Sophie Coote (she/her) is an emerging independent producer.
Sophie, from Dublin Ireland, works across theatre, dance and theatre for young audiences. She is currently the line producer and schools liaison for Ready Steady SHOW!, The Civic Theatre’s programme for young people. She is producing Spear by CN Smith, premiering at Dublin Fringe as part of WEFT, and WINDOW A WORLD by Choy-Ping Clarke-Ng at Dublin Theatre Festival.
Sophie was touring producer for Irish based dance company, Instant Dissidence, Perform Europe funded project SlowMo – an eco-conscious dance tour of Europe via land and sea, in Summer 2022.
She is a 2020 graduate of Drama and Theatre Studies in Trinity College Dublin.
Three old friends meet in an abandoned athletics field to drink into the early morning. Many years have passed. Between them, the diary of an old friend, now an Olympic gold medallist. Who have they become, since they last spoke? What remains of those boys? If one is world champion, what does that make the rest of them? Spear is a Dublin Fringe Festival commission. Also supported by Smock Alley Theatre and the Rachel Baptiste Programme 2021, with additional support from field:arts and South Dublin County Council.
David McGovern is an interdisciplinary artist and producer with a socially engaged practice.
He works with moving image, audio, performance and text to create space for self-enquiry, reflection and speculation. He is passionate in exploring what is common in our experiences, even if that commonality is ambiguous and niche. Themes in his work include masculinity, memory, being stuck, care, and queer identity. His background in futurism informs work that strives to reimagine what’s ahead of us.
Dialogue and provocation are central to his work. He is interested in what is hidden and why we hide it. David shows work outside of gallery spaces to nurture conversation and foster more relaxed environments. These spaces have included a former kimono shop in Japan, a cocktail bar in London, and an opticians in Dublin.
David is currently developing new work entitled ‘HARD CARE’. This participatory artwork explores unconventional experiences of care, working towards crip, queer and feminist futures for medical and self-care. In 2021, David began working on What Does He Need?, a long-term project by artist Fiona Whelan, theatre company Brokentalkers and Rialto Youth Project, exploring how men and boys are shaped by and influence the world they live in. In 2022, he received the Create Artist in the Community R&D Award to work with Shoutout. Later in 2022, David was awarded the Next Generation Artist Award by the Arts Council. He is a proud member of A4 Sounds artist studio.
CORRUPTING CARE, a live show by David McGovern programmed in Dublin Fringe Festival 2022, aims to disrupt and expand how we view both medical care and self-care. It celebrates the role of the internet in creating niche communities of care. Four performers, including Croí Glan’s Linda Fearon, will share their bold, alternative care acts through spoken word, film, dance and sound design. The stories bring speculation, imagination and dark humour to the world of care.
Informed by 60+ hours of testimony, the show stages lived experiences of the resilience and imagination of queer, disabled, sex work and many ‘othered’ voices in caring for themselves. The show will upend perceptions of care, moving away from infantilisation and towards self-determination
Allie O’Rourke is a Comedian, Writer, Actress and Creative Producer.
Allie has performed across Ireland, the UK and the USA pedaling her unique brand of Girl Dick Energy. She has graced comedy stages such as Whelans, The Comedy Crunch and Angel Comedy as well as festivals such as Electric Picnic, Knockanstockan, Love Sensation, Scene and Heard and The Dublin Fringe Festival. She is the co-founder of the Hysteria comedy club, producer and 1/3 of The Post Performance Pints Podcast and the resident MC and founder of Token Straight. Allie co-wrote Punch Line which won the Virgin Media Discovers award. Punch Line made its debut at the Dublin International Film Festival and has subsequently been screened at Cannes World Film festival, Prisma Film Festival and San Francisco Short Film Festival. Allie also portrayed the lead role of Sorcha in the short. She has previously produced Token Cis and Autistic License and is currently producing two up coming shows, Failed By Design and Platforms, for The Dublin Fringe Festival.
Failed By Design Description (Above)
Design is all around us, and it’s mostly shit. Allie and Cian have spent their lives being good little designers and doing what they’re told by their heartless corporate overlords, but now they’re rebelling. They’re gonna redesign the whole damn system, one room at a time in this interactive comedy make-and-do show. This isn’t your mom’s design lecture. This is punk. This is rave. This is design disobedience!
Dublin’s sharpest drag artists and trans comedians put the alt-right through the ringer in a biting satire of a media environment that not only enables hate speech, but cheers it on. No faux-outrage too faux, no dog-whistle too shrill, no moral panic too panicky. Conspiracy theories with better contour: fake news has never looked this fabulous and mass hysteria has never been this, well, hysterical. Any familiar (and litigious) Irish faces are entirely coincidental.
Platforms. Image by Becky Cheatle. Dublin Fringe Festival.