21 Facts About Andrew Dallmeyer


Andrew Dallmeyer was a Scottish playwright, theatre director and actor.


Andrew Dallmeyer wrote over 75 plays, including the Opium Eater and directed more than 50 productions.


Andrew Dallmeyer's plays have won a number of awards, including a Scottish BAFTA, and they have been played on BBC Radio.


Andrew Dallmeyer was born on 10 January 1945 in St Boswells in Roxburghshire, Scotland.


Andrew Dallmeyer spent most of his childhood in Aberlady, East Lothian where he was a keen Hibernian FC supporter.


Andrew Dallmeyer learnt drama at the Webber Douglas School of Singing and Dramatic Art, London.


Andrew Dallmeyer's father served in the British Army during the Second World War and was twice awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

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Andrew Dallmeyer, described as a veteran actor and playwright, began his theatre work in the 1960s as an actor in Bristol Old Vic and Nottingham Playhouse performances.


Andrew Dallmeyer subsequently directed many productions at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, Sheffield Crucible, Dundee Rep, Leeds Playhouse and several more.


Andrew Dallmeyer was commissioned by the Baron of Prestongrange and has written a number of plays for him.


Andrew Dallmeyer won three Fringe First awards as well as a BAFTA Scotland Award for the Best Radio Play of 1985 in Scotland.


Much of Andrew Dallmeyer's work has not been published or put into print and therefore he holds the only copy of many plays.


Andrew Dallmeyer believes The Opium Eater is somewhat autobiographical in nature as it is about a writer trying to find inspiration.


The plays were written in celebration of Scottish playwrights and Andrew Dallmeyer's play was fifth in the series.


Andrew Dallmeyer's one-man show, titled Hello Dali, based on artist Salvador Dali won a Fringe First award and has previously starred Sylvester McCoy and Neil Cunningham.


In 1986, Andrew Dallmeyer wrote The Grand Edinburgh Fire Balloon as a piece of commissioned work for the Royal Lyceum Theatre.


Andrew Dallmeyer wrote and performed in his controversial 50-minute one-man play, Wanted Dead or Alive, in which Osama bin Laden is Santa Claus in a shopping mall.


Andrew Dallmeyer defended the play, stating "I am not trying to create a sensation; it is just that I feel the piece is strong".


The play featured "strongly anti-American sentiments and condemns United States foreign policy" and despite the backlash Andrew Dallmeyer has performed it over 100 times.


Andrew Dallmeyer wrote the musical Burns Supper, in collaboration with composer David Todd, inspired by the bard Robert Burns.


Andrew Dallmeyer wrote the play Thank God for John Muir based on the life of John Muir and specifically based on the period in Muir's life when an industrial accident left him blind.