Dominic Berry is an award-winning poet. He was 2017 Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence, winner of the 2020 and 2017 Saboteur ‘Best Spoken Word Artist’ award, and has toured his verse across USA, Canada, India, New Zealand, Australia, South America and mainland Europe.
His other awards include winning New York’s Nuyorican Poetry Cafe Slam, UK Superheroes of Slam and, as of 2023, ten Arts Council England Grants for the Arts awards.
Dominic has performed his poetry on BBC2 showcasing the best of 2017 Glastonbury Festival, BBC’s Greg and Celia’s Festivals Highlights (highlights of 2014’s Edinburgh Fringe), Channel 4’s My Daughter The Teenage Nudist and Channel 4 News. In his children’s poet persona, he introduced his pet ‘Dave the Dragon’ on CBeebies Rhyme Rocket.
Dominic has nationally toured his self penned solo shows nationally and internationally, from 2014, 2018 and, through live-streaming, through 2020 until the present. These shows have beeen funded by Hamilton Project, Action Transport Theatre, Big Imaginations and Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts. Taken to Edinburgh Fringe, his children’s poetry show was voted by Fest as one of the Top 7 shows for families at Edinburgh Fringe
Full of energy, jokes and action, these performances have enjoyed full capacity crowds from and have resulted in Manchester’s Flapjack Press publishing the tie-in book to accompany each story.
For adult audiences, Dominic’s play about the modern mental health system Wizard (2012, funded by Oxford University, Arts on Prescription, Contact and GftA) toured the UK under the direction of PenUltimate’s Martin ‘Visceral’ Stannage.
His 2019 show ‘I Can Make You Fail Slightly Less’ enjoyed a full run at 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, toured the state of New York (including an unforgettable performance in New York City), and was shortlisted for Saboteur’s Best Spoken Word Show of the year.
Where Dominic Has Trained
- As a teenager with the National Youth Theatre of Wales
- In his early twenties with Manchester Contact’s Young Actor’s Company, 2003 – 04
- An ‘At Home’ artist’s residency with Contact, 2007, directed by Shabina Aslam and John McGrath.
- Route’s Foreword course led by the legendary Gerry Potter AKA Chloe Poems, 2007
- Apples & Snakes’ performance courses, through 2007 – 2014
- Action Transport Theatre – under the direction of Kevin Dyer, 2014 – present
Book Me For A Performance
For enquiries, commissions and project management, phone 07804 745 079 or email me.
For schools, UK and overseas, my agent is Authors Abroad