Hello! Thank you for visiting my lovely hand-crafted website.
I am an actor, comedian, presenter, after-dinner speaker, Burns’ enthusiast, broadcaster, voice-artist, impressionist, writer, playwright, director, producer and artist and cocktail-quaffer.
“The LIST’s Top Five Comedian”
“Scotsman’s Most Eligible Woman”
“Radio 4 Pick of The Week”
“Christmas Crackers – Best of Radio”
ROBERT BURNS – SCOTLAND’S NATIONAL POET
Currently you can hear me on my BBC Radio Scotland documentary
The Secret Tax Life of Robert Burns in which I present and explore the state of the poet’s finances from bith to death and beyond. This is the second part of a documentary series with BBC Radio Scotland exploring the secret – or not so secret – life of Robert Burns. The first installement, The Secret Sex Life of Robert Burns, was broadcast on Burns’ Day 2015 and was chosen for a Radio 4 Pick of the Week. Following the success of the radio show, The Scottish Storytelling Centre commissioned a new play inspired by the radio documentary which I wrote, directed, presented and starred in. I also produced the show through my production company, Blue Eyed Lassie, where you can find more information about the show, meet the cast and see some behind the scenes footage. The play made its debut at The Netherbow Theatre on 21st January 2016 to a sell-our crowd. This show is now in preparation for a UK-wide tour.
SKETCH SHOW AND SITCOM
My character-based sketch show, The Shark’s Mouth, enjoyed a four-week mini-series on BBC Radio Scotland in 2013 and one of the characters, Mistress MacKenzie, was commissioned for a half-hour sitcom. Mistress MacKenzie and Friends was produced by The Comedy Unit and aired on BBC Radio Scotland in October and December 2014 and was also featured on various radio Scotland programmes including Christmas Crackers, Feeling Kind of Funny and The Janice Forsyth Show. Mistress MacKenzie has also appeared LIVE at The Stand Comedy Club, The Netherbow Theatre, Lach’s Antihoot, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Glasgow Comedy Festival, The Brighton Fringe, The Leith Festival and The Tron Theatre. We are now in development for a full series for Mistress MacKenzie as well as a live theatre show. Meantime, you can meet Mistress MacKenzie on Twitter
“I love Mistress MacKenzie. She is my broadcasting hero. Absolutely fantastic!”
BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
See also Mistress MacKenzie on Facebook
“Electric Stage-presence; a genuine delight!”
“Keara is a great character actress whose comic creations go beyond the one-dimentional sketches; they live – and make you laugh and cry.
STAND UP COMEDY
I have enjoyed a long career in stand-up comedy, I have performed Stand Up in all the major comedy clubs in the UK, Ireland and Cental Europe inmcluding The Comedy Store, The Stand Comedy Clubs, The Gilded Balloon and many more including a range of theatre shows across the globe. I have appeared on Stand Up For Pudsey – Children In Need Special; Celtic Connections, The Janice Fosyth Show, Morning Call, Live at The Stand, MacAuley and Co, The Late Show (STV); BBC Choice. I also presented a quiz show, Stash The Cash, for Sky TV. I have produced ten solo shows for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Brighton Fringe, The Glasgow Comedy Festival and The Leith festival. My brand new stand-up comedy show, Keara Murphy’s Law, made it’s debut at The Leith Festival 2015 and is now in preparation for a UK-wide tour. Dates to be announced shortly
“Her motormouth delivery makes Ben Elton look like Stephen Hawking”
“She’s Eddie Izzard with less make-up and more Glasgow“
“Glam and glittery and exudes Glaswegian charm“
“A talent for impersonations which is quite outstanding“
EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
“A veritable comedic jukebox“
“Close your eyes and Lorraine Kelly is in the room.”
“Edinburgh’s Comedy Goddess”
“Murphy acts with 100mph hilarity with her electric stage-presence and her host of characters and sketches. Her show purportedly covers the history of motion pictures but somehow manages to squeeze in a Weakest Link- Style Film Noir competition, a ‘Name-That-Quote’ round, a Wizard of Oz-style sing-a-long and a celebrity puppet show. This magnificent production is a genuine delight and Murphy’s charisma so exuberant that I even found myself singing along at one point.
Go and see this show right now; you won’t regret it”
For more on my stand up comedy career see here:
Stand Up Comedy
Highlights of my acting career so far are, CBBC: Millie Inbeteween
(Sitcom); BBC1: The Best Man (Film); BBC2: Joy Division (Film); BBC2: Velvet Soup
(Sketch Show); ITV: Taggart (Drama); The Book Keeper (Film), Jason (Film), The Birthday Party (Film); Sinatra: The Final Curtain (Theatre) The Secret Sex Life of Robert Burns (Theatre); Hamlet (Theatre); Stars in the Morning Sky (Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (Theatre); Fear and Misery of the Third Reich (Theatre), The Devil’s Craft (Theatre); Peter Pan Man (Theatre), Peoplewatch (Radio Scotland).
For more on my Theatre, TV and Film acting career see here
“A strong performance by Keara Murphy as the larger than life Barbara Sinatra”
I am a professional Burns Speaker and recite a range of his poems including To A Mouse, To A Mountain Daisy, To A Louse and The Address to The Haggis. I also do my own speeches for The Response on behalf of The Lassies and The Immortal Memory
“Intelligent Burns banter”
My Brand new Burns-inspired one-woman show, Keara Murphy: Mice & Women is a modern feminist parallel of the Robert Burns poem To A Mouse. It made its debut at The Big Burns Supper in Dumfries in January 2014, toured to the Burns An’ A’ That Festival in May 2014. And will be appearing at The Alloway Burns Festival in January 2015 and then touring.
See more on on my relationship with Robert Burns here:
Burns Supper Comedian
“Keara brings a warmth and enthusiasm with her;
not to mention a deep knowledge and passion for Robert Burns”
Scottish Licence Trade Association
Corporate Events Host and Speaker
I am also booked regularly for corporate events, after-dinners, sports clubs, black tie balls and celebratory parties. Recent work has included Montrose Roselea JFC Ladies Dinner, Inverness Caledonia Thistle Annual Ball, Watson Collage Rugby Club Dinner, Scottish Licence Trade Association Ladies Luncheon.
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I am often called upon to host large outdoor family events. Recent engagements have included Over The Wall Festival for NHS Scotland, Headspace Festival of Sharing, The Race For Life, The Little Lantern Parade, The Rose Street Festival and The Santa Fun Run.
Speaking live on STV
Other large events include charity work for Help for Heroes, Twestival for St Columbus Hospice. Teenage Cancer Trust and Benevolent Foundation Scotland, for The Licence Trade Association.
For more on my charity work, see here:
Onstage at Headspace Festival
I’m also a voice-over artist, an impressionist and do a wide range of character voices…
I have written ten one-hour shows, three one-act plays, two three-act play and several mini-plays. I write stand up, sketches, short stories and a monthly blog. I also micro-blog on Facebook and Twitter
Follow me on facebook here: Keara on Facebook
You can follow me on Twitter here: Keara on Twitter
I have also published a few journalistic articles:
Keara Murphy: Flypaper For Freaks
Here is my blog with links to other published articles: