Beyond The Pail

The Writer

No one could be more surprised that Beyond The Pail has made it to the stage than its writer, 33-year-old Henry Dawe. The play grew as if by magic from a collection of puns and jokes up with which Henry had come. He saw the potential to weave these disparate – some would say desperate – gags into dialogue between characters to form a one-act play.

Henry has been a member of Uppingham Theatre Company for over twenty years and is tremendously grateful to the company for agreeing to put on this play. He will also be taking a main part. He is in the photograph on the homepage, so you know where to direct your rotten apples if the script is not to your liking.

At Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he read French and German between 2001 and 2005, Henry founded the world’s first Punning Society, and this has given him the inspiration for Beyond The Pail. Members would gather once a term over dinner and try to come up with the best pun. Oh yes, they really knew how to enjoy themselves.

At university Henry directed the musicals The Boy Friend, Anything Goes and Divorce Me, Darling! He acted in comic parts in those three shows and as Sir John Tremayne in Me and My Girl, as The Duke of Plaza-Toro in The Gondoliers and as The Lord Chancellor in Iolanthe at the Minack Theatre. Henry developed a reputation for playing cantankerous, lecherous and inebriated old goats. Beyond The Pail will make a welcome change, as for the first time in a while he is not playing a character who qualifies for a bus pass.

After graduating Henry trained as a teacher but did not go into the profession, put off by all the shrieking and bawling, the dreadful manners and the endless abuse. And that was just the staff. Instead he ventured into the heritage sector, working in London between 2007 and 2012 and since then in Oakham, Rutland.

Henry was accepted at East 15 Drama School while in London but did not take up the offer, too concerned about leaving his position, spending a great deal of money on training and being just one among hundreds competing for work and agents afterwards. Instead he decided to try his hand at writing in evenings and at weekends since changing jobs. He very much hopes that you will all enjoy the result. If you do, the name is Henry Dawe. If you do not, it is Ethelred Clodhopper.

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