Peter Salisbury

Discussion with Writer, Creative Writing Workshop, Drama Workshop
Age Group
7 - 10, 11-15, 16 - 18
Primary, Post Primary
Works in English ONLY
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Mornings, Afternoons

Publications/Repertoire/Productions & Background Experience

Peter Salisbury grew up in Chester in England, where his interest in theatre began in school productions. While at school he was a member of The Gauntlet Theatre Workshop, a Cheshire based theatre company & the youth drama group at The Chester Gateway Theatre. He studied Drama & Education at Lancaster University, where he specialised in process drama and improvisation. 

While at university, Peter wrote two short plays Remembrance Day & Sofa, & directed several plays, including Look Back in Anger by John Osborne, Krapp’s Last Tape & Rockaby by Samuel Beckett, & The Investigation by Peter Weiss, which enjoyed a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1987.

Peter has worked extensively in secondary schools throughout the north west of England teaching performing arts & film studies with Key Stage 3, GCSE & ‘A’ Level students. He has been responsible for writing & implementing the drama curriculum, devised numerous student plays & been the internal examiner for drama in several schools throughout Cheshire & Merseyside.

Since moving to Ireland in 2007, Peter has taught drama in both primary & post-primary schools throughout the country. He is a part time drama teacher at the Gaiety School of Acting & part time tutor in literature at DCU. He has also worked with the National Learning Network in Dublin, encouraging adults with learning difficulties to gain confidence to re-enter the workplace through drama.

He has also worked with Artscope on many school based drama projects throughout Ireland, including a week long residency in Glasnevin in Dublin (Thank You For The Music).

Peter is currently working on a screen adaptation of Nessa O’Mahony’s Irish civil war verse novella, Trapping a Ghost.

Session Details

Peter’s drama workshops draw upon his interest in children’s natural ability to create inspiring dramatic narratives. Through a wide range of theatrical techniques & conventions, he guides students through the drama process in their personal quest for meaningful characters & stories. The results are often highly imaginative & striking short plays.

He enjoys working with small to medium sized groups (15-25) in both classroom settings and performances spaces.

Peter is also available to run Shakespeare drama workshops in which students explore the characters, plot & themes in plays such as The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, & Hamlet through text inspired improvisation.

Age Group Details

Preferred age group: 8-18 year olds

Availability Details

I am available to run drama workshops & teach creative writing workshops throughout the week

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