Welcome to my website!
My name is Dominic Berry. I won the 2020 Saboteur award for this year’s Best Spoken Word Artist. My poetry stage show, ‘I Can Make You Fail Slightly Less’, was longlisted for ‘Best Spoken Word Show’ of the year, and a show I dramaturged (Rose Condo’s ‘Empathy Experiment’) was shortlisted!
I was 2017 winner of Saboteur’s Best Spoken Word Artist award and also 2017 Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence (rebooked for 2019 Glasto, and 2020’s… had it happened!)
I stage poetry for children, and I create poems just for adult audiences. Given the current situation globally, I am now safe at home writing new material. As soon as it is safe and possible, I will be back on the road reciting!
Before the lockdown, here were my most recent 2020 tour dates
I am working on a writing commission secured from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts for creating a new show for performer Elaine Collins. This new show is being directed by Action Transport Theatre’s Nina Hajiyianni with support from Half Moon’s Chris Elwell. I am thrilled and honoured to be crafting some new, poetic words for a group of such talented and passionate artists.
This follows an amazing time I had performing two of my own shows at 2019 Edinburgh Fringe – ‘When Trolls Try to Eat Your Goldfish‘ and ‘I Can Make You Fail Slightly Less‘.
Here is a fuller review of ‘When Trolls Try to Eat Your Goldfish‘ from 2019 Ed Fringe!
and here is another review of the same show; 4 STARS from One4Review!
I have been writing poems professionally for many-a-year now…
Check out my Glastonbury Festival verse I created for my residency with them, including my appearance performing live on BBC2
Here are some of the places I toured in 2018, with my previous adult show No Tigers (Known in its earlier versions as Playing Mortal Kombat Guarantees You Inner Calm)
Also in this year, my poetry was featured in an amazing collection from Bad Betty, ‘The Dizziness of Freedom’, alongside such awesome poets as Dean Atta, Dizraeli, Lemn Sissay MBE, Jackie Hagan, Maria Ferguson, Salena Godden, Rob Auton and an absolute load of other exquisite talent with whom I’m honoured to be sharing pages.
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.
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
No Tigers international tour:
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
Children’s poetry tour:
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
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.