Pete Brooks

Course Director MA Performance Design & Practice

Central Saint Martins

Research interests

Contemporary performance design and practice, the relationship between design and dramaturgy, post-dramatic dramaturgies.

Research statement

My practice/research has focussed on the impact of transmedial scenography on dramaturgy within the field of post-dramatic theatre. The work is designed to be performed in middle scale (250-450 seat) theatres. My work with the performance company Imitating the Dog (of which I am one of three core members) is currently concerned with exploring the aesthetics of transmedial theatre performance, and the dramaturgical implications of incorporating digital material within the live event. My work with Imitating the Dog is seen as influential within the area of practice and receives funding from Arts Council England.

Recent work Kellerman (2008) has been performed in theatres throughout the UK, as well as in France and Taiwan and has been reviewed in the national press. The success of the English performances resulted in invitations to perform in Saint Etienne at the Comedie Francaise, and in Taiwan, at the 2012 Taipei festival of digital performance.

Six Degrees Below the Horizon (2011) explores and stages the heterotopic landscape of an imagined European seaport in the early 20th century and its vagrant cultures using a radical and original use of digital projection technologies. It has been performed in middle-scale (250-450 seat) theatres throughout the UK; in Greece at the National Theatre of Greece and in Cyprus at the Cyprus Theatre Organisation. The work was originally funded by the British Council as a collaboration with the National Theatre of Greece and The Cyprus Theatre Organisation. It has subsequently been funded by Arts Council England to allow development and domestic touring.

Stunde Null/The Zero Hour (2012) explores the evolution of Europe and the mythologies of European identity. The performance is structured through layering six different versions of post-war Europe originating with the ‘zero point’ that begins with the fall of Berlin in 1945. As such, it examines the ways in which the cinematic has dominated the broader cultural understanding of history over the last 50 years, and attempts a critique of this understanding through the juxtaposition of cinematic and theatrical conventions. It is designed to be performed in middle-scale (250-450 seat) theatres. It was selected by the British Council for inclusion in the British Council showcase at the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival.

Selected research outputs

  • Zero Hour (Stunde Null)

    Brooks, Peter and Quick, Andrew, Imitating the Dog Theatre Company (2012) Zero Hour (Stunde Null). [Performance]

  • El Rey Lear [Performance]

    Brooks, Peter (2011) El Rey Lear. [Performance]

  • Six degrees below the horizon

    Brooks, Peter, Imitating the Dog Theatre Company (2011) Six degrees below the horizon. [Performance]

  • The splinter in the flesh

    Brooks, Peter, Hellenic Dance Company, State School of Dance (2010) The splinter in the flesh. [Performance]

  • Kellerman

    Brooks, Peter and Quick, Andrew, Imitating the Dog Theatre Company (2009) Kellerman. [Performance]

  • El Cuidador

    Brooks, Peter and Quick, Andrew (2006) El Cuidador. [Performance]

  • Hotel Methusaleh

    Brooks, Peter, Imitating the Dog Theatre Company (2006) Hotel Methusaleh. [Performance]

  • Testigos

    Brooks, Peter and MacDonald, Claire and Velasquez, Rodrigo (2005) Testigos. [Art/Design Item]

  • In Praise of Folly

    Brooks, Peter (2005) In Praise of Folly. [Performance]