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Company Profiles

Dougie Irvine

I’m Dougie and I’m the Artistic Director of Visible Fictions. I have responsibility for all the projects we do and I work with brilliantly creative folk to make them all happen – whether here in our office with my Visible Fictions’ colleagues, in the rehearsal room with actors and stage managers or in pre-production meetings with designers, writers, composers, production managers. I also work with funders, co-producers and other agencies to develop our work, the theatre sector, improve training opportunities and hopefully and ultimately make it better for the audiences who come to experience good work.

Suzie Bell

Hello, I’m Suzie and I’ll be taking on the new role of Learning and Engagement Co-ordinator! Alongside this role, I also facilitate drama and creative workshops and truly believe the arts is rooted in finding the commonalities beyond our differences. I’m super lucky that my new role will allow me to connect with the education department in various local authorities, allowing nurseries, schools and high schools to connect and engage with our performances. We know from the UN Article 31, the Convention on the Rights of the Child that “every child has the right to play and partake in recreational activities and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts” and I’m beyond excited that my role will directly reflect this. It’s my responsibility to ensure engagement with educational insinuations and the young people is positive, meaningful and accessible for all. 

Sophie Ochojna

I’m Sophie, I am the Marketing and Development Manager for Visible Fictions. No day is the same, it really depends on what we are up to.  If the company is touring then a lot of my time is spent working with the touring venues to get bums on seats, if we are developing projects then I try and find some funding to make them happen.  We are a creative bunch so there are always interesting chats going on about what we would like to do next and how to go about it.  I love that bit, working on a new idea… it can take you anywhere.

Laura Penny

My name is Laura and I am the Producer for Visible Fictions. My job is to sort out the people and the things that those people need to make someone’s artistic vision come true. So you have an idea for a play, I will draw up a budget, find out if the rights to that play are available or maybe engage a writer to write it. I will contract a creative team, designer, composer, lighting designer, production manager etc. Contract the performers. Find a venue to rehearse it. Find venues to perform it in. If those venues are overseas then make sure everyone has a visa, book their travel and accommodation, get them some transport, oh and insurance. It’s all that kind of behind the scenes stuff. Every day is different and you are always learning something new. That’s the best bit about it.

Board of Directors

Julie Austin

Frank Brown

Rachel Edwards

Martin Latham

Gwen McLeod

Darrell Williams