Welcome to my website!
My name is Dominic Berry. I was 2017 Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence (rebooked for 2019 Glasto!) and 2017 winner of Saboteur’s ‘Best Spoken Word Artist’ award.
I stage poetry for children, and I also create poems just for adult audiences.
I am currently busy writing what will become my next touring show, but … I will take some time back on the road for a mini-tour of an older work this October, returning to theatres with the first piece I ever wrote for younger audiences, ‘The Dragon Who Hates Poetry’!
This follows a hectic but amazing time performing two 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 this year’s 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)
My poetry for adults is featured in the 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
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 No Tigers. 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.