MakeyUppers are two professional actors from Derry, Northern Ireland. Sorcha Shanahan and Gemma Walker-Farren began working together in 2014, and made up the MakeyUppers by playing about with what they loved – making comedy and theatre, with a bite!
Their style of comedy has been described as ‘Excellently written, insightful and thought provoking comedy delivered to perfection with silliness and confidence.’ They tackle a range of serious topics, from the patriarchy and domestic abuse, to rape culture and gender stereotyping, in a ‘whimsical’ and ‘empowering' way.
They performed some of their sketches last year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and have since embarked on a whirlwind of performances across Ireland, London and at the Leicester Comedy Festival. This year they are back with a full length show called 'Alternative Bedtime Stories', a subversive look at fairytales.
Sorcha also co-produced and stage managed the award-winning 'Iraq Out & Loud', a continuous reading of the Chilcott Report into the Iraq war, which won the Panel Prize at the 2017 Comedy Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe, and for which she was nominated for a Barry Award for ‘Best Person At The Fringe’.