Peter Salisbury

Dramatist, Screenwriter
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, England, where his interest in theatre and film began in school drama productions. While at school he was a member of The Gauntlet Theatre Workshop, a Cheshire based theatre company, and The Chester Gateway Theatre youth drama group. He studied Drama & Education at Lancaster University, where he specialised in process drama and improvisation, and studied Creative Writing with the Open University, where he specialised in screenwriting.

While at university, Peter wrote two short plays Remembrance Day and Sofa, and directed several plays, including Look Back in Anger by John Osborne, Krapp’s Last Tape and Rockaby by Samuel Beckett, and The Investigation by Peter Weiss, which enjoyed a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1987.  He is currently directing two new plays by the Irish writer Larry O’Loughlin.

Peter has worked extensively in secondary schools throughout the north west of England teaching performing arts and film studies with Key Stage 3, GCSE and ‘A’ Level students. He has been responsible for writing and implementing the drama curriculum, devised numerous student plays and been the internal examiner for drama in several schools throughout the north of England. Since moving to Ireland in 2007, Peter has taught drama in both primary & post-primary schools throughout the country.


Peter is a filmmaker and cinematographer with over 20 years broadcast and corporate filmmaking experience, including documentary, news and current affairs. His broadcast clients include the BBC, Channel 4, TG4, UTV Ireland and French TV5.

He has written and directed a short film ‘Mother and Daughter’. He is currently working on a feature length screenplay based on his great aunt’s experiences in Nazi occupied Vienna.

Session Details

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

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

Age Group Details

Preferred age group: 7-18 year olds

Availability Details

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

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