The Creators

Mike Pearson was born and grew up in North Lincolnshire. After training as an archaeologist, he created theatre professionally for twenty-five years. He is currently Professor of Performance Studies in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University. He is co-author of Theatre/Archaeology (2001) and author of In Comes I: Performance, Memory and Landscape (2006).

John Hardy is a Cardiff-based composer of orchestral and choral works; film, television and radio soundtracks; and music for dance and theatre. In 2006 he was granted an Arts Council of Wales ‘Creative Wales’ award to support his orchestral composition. The recently formed Hardy Syndicate – a group of eight musicians on violin, viola, cello, saxes, clarinets, percussion, drums, live electronics, and keyboards – is dedicated to playing his compositions on the concert stage.

Pearson and Hardy have worked together since the mid-1970s – in Cardiff Laboratory Theatre and Welsh theatre company Brith Gof within which they collaborated on a notable series of large-scale, site-specific works including Gododdin (1988), Pax (1990) and Haearn (1992).

For documentation of Mike Pearson’s collaborations with artist and designer Mike Brookes, working as Pearson/Brookes see

Pearson, M. 2006 In Comes I: Performance, Memory and Landscape (Exeter: University of Exeter Press) may be purchased from the publisher or the Centre for Performance Research

For further information on John Hardy’s work and recordings for purchase see

For further information on the Landscape and Environment strategic programme and other funded projects see

Hugh Fowler is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has extensive experience of music technology and has worked with John Hardy since 2006 as co-composer and studio manager in the John Hardy Music studio.


Prof Mike Pearson
Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Parry-Williams Building
Penglais Campus
SY23 3AJ

Tel: + (0)1970 621506

John Hardy
John Hardy Music

Tel: + (0)29 2031 1050 ext 233

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