ROY PEACH

Writer

THEATRE

From a young age I’ve loved the theatre. I first trod the boards in playgroup when I played the King who bought gold. It was in primary school that I began creating my own mini plays. As middle school arrived I was firmly settled into every school play, performing parts from an evacuee during the Blitz through to The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz.

At the same time I joined The Vera Legge School of Performing Arts, something of an institution within Oxford, and remained with them for many years. It was around this time I cut my teeth on script writing and began writing short stories, as well as directed full length plays for the family during the summer holidays. One year we performed a version of Mary Poppins with just four of us. I remember sitting with the VHS for hours pausing, writing a line, rewinding, and continuing like this until I had the full script.

Upper school provided the opportunity to explore theatre more, as I devised pieces for GCSE around Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in the UK. I was in the throws of performing drama, musicals, devised pieces, and more.

I have performed in local community theatre, on the stage at the New Theatre Oxford with houshold names, and in 2019 wrote and directed my debut piece, performed at The Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon. I received technical theatre training with Pegasus Theatre.

Since leaving school I have continued to play a part in local theatre, having performed with the Lime Walk Players for more than a decade, taking on roles such as Fagin in Oliver and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and directing Peter Pan. I received training in improvisation from Kevin Tomlinson of KEPOW! Theatre and have workshopped with Voice and Text Coach Michael Corbidge (RSC) and scriptwriter Clare Bayley. Further workshopping has included clowning with Mark Curtis at Small Nose Productions, and puppeteering with Annie Brooks from Puppetbox. 

I have had my writing performed as part of the Oxford Theatre Makers programme, and currently work freelance with Justice in Motion. In 2024 I was accepted onto a script writing course with Mike Bartlett (of BBC’s Doctor Foster fame).

Roy has a sensational voice and clear presence whilst performing.

Michael Corbidge, Voice and Text Associate, RSC

A playful performer with great energy. Fun to watch.

Mark Curtis, Small Nose Productions

If You’re Happy and You Know It, Sept 2023

At Tatterfield Overdale Secondary School, the autumn term has started. Daisy is showing off her snaps, Dana produces her Arts Council funding bid to Mrs (Ros) Barker, the exasperated Headteacher, and Ros, well, she just wants out of the mad house. With the expectation that the professional arriving that morning to talk about careers in the Arts will put the school on the map, spirits diminish when Willie, a children’s entertainer arrives to sing nursery rhymes. When stressed Lori appears, her patience wears thin when she refuses to let Willie anywhere near the students, recognising him from a children’s birthday party she was at the previous weekend. 

Fantastic work – it made me laugh out loud!! I absolutely loved [the] piece. The perfect way to start the show!

If You’re Happy and You Know It was written and performed within 24hrs as part of the Oxfordshire Theatre Makers programme. It was performed at Mill Arts Centre, Banbury. Directed by Simon Tavener.

All at Sea, Oct 2019.

In a small seaside town sits Seafare, a failing shop that sells the usual holiday knick-knacks, souvenirs, and tat. The funds raised from the sale of stock goes to support the local RNLI service, of which John, who owns the shop, is a part of.

The story follows the lives of Judy and Kate, John’s wife and adult daughter who are bearing the brunt of the issues the shop is facing as John works away more and more. As Judy struggles to make ends meet, Kate is determined to prove to her dad she can make it work. Mix in ditzy family friend, Tess, and it’s clear to see why the business is struggling.

As a summer storm approaches, so does Pash, Kate’s friend from their University days, now a successful businesswoman in London, who’s offering her time for free to build the business back up. A series of miscommunications and mix-ups occur. Friends and family turn against one another and it looks like calm will never be restored.

‘All at Sea was a breath of fresh air. Funny and moving. A down to earth and relatable story.’

All At Sea was performed to sold out audiences at Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon. Written and directed by Roy Peach, with incidental music by Matt Winkworth