I am an actor and writer based in Uppingham, Rutland, where I grew up acting with the local theatre companies before taking acting, directing and writing further at Cambridge University.

Although I was accepted at East 15 Drama School in London, I felt that it would be more beneficial to developing as both a writer and an actor if I wrote and took a principal part in my own play. I acted in my first play Beyond The Pail: A Plotless Play of Puns and Pottiness at the 2016 Leicester Comedy Festival. This led to signing as an actor and writer with Red Talent Management.

Past, Present and Pipeline

My next shows were Potted Plays of Puns and Pottiness and Autumn Leaves Them Laughing in 2018 and 2019 at The Club for Acts and Actors in the West End. On the back of those evenings, I was accepted as a Performing Member there.

In October 2019 I made my live radio debut on James Whale Breaks The News on London’s talkRADIO with the Brexit-themed comic song parody ‘We Will Survive’. This was followed by a performance and discussion on The Alan Clifford Show, BBC Radio Nottingham on The Top Floor, BBC Radio Derby in January 2020.

Later in 2020, my first book Play on Words   was published by TSL Publications, followed by Thirty Pieces of Pottiness in 2021. Also in that year, I contributed material to the Leicester Comedy Festival jokebook All Puns Blazing.

I have released royal tributes in the form of a charity music video celebrating the life of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and two poems in honour of Her late Majesty The Queen. These can be found under ROYAL TRIBUTES. Also to be found there is a BBC-themed Coronation Poem.

In 2022, my six-part Tribute to The Golden Age of British Comedy, where the top names were woven into dialogue between the characters, was showcased on the website of the British Comedy Guide to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the BBC. I have now adapted the script for consideration at Radio 4 for 2026, a year of several significant anniversaries.

In November 2023 my radio drama The Autumn of My Years, in which I took a principal role, was broadcast on the Leicestershire radio station Harborough FM. It has since been accepted by Rutland and Stamford Sound and 103 The Eye in Melton Mowbray for autumn 2024. The play aims to break down the age barrier and promote inter-generational friendship. I have now adapted it as a television film.

Also in 2023, I completed the screenplay for a comedy feature film Goon at the Palace, a television film And It Will Fall To Us All To Hear The Call, a radio drama The Day That Cambridge Died and a musical to mark Kenneth Williams’ centenary in 2026. I am looking to take all these pieces further in 2024.

I am now at the stage of being able to offer three six-part radio comedy series: Play on Words, drawing from my book of that name; The Happy Half Hour, drawing from the book Thirty Pieces of Pottiness; and Smiles With Gyles, six one-off half-hour comedy vehicles for Gyles Brandreth.

Daze of Christmas x 12, my part-comic, part-meaningful re-imagining of The Twelve Days of Christmas, was broadcast in the run-up to Christmas 2023 on BBC Radio Derby, Leicester, Lincolnshire and Nottingham, Harborough FM (Market Harborough) and 103 The Eye (Melton Mowbray).

My current priority is to aim to celebrate the 90th birthday on 9 May 2024 of one of our greatest living writers and actors, Mr Alan Bennett, with two radio-style comedies as part of a charity evening in London.

French and German were my subjects at university. I have so far written and performed a German comedy routine in Cologne and would be interested in acting
opportunities in both France and Germany.

Acting and writing are great passions. It is deeply satisfying to bring pleasure to audiences, in whatever form that takes. If only I knew how to do it!

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Henry Dawe

Actor & Writer