David William Parry is an award-winning ‘theatrical poet’, esteemed celebrant, and Central Asia enthusiast, Reverend David Parry is also an LGBTQ activist, TEDx speaker, playwright, producer, essayist, broadcaster, actor, director, founding member of Theo-Humanist Arts and a frantically busy Social Gospel pastor to South London’s disadvantaged.
Rev Parry regularly co-hosts a number of international podcasts; including THA Talks and Sunday Valentine’s Service, while somehow finding enough breath to write his doctorate. Indeed, his critically acclaimed lyrical collections, Caliban’s Redemption, and The Grammar of Witchcraft explore Shakespearean noir, whilst his staged productions, The Botanist Monsieur Jordan and The Sorcerer-Dervish Mastali Shah; Shakespeare: A Comedy in Ten Scenes, both Serious and Tragic: along with Shakespeare Tonight, actively engage with highbrow gags for global audiences. After all, he believes nothing is more serious than comedy. As a published author, poet, celebrant, dramaturge, TEDx speaker, Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, active Libertarian, member of the World Nation Writers’ Union, Honorary Doctor of Divinity – and prominent Valentinian priest, he has made personal contributions to British arts for over 30 years, while serving the general interests of our indigenous artistic community abroad.
Currently, he is Culture Officer of the Libertarian Party: a project attempting to create networks between actors, writers, dancers, singers, filmmakers, and poets from across Europe. In this wonderfully intellectual (but also great fun) interview, David and I explore a number of areas of mutual interest.