Pete Shaw

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Pete Shaw
Born (1966-12-02) 2 December 1966 (age 48)
Isleworth, London
Occupation journalist, technical writer
Nationality British
Period 1982—
Subject Computing & Theatre

Pete Shaw (born 2 December 1966 in Isleworth, London) is a British author, broadcaster, programmer and theatrical producer.

Early life[edit]

Shaw attended school in Stanwell, Middlesex. It was while at Stanwell Secondary School that he was introduced by a school friend to Tim Hartnell, the co-owner of Interface Publication, the other owner being his school friend's mother, Sue North.

His first published computer programme was The Elephant's Graveyard, written for the Sinclair ZX81 and published in the magazine ZX Computing in August 1982.[1]


Shaw's first book, Games for your ZX Spectrum,[2] followed at the end of 1982 and was published by Virgin Books in conjunction with Interface Publications and was an early title in a series of Games For Your. .. books published by Virgin. Shaw himself wrote three more books for the series, including Games for your Oric,[3] More Games for your Oric and Games for your Sinclair QL.[4] Shaw also co-wrote two books designed to teach the adventure game genre, Creating Adventures on your ZX Spectrum (Interface Publications, 1983)[5] and Creating Adventure on your BBC Micro (Interface Publications, 1985).

Shaw's books mainly comprised Type-In programme listings for home computers, which were designed to teach-as-you-type,[6] since the programmes contained many comments on how the listing worked.

Before he even left school, Shaw was a regular contributor to ZX Computing and Home Computer Weekly, and on leaving Stanwell Secondary School he turned down a sought after place at Isleworth Art College to work full-time for the newly launched computer magazine Your Spectrum.

It was at Your Spectrum (which later was relaunched as Your Sinclair[7]) that Shaw picked up the nickname Troubleshootin' Pete due to his regular column in the magazine in which he would answer reader questions that had been posed over the YS Helpline. Shaw's official title at Your Sinclair was Editorial Assistant when he first joined, but he was promoted to Deputy Editor within a year of joining the staff.

Your Sinclair was published by Dennis Publishing, and Shaw also contributed to other Dennis magazines including Your 64, Computer Shopper and MacUser.

While still Deputy Editor of Your Sinclair, Shaw also contributed to a weekly Capital Radio children's show called XYZ on Air, broadcast every Sunday and hosted by DJ Kelly Temple. The show was an eclectic mix of music, interviews, features and the 'Computerworld' slot hosted by Pete Shaw. It was Shaw's association with Capital Radio that brought about, The Capital Radio Book of Computers and Simple Programming (NeatQuest, 1985),[8] co-written with Kelly Temple and Your Spectrum's original Editor, Roger Munford.

Before 1985 was out, Shaw had written at least eleven computer technical books, published around the world and in several languages.


Since 2002[edit]

In 2002 Shaw produced Patrick Wilde's play You Couldn't Make It Up at the Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh. The show was Wilde's follow up to What's Wrong with Angry?, which had debuted a decade earlier at the Lost Theatre in London.[13] You Couldn't Make It Up was a black comedy dealing with issues of sexuality, the agendas of TV and film production and male rape. The year after its premiere in Edinburgh, Shaw brought the show down to the New End Theatre, Hampstead, London in 2003.[14]

In 2006 Shaw collaborated with Sir Tim Rice to produce his musical Blondel at the Pleasance Theatre in Islington.[15] Blondel was the first musical Rice wrote outside of his successful working partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber. Telling the tale of medieval ministrel, Blondel, the musical is set in two acts. Shaw also created the poster artwork for revival of Blondel.

In May 2008 Shaw took a new play by Matt Ian Kelly called Lightning Strikes to Dublin as part of the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.[16] In August the same year, Shaw took What's Wrong with Angry? and Boys of the Empire to the Edinburgh Festival with Glenn Chandler, the latter of which he transferred to London at the King's Head Theatre for a limited run over Christmas 2008.[17]

In 2011 he worked with photographer Paul Reiffer to create the website for The Grapes, famously owned by Evgeny Lebedev, Sean Mathias and Ian McKellen.[18]

In 2011 Shaw also collaborated with producer Danielle Tarento on Drowning on Dry Land,[19] which led to a string of further shows including Parade (2011),[20] Noel & Gertie (2011),[21] Burlesque (2011),[22] The Pitchfork Disney (2012),[23] Mack & Mabel (2012),[24] Victor/Victoria (2012),[25] Taboo (2012–2013)[26] and Titanic (2013).[27]

Shaw is the owner of Internet publication Broadway Baby [1], a reviews-based website particularly focused on fringe theatre. He has increased Broadway Baby's traffic considerably by integrating social media into the site, and has recently made it available through the iFringe, an iPhone application that collates reviews from some of the main independent reviews sites. He also started the Virgin Atlantic customer site, in 2003[28] [2], which regularly receives over 150,000 readers per month.[29]

He continues to write computer programmes on a freelance basis.

Theatrical productions[edit]


  1. ^ The Type In Fantastic, Jim Grimwood. URL last accessed on 22 March 2007.
  2. ^ YS Paperdata, Phil Cornes and Mike Turner. URL last accessed on 22 March 2007.
  3. ^ Concurrent Affairs, John Torofex. URL last accessed on 22 March 2007.
  4. ^ Sinclair User, QL News. URL last accessed on 22 March 2007.
  5. ^ Micro Adventure, John Fraser. URL last accessed on 22 March 2007.
  6. ^ My First Programming Book, Alberto Garcia. URL last accessed on 22 March 2007.
  7. ^ Your Spectrum Unofficial Archive, Jim Grimwood. URL last accessed on 22 March 2007.
  8. ^ YS Frontlines, Your Spectrum. URL last accessed on 22 March 2007.
  9. ^ World of Spectrum, URL last accessed on 20 March 2007.
  10. ^ Bergamo, URL last accessed on 5 April 2007.
  11. ^ World of Spectrum, URL last accessed on 20 March 2007.
  12. ^ World of Spectrum, URL last accessed on 20 March 2007.
  13. ^ Wild Justice, URL last accessed on 20 March 2007.
  14. ^ Indie London, Paul Nelson. URL last accessed on 22 March 2007.
  15. ^ Tim Rice's Blondel – Abi Finley and Chris Grierson prepare for curtain up, Jill Hallworth-Smith. URL last accessed on 19 March 2007.
  16. ^ Lightning Strikes, Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. URL last accessed on 1 May 2008.
  17. ^ Boys Of The Empire, Boys of the Empire. URL last accessed on 25 October 2008.
  18. ^ "The Grapes",
  19. ^ Drowning On Dry Land, Drowning on Dry Land. URL last accessed on 20 May 2014.
  20. ^ Parade, Parade. URL last accessed on 20 May 2014.
  21. ^ Noel & Gertie, Noel & Gertie. URL last accessed on 20 May 2014.
  22. ^ Burlesque, Burlesque. URL last accessed on 20 May 2014.
  23. ^ The Pitchfork Disney, The Pitchfork Disney. URL last accessed on 20 May 2014.
  24. ^ Mack & Mabel, Mack & Mabel. URL last accessed on 20 May 2014.
  25. ^ Victor Victoria, Victor/Victoria. URL last accessed on 20 May 2014.
  26. ^ Taboo, Taboo. URL last accessed on 20 May 2014.
  27. ^ Titanic, Titanic. URL last accessed on 20 May 2014.
  28. ^ Interview with Pete Shaw, URL last accessed on 28 April 2011.
  29. ^ V-Flyer Stats, URL last accessed on 19 March 2007.

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