Short-listed for Saboteur
‘Best Spoken Word Artist’
Welcome to my website! My name is Dominic Berry, and I write theatrical poetry for people of all ages (I am also known as Dommy B when I write for children).
I am thrilled to have the honour of Saboteur announcing that, following public vote, I have been short-listed for ‘Best Spoken Word Artist’ of 2017. After touring my ‘No Tigers’ adult poetry show and family play ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ nationally and overseas, this is fantastic. Thank you, everyone!
If you would like to vote in this (there are many other categories full of astounding artists who all deserve recognition from all over the UK) please click on the link below
UK tour of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’
A collaboration between Arts Council England, Z Arts, Big Imaginations and Action Transport Theatre, this is my fifth poetry theatre show for children aged 5+ and their families. Stay tuned for further dates!
Whitby Hall, Ellesmere Port (2 shows, 10am and 1pm) – details here
St Helens Citadel (2pm) – details here
Burnley Youth Theatre (11am) – details here
Heysham Library, Lancashire – THIS DATE NOW SOLD OUT
Harris Library, Preston (2pm) – details here
The Brindley, Runcorn (1.30pm and 4.30pm) – details here
Eastwood Theatre, Glasgow (11am) – details here
Turnpike, Leigh, Wigan (1pm) – details here
Z Arts, Manchester (2.30pm) – details here
Castle Carrock, Cumbria (1.30pm) – details here
Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Cumbria (6.30pm) – details here
Memorial Church Hall, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria (2pm) – details here
Bardon Mill and Henshaw Village Hall. Cumbria (4pm) – details here
Blacon Library, Cheshire (6.30pm) – details here
Handforth Library, Cheshire (3pm) – details here
A collaboration between Arts Council England, Z Arts, Big Imaginations and Action Transport Theatre, this is my fifth poetry theatre show for children aged 5+ and their families. Stay tuned for more dates later in the year!
UK tour of ‘No Tigers’
I will be touring my poetry for adults show Down Under, with five weeks of gigs from Auckland to Wellington in New Zealand before the tour moves to Australia.
This coincides with the release of my next two poetry books for adults. Flapjack Press are publishing ‘No Tigers’ in February ready for an LGBT History Month launch at Manchester Central Library on Monday, 20 February.
Then, Stirred Press are printing a second collection of mine in March, which will be accompanied by an EP of poems with music by electro-artist extraordinaire Martin Visceral. UK dates for this include London Hammersmith, Manchester, Wrexham, Bristol and Barnstable, all prior to the New Zealand/Australia leg.
More info to follow – watch this space!
I am thrilled to announce that I will be performing on the Poetry & Words stage at 2016’s Glastonbury. This is truly a life long dream come true. I can’t wait to share this stage with some of my poetic heroes, including John Hegley, Buddy Wakefield, Keisha Thompson, Attila the Stockbroker and The Antipoet.
I have collaborated with award-winning director Kevin Dyer on a new set of verse called Playing Mortal Kombat Guarantees You Inner Calm. Here are some dates and places I have so far toured this. Details on where in Edinburgh Free Fringe this will be shown to follow.
CANADA, JANUARY 2016
8th St Catharine’s, Mahtay Cafe
9th, Niagara Falls, QEW
13th Peterborough, Spill Cafe
15th London, Ontario
UK, FEBRUARY 2016
16th Petersfield, Hampshire
20th Maryport, Cumbria
UK, MARCH 2016
10th, Newcastle, Alphabetti Theatre
12th Millom, Beggar’s Theatre
16th, London, Leicester Square
25th, Manchester, 3MT
UK, APRIL 2016
1st, Glasgow, Eastwood Theatre
A lot is happening with my work for family audiences. I have been touring my poetry play When Trolls Try To Eat Your Goldfish.
7th HULL, FREEDOM FESTIVAL
5th ILKLEY, LITERATURE FESTIVAL
18th RAINHILL LIBRARY
18th CHESTER LANE LIBRARY
28th CHORLTON, THE EDGE
29th BURY, THE MET
8th CALDER VALE, VILLAGE HALL
10th CUMBRIA, INVISIBLE ORCHARD
The TROLLS team are all super excited about getting this show out on the road! Good times!
Hot on the heels of last year’s ‘The Dragon Who Hates Poetry’ tour, this new, solo, family comedy show is hitting the road before heading up to Edinburgh for a month long run with PBH’s free fringe in August.
19 The Invisible Orchard, The Old School, Morland
2pm £7 invisible-orchard.com
20 Town Hall, WayWord Festival, Chester
10.30am £5 (under 12s free) wayword.co.uk
21 The Edge, Chorlton
1.30pm £7 / £5 edgetheatre.co.uk
22 The Continental, Preston
1pm £5 / £16 family ticket newcontinental.net
8 The Met, Bury
11am £6 themet.biz
29 Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham Poetry Festival
4.30pm £7 / £5 cheltenhampoetryfest.co.uk
30 Vegfest (at The Hove Centre), Brighton
3pm £2 (under 16s free) brighton.vegfest.co.uk
3 Bewick Hall, Newcastle City Library, Newcastle
3pm £2 sparkgoblinwizard.eventbri
18 St Mary’s Flower Park, Prestwich Clough Day
2pm Free entry prestwichclough.co.uk
The Dragon Who Hates Poetry goes on autumn / winter tour!
Trinity Walk Shopping Centre, Wakefield
11am / 1pm / 3pm
Florence Arts Centre
£5 / family discounts available
The Continental, Preston
£5 / £16 family ticket
Waterside Arts Centre, Sale
11.30am / 2.30pm
£7 / 5
East Midlands Vegan Festival, Lincoln
Ilkley Playhouse, Ilkely Literature Festival
£5 / 3
Tarvin Community Centre
£5 / 3
Harlequin Theatre, Northwich
£5 / 3
West Midlands Vegan Festival, Wolverhampton
The Met, Bury
The Atkinson, Southport
The Cockpit, London
Newcastle City Library
‘The Dragon Who Hates Poetry’ is part funded by Grants for the Arts / National Lottery and co-produced by Z Arts
‘Great show! The kids loved it. Very interactive and entertaining.’ Parent at Z Arts
‘Very good and funny and I would love to see it again.’ Child at Wigan Words
‘…one of the easiest artists to work with, you’ve kept in communication with me, flagged up show on facebook etc, I came in, on time, you were already here and set up!’ Booker at Wigan Words
Dominic wins …
Superheroes Of Slam, hosted by the Manchester Literature Festival
Dominic Berry’s ‘Pulse’…
Dominic performs award-winning set at ‘Not Part Of’ festival in Kro Bar, Manchester.