And, if if that's not enough, I am also a drama, speech and voice coach, speech-writer and an events and training facilitator. I have taught comedy, drama and theatre to kids and adults of all ages across Scotland and Europe. We have now set up our Training events page for anyone interested in some private tuition, help with presentations, coaching for auditions or assistance in writing and delivering a personal speech for any occasion.
I have, so far, enjoyed a substantial career in theatre, comedy, radio, film and television. I also have a BA (Distinction) in Drama and Theatre Arts from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - which makes me a fully qualified Drama Queen. To find out more about my career so far please go here Profile.
I felt that it was time to gather up all my skills and place them under one umbrella company - and at the same time, bring together like-minded creative artists, theatre practitioners and producers to collaborate with me on the multifarious array of projects I am now involved in.
Above are some of the lovely Blue Eyed Laddies we have had the pleasure of working with.
Below, are some of our projects currently in production.
This bronze plaque, mounted on the east wall of the Canongate Kirk graveyard, is of Robert Burns chaste lover, Mrs Agnes McLehose - she is the woman who inspired him to write one of his best loved songs, Ae Fond Kiss. Keara Murphy will play her in The Secret Sex Life of Robert Burns at The Scottish Storytelling Centre on the 21st January 2016. Tickets here: The Secret Sex Life of Robert Burns
For more on Keara's relationship with Robert Burns, see here: Robert Burns
THE SHARK'S MOUTH - SKETCH SHOW
In December 2013 Keara's character-based sketch series, The Shark's Mouth, aired over four weeks on BBC Radio Scotland's Janice Forsyth Show and was produced by The Comedy Unit. This series featured Grainne O'Grady - an innocent Irish nurse looking for love and her overbearing Mammy who really wants her our the house; Tour Guide for "Last Chance Holidays" - the brashy Donatella Pringle and her arch-nemesis, Czechoslovakian beauty, Eva Vaskova; Katie - who is addicted to Internet Dating and getting absolutely nowhere fast; and Radio SheJay, the lovable but lonely, Mistress MacKenzie who runs a small radio station from her garden shed studio where she broadcasts home school lessons to the children of the isolated communities. She also runs a small croft and a cozy but haunted guest house, The Midgie View. More characters and sketches for The Shark's Mouth are in development and will be published shortly. Clips here: The Shark's Mouth
One of the characters from The Shark's Mouth series, Mistress MacKenzie, was picked up for a BBC Radio Scotland half-hour pilot which aired in October 2014.
Keara wrote and starred in the show - playing a multifarious array of characters while very special Blue Eyed Laddie, Colin McCredie, played all the male parts. Scotland's beloved Colin McCredie is famous for his roles in Taggart, Take The High Road, River City, Doctor Finley, Shallow Grave, Small Faces and of course, Tig's Daddy (on and off the screen) in Wooly and Tig.
Keara and Colin also recently performed a live version of this show at The Tron Theatre, Glasgow. And earier this year, she performed a live reading of this show at Leith Festival 2015 with support from Jessica Inness - fresh from Trainspotting at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - along with some very special Blue Eyed Laddies: Garry Dobson - one half of The Stand Comedy Club's long-running improv show, Free & Easy, as well as a BAFTA award-winner for the film, Crying With Laughter. And Lach - from the famous New York open-mic night, Antihoot, the founder of the Anti-Folk movement and star of his autobiographical BBC Radio 4 show, The Lach Chronicles.
Keara is now in the process of adapting Mistress MacKenzie and Friends for a full Scottish theatre tour. Alongside development for a full series. Watch this space! And, if so inclined, you can follow Mistress MacKenzie on Twitter here @MistressMacKenz
KEARA MURPHY'S LAW - STAND-UP COMEDY TOUR
Earlier this year Keara launched a brand new stand-up show, Keara Murphy's Law. ~ An Uplifting Show About Failure. Acclaimed stand up, Keara Murphy, puts a positive spin on some ancient laws which deride her namesake, and creates new ones that are less fated with certain doom. She covers diverse subjects such as the myths and the metaphors of Mary Magdaleine; the history of The Murphy Clan - and the birth of THAT law which associates their name with failure; her near-death expereince at birth; her Belfast Mother on the internet and shouting at the telly; her eccentric Glaswegian father's work-practices and elborate social life; silly slogans on tea-towels; acceptable casual violence; sexist cop shows in the 70s; the Dickensian inner-city housing estates in the 80s (where she worked as a Housing Officer); sibling rivalry (she has SEVEN siblings); animal rights and wrongs; madcap nuns; rubbish therapy; the contradictions of religions; the Ten Commandments; social media; politics; sex shops; relationships; the history of women on television; royalty; homelessness; vandalism; iconography; life as a stand-up comedian and why she still pursues it. And, in the process, Keara takes the audience on a journey of law making and breaking, and encourages the audience to come up with their own laws for top star prizes.
This show is now being prepared for a UK tour in 2016-17.