Award winning young people's playwright, poet, story writer, performer and director. Project manager, solo and collaborative artist, specialising in cross art form projects.
His play Jumping on my Shadow (2001)(Faber & Faber) is the only play written specifically for young people to win the ACE/John Whiting Best Play Award (2002, and one of two of Peter's plays cited as among the best plays for young audiences 1965-2015.
Peter was a Creative Partnerships Cultural Partner researching into developing literacy and creative writing in schools and site specific settings, training teachers and emerging writers in these environments
Formerly the Writer in Residence at the Lakeside Art Gallery at the University of Nottingham, (2010-2012), Peter. From November 2016 he will be a Writer in Residence at Nottingham Contemporary, working with schools audiences to develop creative writing form contemporary art.
Senior Lecturer, School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University.
Artistic Director Dragon Breath Theatre
"Seeing, Doing, Writing" (2016)
Action research into developing literacy in galleries:
"Seeing, Doing, Writing" (2013)
Action research into developing literacy in galleries:
NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) magazine
"Tool box or Pandora's box?"
Action research into animating literacy:
Creative Partnerships website & NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) magazine Summer 2008.
Jumping on My Shadow:
in Plays for children 2. London : Faber and Faber, Ayckbourn, A., ed.
Rainbow Stories (Paper Space/ Lakeside Arts Centre) ACE /Creative Partnerships 2006
Dragon Breath 2004 (Dragon Breath Theatre)
The Icarus Project 2007 (Dragon Breath Theatre)
Cosmos 2009 (Curve/ Dragon Breath Theatre)
Gulliver's Travels 2012(Curve/ Dragon Breath Theatre)
A Crack in Time 2015 (Dragon Breath Theatre) Site specific immersive performance
The Cassandra Room (Dragon Breath Theatre/Nottingham City Museums and Galleries) Interactive exhibition
"Theatre for angry children in an angry world", in Theatre for children and young people. ASSITEJ UK/Aurora . Bennet, S., ed.
Works & Things: an anthology of creative writing strategies for teachers and the public June 2008
LEAP 08 and KAPOW 09: New writing anthologies from NTU MA Creative Writing Course
Rainbow Stories (Paper Space/ Lakeside Arts Centre) written with nursery school children and published by Paper Space Arts supported by ACE /Creative Partnerships 2006
Absence of Light Collaboration with photographer Zoë Childerly Loughborough Museum 2006
Wise Monkey Commissioned and toured by with Arts Council 24-8 performance poetry tour 2002
A wide range of workshops for professionals and others (Theatre Writing Partnership / Writernet / NAWE / Creative Partnerships CPD & INSET / Write Muse /
PRIZES & AWARDS:
* Arts Council England John Whiting Award for Best Play 2002
* THES / ACE Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts 2007
* ACE Award for Young People's Theatre Writing 2005
* Brian Way Award for Young People’s Theatre Writing 2008 and 2009
* Nottingham Creative Business Awards (Writing & Publishing) 2009
* Kohn Award for Science Communication.
* Stephen Spender Memorial Award for Translation
WORKING IN SCHOOLS & RESEARCHING LITERACY:
Peter spent many years working with Creative Partnerships, researching innovative ways of developing Literacy in the curriculum. He explores how ‘experiential’ learning via different art forms and multiple-intelligences can support Speaking, Listening and Writing. He collaborates with dancers, new media artists, musicians, fine artists, mask makers, drama practitioners - & is currently developing a model for long term school writer-in-residencies.
DRAGON BREATH THEATRE:
Peter is Joint Artistic Director of Dragon Breath Theatre, which makes professional theatre with and for young people. The company specialises in sci-art collaborations - artists, scientists, undergraduates, children & teachers working together to create epic, poetic, visual productions, & education research programmes engaging with complex scientific ideas. He is Senior Lecturer in Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University, which hosts Dragon Breath.
DEVELOPING OTHER WRITERS:
Peter was part of Leicestershire’s Write Muse team, writers responding to museum objects & paintings in a county-wide creative writing programme, working with teachers and other providers, and publishing Words & Things, an anthology of creative writing strategies. He has also worked as a dramaturg, supporting new playwrights.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT & COLLABORATIONS:
Peter has developed many project partnerships & collaborations. He was Combined Arts Officer at East Midlands Arts; Education Officer at London Borough of Barnet; & Joint Manager of City Arts, Nottingham.
His site specific (poetry) collaboration with photographer Zoë Childerly An Absence of Light was exhibited at Loughborough Museum (2006). Performance poem Wise Monkey was commissioned & toured by the ACE 24-8 Poetry Tour (2002). Peter contributed to The Factory’s 50:50 New Writing programme at Hampstead Theatre, & achieved distinction in his MA in Creative Writing, focussing on poetry and fiction for children & young adults.
Theatre Commissions: Standard industry rates
Education Work: I charge according to ability to pay. Daily rate is £300 pd for delivery. INSET/ CPD £300-£500 per day.
The biggest resource I require are the people I work with, children and/or adults. I generally prefer to work in as large a space as possible (e.g. transforming the school hall) as my work is kinaesthetic, visual and dramatic. However, I also work in the classroom where appropriate, and make full use of digital media to enhance the learning experience.
Peter Rumney has been engaged to work on a number of Creative Partnerships projects in schools in the East Midlands. His work is highly regarded, always well received, imaginative and innovative, and planned and delivered with responsibility and care. As well as his work as an individual practitioner on participatory projects with young people and school staff, Peter's work with Creative Partnerships also led to the creation of Dragon Breath Theatre, which has brought together young people, teachers, theatre professionals, scientists and other specialists to produce ground breaking young people's theatre.
Director of Creative Learning
The Mighty Creatives (TMC)
Working with Peter. (by a year 6 pupil, a recent immigrant from Libya)
On Monday afternoon Year Six and the Children from the Foundation Unit worked with Peter (aged 18, from France) [sic] from the Creative Partnerships, to design a creative building in the old Foundation Unit space. The children had to use their Imagination working in the Hall.
Firstly, all of the Children had to warm up to get ready to use their imagination. Quickly, Peter asked the Children to stand up and copy his movements, as he shook to the music. The Children found this very amusing. Because he was shivering, the Children fell on the floor laughing. By the time the Children had calmed down it was time to move on.
Then, Peter asked the Children to lay down. The Teachers were gutted because they did not think that this was hard enough work! Peter helped the Children to travel to a dark, scary forest in their minds. All of Class Six truly enjoyed this experience. After the Children had seen the scary forest, everybody saw their own imaginary building. Class Six were so relaxed that they all yawned! A. [the author] aged eleven from Libya, commented that Children were so lazy. The Children built the building that they saw, with craft materials.
As Peter walked [sic] in the Hall, he told Class Six to work with the Foundation Unit Children. The Year Six Children were puzzled. Peter told the Children to get in to twos and one person would have to go to get a Foundation Unit Child to work with. When all of the Children were together in the Hall, Peter told a story about a monkey. All of the older Children thought that this was a bit babyish but a very funny story. After, the year six Children had to work with the Foundation Unit Children to draw a special place for hard work and fun for the monkey.
Eventually, the job was done. The Year Six Children had finished their task (to design and build a creative building) and were asked to tidy up the Hall. Peter was so impressed he told the Class Teacher that he thought they were brilliant! The teacher walked into Class Six and shouted "Brilliant" as she poured the whole marble jar into the other pot. Class Six were on Cloud nine. Because Year Six had enjoyed working with Peter, They were excited about working with him after Christmas.
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