Photography: Alex Vaughan

Peter Cook

Peter made his debut as a professional playwright in 2020 with Breaking the Castle which had its world premiere at the Street Theatre in Canberra. Breaking the Castle was a one man show that he also performed in. Peter cut his teeth as a writer at the University of Queensland where he studied journalism. He has spent over a decade of his professional life in Theatre in Education working for both major theatre companies and through his own initiatives writing and devising plays with young people all over Australia. One of his projects, Cunnamulla Dreaming, written with the young people and community of Cunnamulla in South West QLD became the subject of a documentary on NITV.

Peter graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts as an actor in 2001. Since graduating Peter’s theatre credits have included Cigarettes and Chocolate for the Darlinghurst theatre in Sydney, Europe for QLD Theatre Company, The QLD Premiers Drama Awards for QLD Theatre Company, various plays at the Sydney Short & Sweet theatre festival, Thore House for Baze in Sydney, The Eisteddfod and Breathing Corpses, The Chain Bridge and Breaking the Castle for The Street Theatre in Canberra, Wet and Dry for the NIDA director’s season, Anatomy Titus Fall of Rome for QLD Theatre Company / Bell Shakespeare, Tender for Metro Arts in Brisbane, and The Removalists for QLD Theatre Company.

His TV credits include All Saints, Young Lions, Terra Nova, Redfern Now, the Gods of Wheat Street, Secrets and Lies, Old School and The Secret Daughter. His Feature film credits include Danny Deckchair, Down Under Mystery Tour and Beauty and the Beast for American Sci-Fi Channel. Peter has also featured in a number of award-winning short films and won the Warner Brothers QLD New Filmmakers best actor award.