I am an actor, award-winning playwright and voice over artist from Cornwall, England.
I am extremely excited to be a finalist in the Funny Women 2023 comedy writing awards for my new radio play The Marital Bed! I'm currently developing the stage version of the play with Central Works Theatre Company.
My first radio play Little Blue Lines was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2021 and went on to win the Gold award for Best Fictional Storytelling at the 2022 Radio Academy awards. I adapted the story for the stage in a play called Bloody Woman, which was placed in the top 35 in the prestigious Bruntwood Playwriting Award 2022. You can listen to Little Blue Lines on BBC Sounds.
Audiobook highlights this year include narrating two new sleuth series, Sherlock Bones by Tim Collins - four super fun dog detective stories for kids - and the beautiful Shell House Detectives novels by Emyllia Hall, set in my native Cornwall.
I’m also chipping away at an epic drama called Red Basin, which is set in Silicon Valley in the near future and explores our relationship with tech and nature.
To me, acting and writing are both about scouring for the truth and baring our souls. There is still a lot of truth to be told about being a woman, and I strive to fill a few of the gaps left by playwrights over the centuries.
I come from Cornwall and abandoned the big sea for the big smoke at 17 to train at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London. Twenty years later (and despite only achieving ‘commended’ on my Dip. Acting) I still earn a living acting, recording voiceovers and writing drama.
Aside from writing and acting I love exploring the outdoors as much as possible, singing and running around after my three little kids.
Now and again you can find me on Twitter @dottiedawson
Basking in surprise success with Producer Gemma Jenkins
Photo: Nicky Vincent