- Bryan Dawe is best known for his work on Clarke & Dawe on ABC, now in its 26th year.
- Bryan wrote and performed in the spoof series The Games, and was a writer on the first two series of Fast Forward.
- His acting credits include The Castle, The Honorable Wally Norman and Paul Cox’s Lust and Revenge.
- Bryan was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for ‘Services to the acting profession.”
Presentations as himself
A Satirist’s Journey (includes an interview with Sir Murray Rivers on screen)
From the grim educational pickings of working class Port Adelaide in the 1950’s and 60's, surviving the advice of his alleged ‘career advisory officer’, Bryan escaped from high school at 15 and went on to become one of Australia's finest humorists. His journey has resembled the comment of fellow humorist, the late Spike Milligan, who said of his life 'I have nothing organised, so nothing can go wrong'.
At school, Bryan was told couldn't become a writer, performer or work on radio. His expressed desire to become a Barrister was quickly dismissed by his career advisory officer on the basis that he came from the “wrong background”. Despite this 'advice' Bryan went on to write, direct and perform on radio, stage, film and television for over 35 years. He also eventually became a Barrister - ‘Sir Murray Rivers QC’. Not only did Bryan create a lawyer, to the chagrin of his Career Advisory Officer, he made him a Judge and knighted Sir Murray as well! In late 2012 and early 2013, Bryan was the keynote speaker at the South Australian and the Victorian Bar Association’s dinners. He was given a standing ovation on both occasions.
A Satirist’s Journey is an highly amusing and at times poignant story (and a cautionary tale for those taking advice from a School Advisory Officer) in which we also meet Bryan’s two endearing characters: Roly Parks from Kalangadoo and the outrageous Sir Murray Rivers QC. In a hilarious interview “via satellite from Canberra”, Bryan on stage interviews ‘Sir Murray Rivers’ on screen). ‘His Honour ‘provides a very opinionated update on how the Federal election is going and what the colony might look like under an Abbott Government. It is a clever piece of multi-media illusion that has the audience in stitches.
The Art of Catching Trains
Growing up Bryan Dawe's backyard was the wharves, the Port river and the sight of the soon to be replaced steam locomotives ploughing their final journeys from the docks of Port Adelaide to the city of Adelaide. Born next to a busy rail line, Bryan fell in love with rail travel early and the fascination has never ceased. He has travelled on trains across Australia, Western and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Morocco and Iran.
In a fascinating and humorous multi-media presentation, Bryan takes his audience on a story telling journey covering almost 60 years of train travel. Awaking the audience’s love of trains he tantalises them by suggesting that they forgetting flying when there is a choice of a journey by train, encouraging them to take their time, their wine, a block of smelly cheese and their friends, on a veritable 'train picnic'.
Perfect as an after dinner presentation.
Political satire in character
Sir Murray Rivers QC
Sir Murray Rivers QC (retired) is one of Australia's most controversial legal and political figures. He is a former Victorian Supreme Court Judge and an outspoken media commentator, often described unkindly, and he believes unfairly, as ‘The Graham Richardson of the Liberal Party’.
His forthright speech “'Looking back to the future - Looking forward to the past. Australia under an Abbott Government' is a senior Liberal insider, not only outlining what's in store for the colony after September but what the Labor Party has done (or not done) to bring about its own demise.
This is a hilariously clever, insightful, thirty minutes of political humor and wit which is so politically incorrect it will annoy or satisfy in equal measure. No-one of either political persuasion escapes unscathed. This is political satire the way only Bryan can deliver.
Roly Parks – Letters from Kalangadoo
One of Bryan's most endearing and beloved characters, 'Roly Park's lives in a town called Kalangadoo - a real town in the South East of Australia. Each week Roly writes a letter to his son, Gene, who is gay and lives in London with his partner, Ahmed, a former Moroccan ballet dancer formerly with the Royal Ballet. The letters are about Roly’s life in Kalangadoo and about how Roly views the world as a bright but elderly man living in a small town. The 'Letters' are both ironic and humorous but also deeply touching.
The stories range from his ongoing encounters with his former wife of fifty years, Sonya, to his run-ins with the town gossip Beryl Coates, or with the hilarious attempt to bury the ashes of his best mate ‘Bull’ Devine.
This is Australian story telling at its finest. A thoroughly entertaining forty five minutes by one of Australia’s finest humorists. Dealing with aging, facing your maker and trying to stay afloat in a world that bears no resemblance to the Australia which Roly Parks grew up in. Roly’s not complaining about the changes, he’s just trying - like all of us - to make sense of it. Perfect for an audience not forty any more who enjoy a belly laugh and a bit of comfort in knowing that it's not just them that can't make sense of the world today.
- Master of Ceremonies
Bryan was engaging and funny. Best of all he tailored his speech to our conference which meant it was also rewarding and thought provoking.
Bryan was fantastic and was well received by the audience (some even star struck!) He was very well suited to the demographic of the audience and they enjoyed his humour and wit. Will definitely keep Bryan in mind for future events.
Allianz Australia Insurance Limited
Bryan's relaxed manner and easy style of entertainment hit the right note with information - overloaded Conference delegates. A pleasure to deal with.
It was a pleasure to have Bryan speak at our very important golf day last week. The feedback I have received was excellent, all of our guests really enjoyed his talk.
Highly entertaining and kept the attention of 375 people.
Australian Industrial Relations Commission
Bryan's presentation had broad appeal and his material was current and very relevant for our audience
Australian Institute of Company Directors
Australian Taxation Office
Bryan was fantastic - a perfect way to end our breakfast function. People were talking about his performance all day!
Boating Industry Association of Victoria
I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation, and your characterisations obviously going to be the most popular on the conference. Bunnings senior staff had no idea the character was not real. All enjoyed it enormously.
Brian was fantastic, his performance as Sir Murray Rivers was hilarious and very witty! Brian was extremely professional and lovely to work with. We would most definitely work with him again.
Bryan chose an applicable subject "Change" and thoroughly entertained the audience after a lengthy weekend. He mixed with the audience afterwards, which conference participants enjoyed
Brian's performance was top class, Sir Murray Rivers red carded the Mayor ! Brian is a very talented and funny man ! It was a pleasure to have Brian and Sir Murray at the World Environment Day Dinner and we hope in the future he will come again.
City of Greater Geelong
Bryan was more than excellent; he was absolutely brilliant. Our delegates were still talking about his performance the next day and how much they had enjoyed it.
Credit Union Services Corporation
The gift of your brilliance and wit was wonderful & your contribution was the highlight of the evening. The pace and sharpness of your wit and observations left everyone breathless from laughter and longing for more.
Cystic Fibrosis Association of Victoria
Highly professional performance, kept the audience laughing even after the performance was over.
Institute of Chartered Accountants
Bryan was fabulous, lively, topical, funny and clever. His "standard" presentation was very well received by a very diverse business audience; from small owner operated businesses to the "big end of town" institutions. He kept them all totally engaged, particularly when ripping into a couple of local issues. He was a pleasure to deal with; no unreasonable prima donna requests, just polite, flexible and very engaging.
Launceston Chamber of Commerce
Excellent preparation and presentation, with a thorough grasp of complex issues. He was much appreciated.
Law Institute of Victoria
Bryan Dawe was excellent, the crowd loved him and he had them eating from the palm of his hand.
Maroondah City Council
He was very topical and our guests enjoyed Bryan both as Sir Murray Rivers and as himself.
Mitsui & Co
A very passionate and compassionate speaker with an excellent audience rapport.
Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival
Very helpful, very amusing and very generous with his time. Sir Murray Rivers is a lot of fun and appropriate for all audiences I think. Our function was to a number of senior managers in construction companies and all have commented very favourably on our function, with special mention for Brian.
Bryan is an absolute delight to work with. His MCing of the RPCV Journalism Awards was as professional, funny and appropriate as always. We will be inviting him back to MC the 2004 Awards again - which will be his third time undertaking this task. I know Bryan enjoys it himself, as he can relate to working media, plus the rural sector.