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 Europe.
His other awards include winning New York’s Nuyorican Poetry Cafe Slam, UK Superheroes of Slam and, as of 2021, nine 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 ‘Dommy B’ persona, he introduced his pet ‘Dave the Dragon’ on CBeebies Rhyme Rocket.
For family audiences, Dominic has nationally toured his self penned solo shows Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh! Dinosaurs! (2016, 2017, 2018 and pre-lockdown 2020, voted by Fest as one of the Top 7 shows for families at Edinburgh Fringe), The Dragon Who Hates Poetry (2013, 2015, 2018 and 2019 funded by Big Imaginations and Grants for the Arts) Spark, The Goblin Wizard (2014, 2018 and, through live-streaming, 2020) funded by Hamilton Project) and When Trolls Try To Eat Your Goldfish (2014 and 2019, funded by Action Transport Theatre, Big Imaginations and GftA).
Full of energy, jokes and action, these performances have enjoyed full capacity crowds from London to Glasgow, 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 latest 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