Peter Slade (1912Ã¢â‚¬â€œ2004) was a pioneer in the field of theatre for children and was also known as an expert in work for those with special needs. He was the first person to speak on dramatherapy at the BMA, and in 1964 was chosen to chair the Creative Drama section of the first International Children's Theatre Conference in London. He directed the Rea St Centre, and for over 30 years ran his Summer Schools which became internationally renowned. On retirement he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal. His books and articles are known worldwide.