Peter Rumney

Peter Rumney

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Theatre Design

Role

Senior Lecturer, Theatre Design

Peter teaches in the undergraduate Theatre Design course and has a particular interest in critical practice. His work within Theatre Design is linked to his external collaboration with Dragon Breath, a theatre production company that creates and manages regional programmes of theatre with and for young people, in partnership with artists, schools, arts organisations and other education institutions.

Current projects

  • Gulliver’s Travels, Dragon Breath Theatre / Curve Theatre, 2012
  • Dream Play, Big Window Theatre, 2011-12
  • Writer-in-Residence, Djanolgy Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham University, 2010-12
  • Papplewick Pumping Station Water Literacy Project.

Past projects

  • 2004 to 2006, Creative Partnerships Nottingham, Research Bursary for project Speaking, Writing and Listening in primary schools.
  • 2005 to 2007, ACE and EMDA provided support to Dragon Breath for The Icarus Project.
    This performance/education project engaged secondary school students with the moral and ethical issues of stem cell technologies through epic visual theatre and a contextualised programme of creative learning. The performances were the culmination of an 18-month cycle of research and development by artists working with undergraduates on the development of form, to devise creative learning tools for science teaching in schools. The programme feeds into Peter’s ongoing research into developing creative curricula in schools. The project extended ways of teaching the 2008 21st Century Science Curriculum, both in and outside the school science laboratory.
  • 2004-5 Creative Partnerships provided support for ‘Dragon Breath’.
    This 15-month performance and education research programme, worked inclusively with primary school children designated as having ‘emotional and behavioural difficulties’. Taking the ‘child’s voice’ as both the inspiration for - and evaluation of - the artist’s work, this project investigated the efficacy of interdisciplinary teams subverting the conventional school curriculum, effecting a re-positioning of teachers’ attitudes to angry young people.

Career overview

Peter is developing work on ‘Cycles of Shared Learning’, researching the use of multiple intelligences through theatre performance created collaboratively by artists, educators, school pupils of all ages, and undergraduates.

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Research areas

Research:

Peter is currently working as a writer-in-schools, researching and developing Literacy curricula through the visual arts and kinaesthetic learning. In this role he is investigating ways of developing collaborations with artists, young people and teachers.

  • ‘Shared learning’ in the education sector and creative industries.
  • The efficacy of theatre as a learning tool

Information for prospective research students:

Peter is developing work on ‘Cycles of Shared Learning’, researching the use of multiple intelligences through theatre performance created collaboratively by artists, educators, school pupils of all ages, and undergraduates. He also explores the development of Creative Writing in schools through visual art and kinaesthetic learning, with specific reference to engagement with Art Galleries.

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Scholarly:

Peter is currently Cultural Partner and Writer in Residence with the Creative Partnerships Nottingham Speaking, Listening and Writing Sneinton Action Research Group of schools. In this role he is investigating ways of developing collaborations with artists, young people and teachers.

Professional:

Peter is a writer, actor, director and community artist and arts animateur. Most of his plays have been written for young people, and he works with his potential audience to create the themes, images and characters that inhabit the performances. He works with people who might consider themselves marginalised or disenfranchised by mainstream culture or education… such as people with disabilities; refugees; the elderly; and younger children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, with whom he has pioneered a number of arts programmes. His current production is Gulliver’s Travels (2012), an adaptation of Swift’s classic for children aged 9+, exploring Transition, Literacy and PHSE through production and Education programmes across the East Midlands. Crucial to the writing process in all Peter’s work is the collaboration and interaction between design, visual narrative and the written text.

External activity

  • 2012 Public talks LS Lowry and Narrative, Djanolgy Art Gallery , Nottingham University
  • 2012 Puppetry and Literacy, Northamptonshire LEA and Corby Cube , with Sue Pyecroft
  • 2011 Growing Stories: Early Arts and Literacy, Early Arts network, Leicester 2011
  • 2011 The Mighty Creatives Summer Event, with Dragon Breath Theatre
  • 2008-11 ACE, EMDA, Ignite and Curve provided support for the Cosmos Project, a performance and education programme exploring the communication of science through immersive theatre for 4-6 years olds, and its further application to autistic teenagers in mainstream education.
  • 2005 to 2007, ACE and EMDA provided support to Dragon Breath for The Icarus Project.
    This performance/education project engaged secondary school students with the moral and ethical issues of stem cell technologies through epic visual theatre and a contextualised programme of creative learning. The performances were the culmination of an 18-month cycle of research and development by artists working with undergraduates on the development of form, to devise creative learning tools for science teaching in schools. The programme feeds into Peter’s on-going research into developing creative curricula in schools. The project extended ways of teaching the 2008 21st Century Science Curriculum, both in and outside the school science laboratory.
  • 2004-5 Creative Partnerships provided support for ‘Dragon Breath’. This 15-month performance and education research programme, worked inclusively with primary school children designated as having ‘emotional and behavioural difficulties’. Taking the ‘child’s voice’ as both the inspiration for - and evaluation of - the artist’s work, this project investigated the efficacy of interdisciplinary teams subverting the conventional school curriculum, effecting a re-positioning of teachers’ attitudes to angry young people.
  • 2004 to 2006, Creative Partnerships Nottingham, Research Bursary for project Speaking, Writing and Listening in primary schools.
  • 2005, Invited Speaker, Boyz 2 Men: A Creative Journey - Creative Partnerships School Coordinators Conference, Warwick University.
  • 2005, Judge, ACE John Whiting Award.
  • 2004, Case Study presentation, Boyz 2 Men: A Creative Journey, ACE ‘Insights’ Conference, Nottingham.
  • 2004, Facilitator, Developing the Writer Writernet Conference, Soho Theatre, London.
  • 2003, Speaker, The Designer and the Playwright, 2D to 3D Society of British Theatre Designers Conference, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.
  • 2003, Speaker, Writing with and for Young People, Theatrescope Conference, NTU.
  • 2003, Speaker, The Spark, Conference on Young People’s Theatre, Haymarket Theatre, Leicester.
  • 2003, Keynote Speaker, Artsmark Presentations East Midlands, Theatre Royal, Northampton.
  • 2003, Speaker, Engaging children with Literature, Action for Children’s Arts Seminar, Worcester College, Oxford.
  • 2002, Arts Council England John Whiting Best Play Award, Jumping on my Shadow (Theatre Centre, 2002). This was the first play for young people since 1967 to win this award.

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Curve Theatre / Leicester Theatre Trust
  • The Mighty Creatives
  • Djanolgy Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham University
  • Writing East Midlands
  • National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)
  • Papplewick Pumping Station/ Centre for Advanced Studies (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) Nottingham University
  • National Literacy Trust (Literacy Leaders Network)
  • Mellers Primary School, Nottingham
  • Northamptonshire LEA Extended Services
  • Nottingham Central Education Improvement Partnership
  • Corby Cube
  • Big Window Theatre Company
  • Birmingham Book Fair / Writing West Midlands
  • Early Arts Network
  • Arts Council England (ACE)
  • East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA)
  • Centre for Effective Learning in Science (CELS)
  • Ignite
  • Creative Partnerships
  • New College Nottingham
  • Creative Partners 4 Progression
  • Ellis Guilford School and Sports College, Nottingham
  • Write Muse (Leicestershire Open Museum Service)
  • Dance 4

Press expertise

Peter's areas of expertise include:

  • Education (early years)
  • Literacy/Reluctant readers
  • Theatre (in education)
  • Writers in schools
  • Theatre
  • Theatre writing
  • Theatre (for young people)