Peter Biggs

Peter was in the Royal Signals and Royal Army Ordinance Corps.

since leaving the Army way back in 1983 due to a medical discharge

following a period in hospital for physical and mental health shortly after returning from the Falklands. For many years, he has lived with the stigma surrounding the condition. He joined a theatre group called the Combat Veteran Players in 2011. He felt it would help him to recover from years of isolation trapped in his own mind.

 

He played Puck in Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Fuwelen and Henry in Henry V at the Old Vic Tunnels and the Duchess Theatre, in London amongst other venues. He was cast as the King in Hamlet but unfortunately was unable to perform because of a serious illness. He played Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night. and King Edward, Scrivener and Lord Stanley, in Richard the III the Swan theatre Stratford upon Avon and at the Leicester Square. He has also done several workshops at the Globe and the R.S.C more recent he played Pinch in the Comedy of Errors at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Washington D. C.

 

He writes poetry and was invited to perform some of his work at the Kings Chapel London and the Wells Next to Sea Poetry festival. Peter is also an accomplished Artist and has had work exhibited at the Mail Galleries, and the House of Lords in London and other shows his work includes portraits of HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH the Countess of Wessex.

 

He says back in the dark days when the word Mental was a swear word and PTSD was not recognized people would side step you and companies would not employ you for fear of the unknown. Working with the Art’s helps keep his mind busy and prevents the sad and bad memories taking over.