Playwright, composer, musician
Peter, along with Irene Lofthouse, is one of the co-founders of Fresh Aire Productions. We tell and produce stories of hidden histories and secret stories on stage, radio and film.
Peter’s been writing music and comedy for over thirty years; pieces have featured on radio, he’s provided material for Pulse2's Paul Carrington show, and he’s currently one-third of The Idle Working Band. In 2018, Peter was a contributing writer for the satirical news programme ‘Have I Got News for You.’
Theatre comedy plays Include Agent Y, Mein Bunker, Under Their Feet and The Great Yorkshire Buffet (a work in progress). Full-length musicals include Queen of The Air and Rokella. Peter’s collaborating on a new musical called Catwolf. Screenplays include Peas on Earth, The Whisper and An Inspector Stalls, which was shortlisted in the British Independent Film Festival 2012 and the American Online Film Festival 2013. Radio sitcom, Queens of Dawson City, Season 1, was written and co-produced by Peter, who’s just completed Season 2, due for airing on local radio December 2018.
Writer, storyteller, playwright, actor, director, producer, historian
Irene’s appeared at Edinburgh Fringe, in films, on radio and in many regional productions; adapted stories and hidden histories for stage and radio. Co-founder of and Artistic Director of Fresh Aire Productions with Pete Aveyard Their ‘Queens of Dawson City’ radio sitcom Series 1 has featured on many local radio stations and Series 2 is in production. ‘Under Their Feet’ a recent play based on a true suffrage story is set to tour in 2019.
She’s a writer-in-residence with First Story, consultant/writer on HLF projects ‘Threads of War’, ‘Seeds of the Past’, Roots Around Paddock (RAP); writer/storyteller on suffrage projects with minority groups; educational facilitator on environmental themes with Friends of Bradford’s Becks/Aire Rivers Trust; consultant/writer/storyteller with Historic England exploring heritage through literacy/poetry/drama and a creative writing tutor.
Plays & Performance
‘Under Their Feet’, 2018, dramaturg. True suffrage story (Bradford Cathedral, touring 2019)
‘Protestors4Peace: Bradford Women’s Humanity League 1916/18’, 2018 (Delius Centre, Bradford)
‘Mrs Norton, Working Woman’, suffragette story, 2018 (Bradford, Leeds Libraries, Shipley Glen ‘Rally’)
‘Margaret Graham, Female Aerialist’, 2018 (Piece Hall, Halifax)
‘Over the Edge’, duologue 2018 (Pub Theatre Leeds)
‘Tragedy of Mary Ryan at Newlands Mill’, 2017 (Bradford Industrial Museum)
‘Carol’, Christmas Presence’, 2017, (Pub Theatre Leeds)
‘Words, Women & War: Forgotten Female Voices of the Great War’, 2016 (touring literature/arts festivals, schools, libraries, museums since 2017.Next at York Lit Fest, 27 March 2019)
‘Uncle Phil on TV’’ 2008, adaptation of JB Priestley short story (Bradford Cathedral)
Strange Tales in Bradford Dale, 2016, Gizmo Publications
Strange Tales in the Dales, 2015, Gizmo Publications
‘The Hat Box’ and ‘Palacio de Cristal’, 2018, CommuterLit.com
‘Invisible Man’ Armistice 100 Days, 2018, 26 Characters/IWM
‘Stories from Stone’ (writer/editor), 2018, Gizmo Publications
‘A Stitch in Time’, 2017, Tyto Alba, Comma Press
‘Mary, Mary’, 2017, 26 Twits/Roald Dahl Centre
‘I Love You’, 2016, 26 Lies/Free Word Centre
‘Rock to Seahouses’, 2016, 26 Steps
‘Lady Val’, 2015, Write a Wish,
‘Betty the Beautiful’, 2015, Under a Northern Sky
‘Ballad of Bodmin Moor’ 2015, 26 Postcodes
‘Scrolling Past’ 2015, 26 Pairs of Eyes/Foundling Museum
‘A Notebook’, 2014, 26 Designs/FIESTA