Peter Goers has worked in the theatre in Adelaide and Istanbul since 1971 as actor, director, designer and playwright. A Fringe Award winner, his recent one-man Fringe entertainments are Somebody Has To Be Peter Goers, Actors, Drunks And Babies Never Hurt Themselves, Smoked Ham and the forthcoming Hard Rubbish. He has toured these shows with comedian Anthony Lamond throughout South Australia and in fact has given over 1,000 solo performances and speeches over the past decade. Recently Peter directed cabaret shows for Johanna Allen and devised three shows for the Feast Festival, while historically he’s worked with talents as diverse as Barry Humphries and Dame Joan Hammond. He co-directed Sunday In The Park With George for the State Opera of SA, and more than 100 plays from The Cherry Orchard to Gypsy. His favourite roles include Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey and Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, the latter at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide.
Formerly the Historian of the Performing Arts Collection of SA, Goers lived in Istanbul, Turkey in the 90’s where he was known as “Australian Delight” (joke). There he taught drama at universities, directed plays including the Turkish premiere of The Glass Menagerie in English, and appeared in pantomime. He opened the Parks Theatre and 30 years later opened Holden Street Theatres, directing and appearing in California Suite. He broke the house record in his first Out Of The Square tour. By public vote Peter was accorded a star in the Walk Of Fame at the Adelaide Festival Centre.
Since 2004 Goers has hosted the very popular Evening Show on ABC Radio Adelaide and has been honoured with over 12 awards for the show including twice Broadcaster of the Year. He has written a weekly column for the Sunday Mail for 26 years, and in 2013 co-hosted (with Phyl Skinner, the last vaudevillian) the live concert and broadcast of the centenary of Her Majesty’s Theatre. Goers is a board member of the Adelaide Festival and the History Trust of SA. In 2013 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to radio, community and the performing arts.
The Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show is a dream role for Goers as is working for John Frost and GFO for whom as Jill Perryman once said, “I’d happily sell lollies in the foyer if asked.”