About the Author

Dave Jenkins studied theatre at an Academy Of Performing Arts, in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada in 1989. Dave auditioned for and joined “Theatre And Company”, a professional theatre company based in Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario, he started out in their apprenticeship programme and then became a company member.

Dave returned to England in 1993 after also being involved with YWAM drama teams that toured internationally, including Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Guyana and Honduras.

He then began putting on drama workshops around the UK, including the Farnborough air show (!) a local hospital, schools, churches and youth groups.

Dave turned down an offer from the Central School Of Speech And Drama in 1995 when the role of Director Of Creative Arts was specially created for him at Luton Christian Fellowship (LCF).

His position at LCF soon becomes full time, Dave is responsible for bringing arts, drama, videos etc into the life of the church. He wrote almost 200 sketches for Churches during this time, and directed or acted in almost all of those dramas. He was responsible for several short films, directing, filming and acting. Dave also ran theatre workshops for all ages and lead annual “drama fun weeks” for children aged 7-14 each Summer.

In September of 1996 Dave re-wrote and directed “The Three Trees” musical in conjunction with the Luton Churches Education Trust at the Luton Library Theatre. There were 3 sell out performances.

Dave has been greatly involved in local theatre over the years, including, at the Dunstable Little Theatre playing Lawrence Redding in “Murder At The Vicarage” and then playing Willum Cubbert in “The Nerd”.

Dave was closely associated with Luton’s St. Christopher Players for a number of years, including playing Clifford in “Deathtrap”, Edward in “Darling Mr London”, Dafydd in “A Chorus Of Disapproval”, “Man” in “Trap For A Lonely Man” and Bernard in “Don’t Dress For Dinner”.

Dave directed several productions for the company including, “Love Begins At 50”, “Anyone For Breakfast?” and, “Pardon Me Prime Minister.”

Dave also wrote and directed 2 brand new shows which each had their World Premieres at the Luton Library Theatre, “Wedding Daze” in 2006, and, “The Removal Firm” in 2008 (which was voted, “Comedy Play Of The Year” by a local newspaper reviewer.)

Dave wrote three pantomimes while in Luton, each of which premiered at LCF, “Jack And The Baked Bean Stalker”, “Cinderella Whittington And The Sleeping Alley Barber” and “Robyn Hood And Aladdin Boots” (which Dave co-wrote with Tom Wade.) Each of these pantos are available on this website.

In 2003 Dave began writing all of the drama sketches for the Urban Saints Energize website resource (195 sketches so far) This writing commitment continues throughout 2010 and beyond. In 2007 Dave wrote, and performed, “The Word Made Fresh” one man show. Which comprised of 14 monologues based on Bible characters. 7 from the Old Testament and 7 from the New Testament. 55 minutes each act. The Bible is often perceived as boring and irrelevant and yet The Word Made Fresh revealed how a real God makes a real difference to the lives of real people. Each of the monologues, inspired by the biblical text, is linked together by a background narration which helps the audience journey through the Bible, as the story unfolds from Genesis to Revelation. The first performance of “The Word Made Fresh” national tour was in Letchworth, 25 performances were then completed throughout the UK in 2007. This show was commissioned by Urban Saints. The last show of the tour was performed in November 2007 at Luton Christian Fellowship and filmed for a DVD which is available on this website.

Some of the comments made about Dave’s performances of “The Word Made Fresh” included, ‘It was funny, poignant, made me think, just great’ (Taunton) ‘I would highly recommend this show to everyone’ (Church Leader) ‘What a fantastic way to bring the Bible to life. I enjoyed every minute!’ (Harpenden) In March of 2007 Dave released his first book of 20 sketches, “Dramatic Set Ups! Volume 1”, which is available on this website.

In September 2007, Dave was commissioned to write and perform a comedy monologue entitled, “Youth behaving badly!” for the Urban Saints National Leaders Gathering in Stopsley

From August 2007 to June 2008 Dave wrote, directed and acted in a full length feature film entitled, “Much Ado About Lauren”. This film was based on a story idea by Dave and Simon Wade, who starred in the film. This film starred local friends and young people. It was a high school comedy and had its World Charity Premiere in June 2008 at the Cineworld Luton Cinema. The film received excellent reviews and was also shown at the Portobello film festival in November 2009.

In September of 2008, Dave moved to Swansea and in January 2009 he played the part of Detective Fix in Swansea Little Theatre’s production of “Around The World In 80 Days” this was performed at the Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea. Dave was shortlisted for best actor at the “Glammies” award ceremony that year.

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