I am an actor, award-winning playwright and voice over artist from Cornwall, England.
My new play The Marital Bed was runner-up for Comedy Writing at the Funny Women 2023 awards in September. It’s a difficult play about sex-positivity, laundry and traditional gender roles as prescribed to a Gen X couple navigating the aftermath of MeToo revelations. It’s not strictly a comedy, though it makes me howl. It’s currently being considered for two theatre festivals, one on either side of the pond - the SheLA summer theatre festival and the Premiere’s season of new writing at New Wimbledon Theatre.
Exciting news too from my multi-media, near-future Silicon Valley tech and trees play Red Basin, it is a semi-finalist at the 2024 National Playwrights Conference! This play is ambitious in every way and very personal to me as an environmental activist and parent who’s mental health is often tied to decisions made at both COP and by our elementary school board. Big what’s the point of life if it’s not to buy more stuff / save the planet? ideas.
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 last year. You can still listen to Little Blue Lines on BBC Sounds.
After writing both a stage play and radio series about miscarriage, I thought I had finished dramatising the experience, but living in the USA and watching the painful, cruel effects of overturning Roe v Wade play out has made me reconsider. I’m currently gathering ideas to write a play called Family Second (after a t-shirt slogan I saw a man wearing in Nevada - God First, Family Second.) It will follow three or four characters in their attempts to grow their family in Florida and Texas.
Finally, I’m looking forward to getting back in the recording studio soon to record the beautiful Movies Showing Nowhere by Yorick Goldewijk.
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/ X @dottiedawson
Funny Women founder Lynne, writing finalists & "Matron"
Basking in surprise success with Producer Gemma Jenkins
Photo: Nicky Vincent