After is studies at the Koninklijk Vlaams Conservatorium in Antwerp, he got to work as an actor with the Koninklijke Nederlandse Schouwburg (KNS). He then founded, together with Guy Joosten, the Blauwe Maandag Compagnie (the BMC) in Gent, 1984. In 1998, Perceval founded Het Toneelhuis: a fusion between the Gent BMC and the Antwerp KNS. Since 2005, he has mainly been active in Germany: first as the resident director of the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin, and as leading director with the Thalia theatre since 2009.
He won the Jan Oscar de Gruyter award in 1991, for his directing in the pieces Strange Interlude and De voader. In 1998, Perceval’s theatre pieces were awarded by various theatre critics. The play Ten Oorlog (1999) earned Tom lanoye and Perceval the Thalia award. The German version of the play Schlachten! Was selected for the prestigious Berlin Theatertreffen, and won the Innovations award there in 2000. In 2001, Peter Verhelst and Perceval won the Taalunie Toneelschrijfprijs for Aars!.