Peter Macqueen works as an actor, a fight director, a writer, director and garden designer and has been working with Theatre by the Lake in at least three of those capacities over the last decade – most recently as an associate artist with his touring theatre company PMac Productions.
He was one of the original members of the Society of British Fight Directors (now BADC), is on the Equity register and has directed fights in theatres all over the country, ranging from wildwood stoat mayhem in The Wind in the Willows, through several Macbeth/Macduff encounters, to the murderous onslaught in Deathtrap. He coached a half-blind Bernard Bresslaw to brandish a broadsword in Falstaff (Arts Theatre); a prop-phobic Susannah York to wield a knife in Lyric for a Tango (West End); a meticulous David Threlfall as Hamlet (Oxford Playhouse); and helped an assortment of dwarves, leopards and unicorns to victory in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s first production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Peter is also working on fights in Bold Girls in the Studio, will be directing Soaked, an incoming Laal Marra production, in the Studio for August, and is currently writing The Scrooge Diaries which will hopefully be ruining people’s Christmas in the Studio in December!
Designs for Theatre by the Lake: Rookery Nook, Dracula, The Comedy of Errors, See How They Run!, An Inspector Calls, She Stoops to Conquer, The Railway Children, Noises Off, Hay Fever, Keep Smiling Through, Northanger Abbey, What the Butler Saw, Bus Stop, Grimm Tales, A Chorus of Disapproval, Summer Lightning, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Lady in the Van, The Importance of Being Earnest, Portraits in Song, The Mother, Habeas Corpus, Mrs Warren’s Profession, The Real Inspector Hound, The Woman in Black, All My Sons, The Good Companions, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Blithe Spirit, Season’s Greetings, The Hired Man, The Snow Queen, The Wizard of Oz, Dick Barton: Special Agent, Gaslight, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sinbad! – The Untold Tale and Of Mice and Men.
Nick has also designed for Birmingham Rep, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Chester Gateway, Watford Palace Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, Bristol Old Vic, Manchester Library Theatre, National Theatre and the Lyric, Hammersmith – to name just a few.
(Composer / Sound Designer)
Theatre credits include: I Know How I Feel About Eve (Hampstead Downstairs); Bandages (National tour); The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe); Mudlarks (Hightide Festival, The Bush); The Pitchfork Disney (Arcola); Judgement Day (The Print Room); Edward II, Dr Faustus (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Persuasion, People at Sea, The Real Thing, Arsenic and Old Lace, Les Liasions Dangereuses, The Constant Wife (Salisbury Playhouse); Speaking in Tongues (Duke of York’s); Ghosts (The Duchess); Platform (Old Vic Tunnels); Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Royal Bath and National tour); The Mountaintop (Trafalgar Studios/ Theatre503); Breakfast With Mugabe (Theatre Royal Bath); Some Kind of Bliss, Hello and Goodbye (Trafalgar Studios); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Harrogate); Raisin in the Sun, Six Characters in Search of an Author (Young Vic); Dealer’s Choice, The Shooky (Birmingham Rep); The Lifesavers (Theatre503/Mercury Theatre, Colchester). TV/Film composition: Agatha Christie’s Marple, Series 3 and 4 and series 5 episode The Secret of Chimneys (ITV); Wipeout (children’s drama), Sex ‘n’ Death (BBC).