Peter Gordon

Peter Gordone:
Twitter: @pete_gordon

Available to come to book groups? Yes
Available to give talks? Yes
Available for school visits? Yes
About Me
I was born in York and am now a full-time playwright.

Playwriting was an accident! Before becoming a writer, my earlier career as a Chartered Civil Engineer took me as far afield as the Middle East and eventually led to me becoming Head of Civil Engineering at a UK university.

My first play was published in 1990 and since then I have written eleven comedies, a psychological thriller and a one-act comedy. Ten of these have been published and performed world-wide. They are available for performance through the play catalogue of Josef Weinberger Ltd.

My ‘Inspector Pratt’ trilogy – spoofs of the Agatha Christie genre of whodunnits – have been described as “deliciously wicked” and “hilarious and very clever”. Collectively, ‘Murdered to Death’, ‘Secondary Cause of Death’ and ‘Death by Fatal Murder’ have had over one thousand professional and amateur tours/productions in the UK and overseas, including USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Of my modern comedies, it has been said that “Peter Gordon writes about life. Sometimes it is bizarre and funny, sometimes it is sad, but it is always entertaining”. My personal favourites include ‘Par for the Course’, ‘The Reunion’, ‘Out of Focus’ and ‘Third Week in August,’ which has been performed at the world-famous Minack Theatre in Cornwall.

My most recent play is a new comedy based around a long-distance walk – working title ‘Walk the Walk’. I have several other ongoing projects, including a musical adaptation of Generations Apart.

In 2010 I formed Piggyback Theatre Company, a not-for-profit theatre project which aims to perform new work in aid of local charities.

Being a true Yorkshireman, I have always returned to my roots and now live in York with my wife, Janice. In addition to writing, I have an interest in music and consider myself to be a competent drummer but a less-than-adequate guitarist. I am trying to keep my ukulele playing a secret from my friends!

My plays

Cover of Gordon - Murdered to DeathMurdered to Death
Josef Weinberger Ltd, 1993. Paperback
Genre: Play. Comedy
Set in York? No
Description: The play introduces the inept and bungling Inspector Pratt, who battles against the odds and his own incompetence to solve the murder of the house’s owner. It soon becomes clear that the murderer isn’t finished yet; will the miscreant be unmasked before everyone else has met their doom or will the audience die laughing first?
Reviews: ‘hilarious and very clever’ Nottingham Evening Post
‘deliciously wicked spoof …’ British Theatre Guild
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Cover of Gordon - Par for the CoursePar For The Course
Josef Weinberger Ltd, 2013. Paperback
Genre: Play. Comedy
Set in York? No
Description: Captain’s Day at the Seven Lakes Golf Club gets off to a bad start when the men’s Captain is indisposed. Club secretary, Simon, relishes the chance to take over but is soon thwarted by the arrival of Vice Captain, Nick and his girlfriend, Tiffany. Lady Captain, Fran, and enthusiastic but hopeless Barry add to the confusion as a series of disasters mount. With the unexpected arrival of Simon’s wife, Laura, tensions build and things go from bad to worse.
Reviews: ‘Gordon brings warmth, humanity and no little humour to his writing …’ The Press, York
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Cover of Gordon - Third Week in AugustThird Week In August
Josef Weinberger Ltd, 2005. Paperback
Genre: Play. Comedy
Set in York? No
Description: When Sue accidently books into the caravan site from hell, she is soon taken under the wing of expert but inadequate caravaner, Neville … that’s when he’s not engaged in battle with his wife or trying to cope with his difficult sister-in-law. Matters become complicated with the arrival of the enthusiastic Tony and his complaining girlfriend, Jenny.
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Details of Peter Gordon’s other published plays can be found at They include:

  • Secondary Cause Of Death
  • Death By Fatal Murder
  • Generations Apart
  • Out Of Focus
  • Seeds Of Doubt
  • The Reunion
  • Slim Chance.

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