My first writing credit was FIVE SMOOTH STONES for the Bush Theatre in 1988, a two-hander in which I also appeared, alongside Edward Jewesbury who played the father.
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In it's poignancy and political punch this matches anything similarly essayed by Spalding Grey or David Hare; Searles is wholly excellent company. I'm going to pay to see Bolivia & Beyond. And a critic can't lavish higher praise than that.
A year later I co-wrote and directed PACHA MAMA’S BLESSING with Douglas Hodge for the National Youth Theatre. The following year it had a short run at the Almeida and Official Edinburgh Festival, before eventually (1996) being adapted as a BBC TV movie - re-titled FOREST PEOPLE - starring Helen McCrory.
Along with my repertoire of solo shows, other credits include a short film directed by Jonathan Martin and an Afternoon Play on BBC Radio 4. It was based on the third show in my Hey Gringo! trilogy about my Latin American travels. My tome of oil-rig stories – originally commissioned by Gavin Richards for 7.84 England later inspired the creation of the BBC TV series ROUGHNECKS which ran for two series 1994/95.
SEX... WITH PETER SEARLES (solo show)
National/international tour (2005)
A CHILE CHRISTMAS
BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Play (2004)
NIGHTRIDE (a short film)
Gangway Productions (2002)
HEY GRINGO! A CHILE CHRISTMAS (solo show)
National/international tour (2000)
HEY GRINGO! BOLIVIA AND BEYOND (solo show)
National/international tour (1998)
HEY GRINGO! THROUGH PERU (solo show)
National/international tour (1997)
FOREST PEOPLE (co-writer)
BBC 2, 'Scene' series (1996)
GOD SAY AMEN (co-writer/deviser)
ESC, tour of UK, USA and Canada (1991)
PACHA MAMA'S BLESSING (co-writer)
National Youth Theatre, Almeida & Official Edinburgh Festival (1988
FIVE SMOOTH STONES
The Bush Theatre (1988)
BRITANNIA RIG (co-writer)
7.84 Theatre Company (England) - Original idea for the BBC1 series, ROUGHNECKS