Sofia is a Tasmanian born musician and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Sofia has co-produced 6 plays at La Mama, Carlton, with Burning Deck Theatre Company.
'The humour and wit of Chapman’s writing is immediate and doesn’t stall for a single moment, aided by a strong and energetic cast whose comic timing and delivery had the audience cackling from beginning to end.' Ross Larkin, Theatre Press, of Untitled, or The Seat of Narcissa.
The script of Untitled, or The Seat of Narcissa is now available, published by Australian Plays in May 2020.
Sofia composed for The Private Part by Faezeh Alavi, screening in St Kilda Film Festival 2020 from 12- 20 June, and joined an online international panel of composers from the Dark Matter session.
After a sold out La Mama season in January 2020 The Top Secret Violin Case is now available as an audioplay, with music by Vardos.
'An extraordinary gleeful exploration of some dark political events that besieged Eastern European countries under communist regimes. This light-hearted approach does not belittle the issues but allows the audience to see how suspicion and paranoia pervaded all aspects of life in countries like Romania... a highly energetic and lively production that is full of unexpected and enchanting moments.' Patricia Di Risio, Stage Whispers.
Sofia won the 'Best Emerging Writer' Award at Melbourne Fringe 2012 for the play The Four Accordionists of the Apocalypse, directed by Jo Loth at La Mama Courthouse, with dramaturgy by Jami Bladel, Richard Bladel and May-Brit Akerholt. This award was provided by Writers Victoria and Melbourne Theatre Company.
Sofia's début short story, The Cave of Dr Cayla, written during a residency at Sainte Valière in France in 2015 was published in Gargouille Literary Journal Issue 4 in 2016. Another, An Ex in Provence appears in Howard Firkin's anthology 'One Surviving Story', In Case of Emergency Press 2020.
Sofia appeared at the Emerging Writers' Festival and the International Festival of Literature in Translation in 2012 and Poetry at Federation Square, 2013. Sofia's poem 'Villanelle: Detention Centre' appeared in Regime 02, W.A. and 'Nancy Nails, dominatrix' won Australian Poetry 'Poem of the Week' in 2013. Sofia was Café Poet at Open Studio, 204 High St Northcote for two years supported by the Australian Poetry 'Café Poet' Program. Sofia's poem, 'A Boot Left in Wellington' appears in n-SCRIBE magazine issue 11, 'Death of a Guinea Pig' in issue 13 and 'Web of Discontent' in issue 14, and 'In my Boudoir' in 'One Surviving Poem' anthology, In Case of Emergency Press 2019.
Sofia's Desperate Gallery was a finalist in the SHORT and SWEET play Festival, Seymour Centre, Sydney and Arts Centre, Melbourne. It has been performed in Canada, New Zealand, the Unites States and the UK. Desperate Gallery was published by Lazy Bee, UK, in 2012, and available at Lazy Bee Publishing.
Sofia is a professional accordionist with the band Vardos.
Why did Sofia take up the accordion? What is an accordion even? Find out more: Read Sofia's 2019 article on Melbourne Recital Centre SoundEscapes.
Sofia's radio program 'The Extreme Accordion Show' aired on 29 August 2019 as a Graveyard Shift on RRR Radio 102.7FM.
Other La Mama plays include The Anorexic Chef, 2011 and Todd in Venice, 2017. Sofia also features in La Mama's 50th anniversary book.
Contact: sofiachapman (at) hotmail.com