A brief history of Dowtcha

Cliff Dolliver and Mick Lynch formed Dowtcha Puppets in 2002, as a trading name of Dolliver Design Limited. ‘More Than A Nuff’ was their first production and premiered at the Cork Midsummer Festival.

After the success of that production Dowtcha began to expand their repertoire of Puppet shows and, have been performing them nationwide ever since. To view their current shows see: http://www.dowtcha.com/puppet-shows/

In 2003 Dowtcha were commissioned to make a pageant for the Cork St Patrick’s Day Parade; They have featured in every Cork parade since then, and were commissioned to work on the Dublin parades in 2004, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Dolliver Design Limited’s commercial work and the running of Dowtcha Puppets was incorporated under the ‘Dowtcha’ banner in 2012 as ‘Dowtcha Commercial’, when the company restructured it’s board of directors to include Davy Dummigan.

‘Dowtcha Commercial provide mannequins, model making, set design, fine art services, and promotional sculpts and makes. They have produced work for: Spike Island, The Elizabeth Fort Heritage Centre, The Verve, The Coca-Cola Company, Dublin GAA, Bloom, The Crawford Gallery, The Cork Opera House, and may other clients.

From 2013-2018 Dowtcha have worked with the Cork City Council to build bonfire sculptures with local communities around the city.

2014 saw the launch of the inaugural Cork Puppetry Festival. Produced by Dowtcha the Festival has now become an established annual event, attracting international artists and delighting audiences young and old.

2016 marked the beginning of the Dowtcha Puppets Youth Ensemble, who’s production of The Underwater Shoes made its debut at The Cork Puppetry Festival 2016. Following a successful run at festival, the The Underwater Shoes was then performed at the Electric Picnic.

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