Dr Lloyd Peters

Senior Lecturer in Media and Performance

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Lloyd Peters has been a Senior Lecturer at Salford University since 1993, was Head of the Performance Division from 2003-07 and headed the Fiction Film Production and Documentary MA programmes (2007-11). He was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011 principally for his work on the MA programmes.

Lloyd has been a professional writer, actor and director for 35 years.  He has worked with many leading writers and directors including: MIKE LEIGH,  ALAN BLEASEDALE (twice), KEN RUSSELL, MICHAEL WEARING and PHILIP SAVILLE.  Lloyd was also Manchester casting director for the Channel 4 Alan Bleasedale series GBH and worked closely with director ROBERT YOUNG.

Lloyd studied Drama at Manchester University (BA Hons.) 1975-78 where he formed the alternative comedy company 20TH CENTURY COYOTE which included Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson.

Lloyd established his own production company RED-ROAR FILMS and has written, produced and directed many films featuring among others: RIK MAYALL, TOM WATT, KEN MORLEY and FIONA ALLEN. The films have been screened at the Brixton Ritzy, Leeds Playhouse, Bradford Museum of Film and TV, The Odeon, Showcase and Cornerhouse cinemas in Manchester.

Lloyd wrote, produced and directed CONCRETE CHARIOTS, a 16mm film drama commissioned to support the 1990 Manchester Olympic bid in Manchester.  It was screened by Granada Television in July 1991 and achieved critical acclaim and large ratings.  STRANGER WITH HER (35mm film) was screened at the ODEON CINEMA, Manchester as part of the Expressionist Festival in September 1992.

Lloyd directed HELL, HULL AND HUDDERSFAX by Gary Brown at the DANCEHOUSE THEATRE as part of the Manchester City of Drama Festival and PARADICE CRESCENT by James Waddington at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Lloyd also directed CARE 'N' COERCION by the same writer at the 1995 Edinburgh Festival to rave reviews (Pick of the Day and 4 stars in The Scotsman).

Lloyd's writing work includes commissions for the BBC drama series DOCTORS, Radio 4 satire show WEEK ENDING, THE RUSS ABBOTT SHOW, and a BBC TV sit-com pilot entitled KIDS 'N' KAFKA (co-written with Gary Brown).  His first play for Radio 4 entitled A HIGHER EDUCATION was Pick of the Day when it was transmitted on June 20th 2000 and received universally favourable reviews. It was nominated for the Richard Imison award - Best 1st radio Play - in 2001. His most recent BBC plays are GOODBYE MR GHERKIN, broadcast November 2007 and FOUR STEPS TO HEAVEN (Pick of the Week on Radio 4 ) and BELL IN THE BALL (2010) .

As an actor Lloyd has appeared in a large number of television drama and comedy productions playing a variety of major roles.  These include leading and featured parts in Mike Leigh's HOME SWEET HOME, BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF, HEARTBEAT, LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE, THE BILL, CORONATION ST, BOY WHO WON THE POOLS and THE HISTORY MAN series. His latest role in the BBC radio series HIGHER was transmitted in August 2012.


Subject areas at BA and MA level

TV Comedy , Stand-up Comedy, Characterisation

TV and Radio Acting ,Video Production Techniques ,Scriptwriting

Presenting, Producing: Video drama projects, TV Producing and Directing,

Theatre Acting, Practical  Research Projects ,

 Introduction to Reviewing, Final Project Supervision

Collaborative Projects (MA), Final Research Projects

MA TV & Radio Scriptwriting, Independent Research Projects ,

 Dissertation, Video/TV techniques: Camera, Lighting, Sound, Editing

Theatre Directing: "E to the Power 3" Performance in Robert Powell Theatre, Salford. Practice-as Research Production and accompanying article (See Research heading)

As Theatre Director: Camino Real, Whale Music, Thatcher's Women,

Care 'n' Coercion (Cross-course Edinburgh Festival show), Dr Caligari,

The Government Inspector, Commissioned by Manchester Drama Festival: Hell, Hull & Huddersfax

I am programme leader for:

MA Media Production which includes:

MA Media Production: TV Drama Production

MA Media Production: TV Documentary Production

MA Media Production: Children's TV Production

MA Media Production: Animation

MA Media Production: Post-production for Television

MA Media Production : Wildlife Documentary production

Research Interests

Lloyd is a member of the editorial board of the Comedy Studies journal (Intellect) where his article on Racism in Comedy was published in 2010. Lloyd's other academic research has focused on Non-naturalistic modes of screen and stage performance and Adaptation theory. Lloyd has commenced a PhD through publication based on his broadcast radio plays for the BBC.

In addition, Lloyd’s research interests centre around issues that focus on political performance, adaptation theory, comedy studies, radio drama, disability issues and non-naturalistic stage, recorded media and screen performance. The exploration and analysis of his research has been presented as chapters in international publications and articles in peer-assessed national journals as well as dissemination through BBC Radio broadcast. He is regularly invited to present papers and chair Working Groups (Wg) at The International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) most recently at the Political Performance Wg and Disability Performance Wg in Santiago, Chile.

Papers presented by Invitation at:

Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Santiago, Chile (IFTR) 2012 (Also Convener of Working Group)

Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany. (IFTR) 2010

Lisbon University, Portugal (IFTR), 2009

Stellenbosch, South Africa, (IFTR), 2007

Rajasthan University, Jaipur, India, (Theatre & Democracy), 2007

Helsinki World Congress, Finland. (IFTR) 2006

Tampere University Seminars, Tampere 2006

AMPE conference, Leeds, Jan 2006

Washington University, Maryland, USA, (IFTR) 2005 

AMPE Conference, Lincoln 2005

Oslo University, Norway 2005

Community/Performance Conference, Rhode Island, USA 2004

Political Futures, Alternative Theatre Today, Reading International Conference Political Futures, Alternative Theatre Today, 2004.

Tampere University Seminars, Tampere 2004

Qualifications and Memberships

EQUITY member

PhD commenced

Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award In 2011


Chapter in Political Performances. Theory and Practice. Themes Theatre 4
Haedicke, Susan C., Deirdre Heddon, Avraham Oz and E.J. Westlake (Eds)
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2009, IV, 379 pp. (Themes in Theatre 4)

Part 4 Practice

“Non-naturalistic performance in Political narrative drama: methodologies and languages for political performance with reference to the rehearsal, and production of E to the Power 3 – Education, Education, Education.”

Lloyd Peters and Sue Becker
Radopi New York – Amsterdam NY 2009

ISBN: 978-90-420-2606-3

Comedy Studies Journal: (Chris Ritchie & James Harris

Principal Editors, published by Intellect 2010

Racism in Comedy re-appraised: Back to Little England?

Lloyd Peters and Sue Becker

Volume 1 Number 2 Intellect journals

ISSN 2040-610X

E-Article. "Big is Beautiful: Emphasising Scale in Community Arts". Refereed hypermedia article incorporating text, stills and video. by Lloyd Peters and Steve Dixon.

Published in "Studies in Theatre and Performance"

Volume 23 Number 2 Intellect Journals

ISSN 1468-2761


Presented as paper IFTR – Disability performance Working Group, santiago, Chile.

Article for The Sunday Sun newspaper: It’s not funny and not clever (with Sue Becker) (2007)

Expressionist dance-drama (writer/director) "Now You See Her" (25 mins) - Post-production now completed. Culmination of Salford funded research project: Non-naturalistic styles in Narrative Drama.  Accompanying article: "Methodologies, psychologies and responses - with reference to the rehearsal and production of "Now You See Her" - draft completed to be submitted to: "Studies in Theatre and Performance"

On-line Director of Live Web Telecast of Chameleons 3: Net

Congestion research project (August 2000)

Contributor (camera) Filmed section of "Chameleons 2" research project.

Member of Media and Performance Research team.

Four Innovative projects included as part of 1996 RAE

submission: Stranger with Her;  Paradice Crescent;  Hell, Hull and Huddersfax; Care 'N' Coercion