I am an actor and writer based in Uppingham, Rutland. Although I was accepted at East 15 Drama School, 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. So in February 2016 I acted in Beyond The Pail – A Plotless Play of Puns and Pottiness, a one-act play that I wrote for the Leicester Comedy Festival. Following the festival, I was taken on as an actor and writer by Robert Wilkinson at Red Talent Management.

Past, Present and Pipeline

Beyond The Pail had a rehearsed reading with the professional play-reading group Actors and Writers London in September 2017, and the general feeling was that it would be best trimmed as a half-hour radio piece. I adapted it for that medium and put on a reading of it, together with a number of other radio comedies, at The Club for Acts and Actors in London’s Theatreland in April 2018. I was encouraged by the audience reaction and, having made some adjustments, am now looking to have some of these pieces considered for radio broadcast.

In December 2018 I acted in my short comedy The Consultation, which had a
rehearsed reading at Actors and Writers London. In February 2019 my short play A Secret Place was performed over two nights at London’s Canal Café Theatre as part of Love Shots, two evenings of plays on the theme of love around St Valentine’s Day. Later that month I released online a Brexit-themed comic song parody called ‘We Will Survive’. I was delighted to be able to take the song further on the radio some months later.

In the summer of 2019 I wrote new material and tested it out in front of a live audience as part of an evening called Autumn Leaves Them Laughing at The Club for Acts and Actors on 28 November 2019. On 4 October 2019 I made my radio debut with an updated version of ‘We Will Survive’ on the talkRADIO show James Whale Breaks The News. This was followed by a performance and discussion on The Alan Clifford Show at BBC Radio Nottingham on 6 January 2020 and on The Top Floor at BBC Radio Derby on 27 January 2020.

My huge love is wordplay, and I have indulged it in my recently published proposed radio series Play on Words. The most meaningful episode is a fond tribute to the Golden Age of British Comedy, where the names of our great laughter-makers are woven into the dialogue. A second comedy collection of sketches, shorts and monologues has also been published under the title Thirty Pieces of Pottiness.

On 1 May 2021 I released ‘Two Paces Back’, a charity music video in tribute to His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who had died on 9 April. The song can be found under ‘Two Paces Back’.

In November 2021 the joke book All Puns Blazing, to which I was a contributor, was published in support of the Leicester Comedy Festival and can be purchased here.

In 2022 I shall be taking a principal role in my radio play The Autumn of my Years, which explores the developing friendship between an elderly lady and a young man.

Following two shows at The Club for Acts and Actors, London, I have been accepted as a Performing Member there.

For any European acting projects, I speak French and German.

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Henry Dawe

Actor & Writer