Simon Thompson

Simon is a clown, bouffon and director who trained with Jaques LeCoq and then with Phillipe Gaulier. He has over 30 years experience of performing throughout Europe, Asia and the USA. In 2007 he established Orchard Theatre Co with the ethos of providing high quality professional development training and the presentation of modern theatrical productions encompassing clown, bouffon, physical and gestural theatre. In 2014 Simon returned to the stage as a solo performer with his self penned work “Clown Noir, This is me” which successfully toured Ireland, U.K and Denmark. In 2015 he toured “Peines d’amour perdues” a clown adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labours Lost”, this year it’s “Nose Business” the final part of the Clown Noir trilogy. Simon is also a Lecturer at I.W.A University Limerick and he is researching a Phd into “A Creative approach to Play though Mask and Clown” he is also Director of Education for Clowns International.

And now part of the Limerick Fringe Team

Fiona Marie Booth

Fiona-Marie is a voice and dance artist, pianist, and arts/event manager based in Limerick. She has built her career in a variety of roles and organisations within the arts and culture sector, both as a practitioner and facilitator. She trained at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance where she achieved the BA in Voice and Dance, and continued on to complete her Masters in Festive Arts, coinciding with Limerick City of Culture 2014.
More recently, Fiona has been working as a tutor and project manager at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and Dance Limerick, as well as stage management at various festivals and events. Fiona also performs as a singer-songwriter, musician and contemporary dance artist. She is consistently engaged with producing work and collaborating with artists across disciplines, and has gained considerable professional experience both nationally and internationally, performing in London, Greece, Belgium, LA, and New York to name a few. Since moving to Limerick in 2009, Fiona has become an engaged and captivated member of the vibrant artistic and cultural community.

Shane Vaughan

Shane is a writer of poetry, prose and plays. He has appeared in many journals worldwide including Silhouette Press, Poetry NI, and The Pickled Body. In 2015 his play, Jacqueline, ran for three nights and raised 1,000 euro for the cork Simon Community.

He is a founding member of Stanzas: An Evening of Words, based in Hook & Ladder Cafe where writers come to listen and read, and also of Cannibals Not Canadians Theatre Co, which strives to create Theatre That Leaves You Thinking.

He is partial to long walks on the beach, but prefers short ones to the pub.

Rosanne Hayes

Rosanne is a freelance illustrator and designer living in Limerick. Currently working on her first children’s book, she has previously helped create branding for local companies such as Stanzas, Limerick Roller Derby and is excited to now be part of the Limerick Fringe team.

Gearoid OhAllmhurain

Gearoid OhAllmhurain (aka Rg Allen)
Technical Manager at Dance Limerick
Director of C not C Productions
Gearoid has been working in the arts, specifically theatre, street theatre, Dance and Spoken Word for more than 21 years.
Gearóid hates writing bios.

Eva Birdthistle

Eva opened her photography studio in Limerick over 4 years ago and specialises in portraits, headshots and promotional images for businesses and creatives. Prior to this she worked as a Marketing Director for a number of industries, which included Theatre, Technology & Textiles. Eva doesn’t like bio’s either and would prefer to use images rather than words to communicate.