’s acclaimed serial drama - writing a total of 227 episodes over 18 years. (Exec Prod. Phil Redmond CBE)
2003-1995 A Light on the Hill - film for BBC Wales. Dir. Michael Bogdanov. The Pleacher's Tale - BBC Wales. Dir. Foz Allan. End of the Line - Radio 4, co- written with Guy Roderick. Dir. Alison Hindell. Red Dust Blue Dreams - Public Parts Theatre Co. Dir. Robert Rae.
Lifelines - eight part Aid Work series researched in Northern Kenya and Southern Sudan. BBC, Bible & Pilot. Green Dragon Waltz - comedy drama serial pilot, Pearson TV. The Park - series, BBC Wales, Bible & Pilot.
1994-1985 I Used To Live Here Before I Was Born - BBC Wales, Dir. Aidrian Mourby. Little Green Men - New Media Age / Yorkshire TV, Dir. Chris Clough. The Dead ‘C’ Scrawls - pilot, Radio 4 & Tickertape and V Signs - Radio 3, Dir Ned Chaillet. The Marseille Pack - Channel 4. Under the Judas Tree - Series Bible / development script, BBC 2. Ranger - Series Bible, four episodes & feature length series pilot Zenith / Tyne Tees.
Community Plays: Drych Trewythen - The Trewythen Mirror - Llanidloes, Dir. Guy Roderick. The Bodhran Makers - Cricklewood, adapted with Robert Rae & Y Delyn Golledig - The Lost Harp - Rhayader, Dir. Robert Rae.
Ma Hat Ma Coat and the Ghandi Girls and The Donkey's Revenge - Marillac Theatre Co, Belfast, Dir. Robert Rae.

"Mysticism is mixed with reality, the lines are poetic and perhaps Cox is proving that you don't have to be Irish to be a latter-day Yeats, for there is much which matches the great examples of Irish contemporary Literature in this remarkable drama". Belfast Newsletter

The Valley of Nantgwyllt - awarded 1st prize ahead of 950 entries in National Youth Drama Competition.
The Offcomer - Pocket Theatre,Cumbria, Dir. Lawrence Boswell. I Do - an RNT Studio ‘short’ Dir. Peter Gill. The Undergrounder & The Offcomer - BBC dev't. Up Like Lions - Laborintus Theatre Co. (Script Development).
The Devil's Bottler - commissioned by Sir Peter Hall for the Royal National Theatre.

“You have written an extraordinary and terrifying play. Violence, deprivation and flamboyance combine in a way I find quite unique. It is a remarkable achievement."
Sir Peter Hall

The Garden of England - commissioned by the Royal National Theatre, and researched over ten months in the 1984 miner’s strike. Produced in three versions: two at the Royal National Theatre and one major tour produced by 7:84 Theatre Company (England). Dir's. Peter Gill / John Burrows.
1984-1977 Up To The Sun And Down To The Centre - Royal Court Theatre - winner of the prestigious George Devine Award for Most Promising New Playwright, Dir. Danny Boyle.
Twilight Zone - adaptation of “La Nuit Juste Avant Les Forets” by Bernard Marie Koltes, Almeida Theatre. Edinburgh Fringe First Award Winner.

“I am still haunted by the eerie, hunted poetry…” Mary Brennan, Glasgow Herald
Tickertape and V-Signs - for 7:84 Theatre Co (England).

"Political theatre is rarely as terse or penetrating"
Mary Brennan, Glasgow Herald

"Powerful… stark, moving and plausible"
Michael Billington, The Guardian


Bring Out Your Dead - Red Ladder Theatre. Jimmy Riddle - B'ham Arts Lab. Dir. Sue Parrish. Henry Perfect, teleplay: not produced.

"I've just finished reading Henry Perfect. I'm still reeling. Will any TV company do it? Surely it's too good and accurate for them? It really is such a good play."
Edward Bond

Not Fish Not Flesh - adaptation for Soho Poly of “Nicht Fisch Nicht Fleish” by Frans Xaver Kroetz. Snatch - for The Black Theatre Co-operative. Second Hand Candle - Common Stock Youth Theatre. My Igloo is Burning - Rotherhithe Theatre Workshop. Dir. Guy Roderick. Let's Hear It For The Deaf Man - Royal Court Young People’s Theatre Scheme. Assistant Director to David Leland on Psy Warriors and to Edward Bond on the Royal Court YPTS production of The Worlds.
In Peter’s early years as a writer he supplemented his income and learned about theatre by working in twelve countries as a Company Manager, Lighting Designer and Production Manager in Theatre and Trade Shows / Conferences.
This included spending time as an observer in rehearsals with a wide range of theatre practitioners including Samuel Beckett, Edward Bond, Billie Whitelaw, Jonathan Pryce, Max Stafford Clark and Janet Suzman.

Education

1977-1973 B.Ed (Drama) St Mary's College, London University. (Degree Production - Highly Commended.) Sabbatical year as Student Union Vice-President.


Recent Professional Development

2012 Three Day Screenwriting Masterclass with Hollywood guru John Truby.
2012 Five Day Clowning workshop with Clown Lab: (Mark Winstanley and Alice Robinson.)
2011 Theatre Mask workshop course with Trestle Theatre
2010 One Day Screenwriting course - ‘Love Story’, with Robert McKee.
2009 Story Design in the Short Fiction Film - Raindance course with Richard Raskin.
2008 Maverick Screenwriting. Two-day Raindance course led by Josh Golding.
2007 Mythic Structure for Storytellers and Screenwriters – a two-day Raindance course with author of The Writer’s Journey, Christopher Vogler.
2003 Five-day Poetry course, Ty Newydd. (Gillian Clarke & Imtiaz Dharker.)
1999 Three day screenwriters 'Story' course with Robert McKee




Mentoring / Teaching

Peter has facilitated and led writing courses and Script to Screen events in Dublin, Belfast, Aberystwyth, Edinburgh and Kuala Lumpur as well as running workshops for BAFTA, Media Education Wales, The University of Wales, Aberystwyth, De Montfort University, Leicester and the John Moores University / MTV Screenwriting Course in Liverpool. He has also mentored young writers as well as many school and university students through work experience over twenty years.

Voluntary Work

In January 2012 Peter stepped down as Chairman of CARAD (Community Arts Rhayader and District) having been Chair since 1996 and having been a Founder Trustee and advisor with them since 1991.
CARAD, a Registered Charity, had just completed the final year of a fifteen year plan to develop a Community Arts and Heritage Project in Rhayader, that brought more than £2.5 million inward investment into rural Mid-Wales. This was a very challenging responsibility requiring strong leadership, creative artistic direction, strategic policy making skills, knowledge of Charity Law, and financial management of public funds. It also demanded the ability to inspire and motivate people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. During his term as Chair of Trustees he led the team that facilitated the active engagement of more than 118,000 members of the community and helped to inspire and deliver over 650,000 hours of community participation and engagement in arts, heritage and media projects.

The Creative Industries Sector in Wales

Peter has lived and worked in Wales since 1985 and has been very active in this sector at many levels including:

creative leadership in the community arts sector, drama and media studies development in higher education, media careers advice in schools, cultural policy making, economic and cultural regeneration, broadcast radio and television drama production, film education, professional theatre, youth theatre, youth music, live music promotion, carnival, international arts, community museums, cultural tourism, community circus, arts in rural communities and writing education through Academi.

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