He composes highly original music. He pens funny lyrics and stand-up patter. At University he was a leading member of the Cambridge Footlights cabaret team. In other words there are already plenty of theatrical parallels between ARCHIE HENDERSON and his late great uncle JULIAN SLADE. The only big difference between them is that Julian, who died in 2006, was never a great dancer or body contortionist. Archie by contrast is both and the combination of all his talents has already helped him to win two comedy awards. In 2017, following stints at the Edinburgh Festival and various other venues in a group calling themselves Two Plus One, Archie and two other Footlights partners, Luke Summer and Joshan Chana, won the ‘Best Newcomer’ award in the final of the WEGOTTICKETS Musical Comedy Awards at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.
More recently, on April 7 2018, competing in the Musical Comedy Awards at the Underbelly on Southwark, Archie has done it again, This time appearing on his own as ARCHIE HENDERSON. he gained the second place award having won over the judges and the audience with what he himself describes as a mix of’ a song from the perspective of Severus Snape (from Harry Potter) , thoughts about music as a comic device and the humorous impact it can have on words’ ‘Sounds boring to describe’ he adds ‘but the jokes are alright ‘- and, in every respect, concluded his act on a high note with an impression of the fast warbling singers in old Disney films!
Much of his theatrical time is currently filled with trying out new material in Cambridge and London pubs in preparation for three free shows at the Brighton Fringe at the end of May. He will also be back again at the Edinburgh Festival in August. In addition Archie,,in partnership with friends in LunaFruit has just released the first musical single in what , by August, will be a completely new set of original songs and music.