BBC Radio 4 ‘Pick of The Week’ 2015
BBC Radio 4 ‘pick of the Week’ 2017
The List’s ‘Top Female Comedian’
The Scotsman’s ‘Most Eligible Woman’ Extant
Christmas Crackers – ‘Best of Radio for Christmas Day’
Winner of St Andrews University ‘Park Brown’ 2015 ‘Burnsian Award’
Author and Presenter of BBC Radio ‘The Secret Life of Robert Burns’ Trilogy:
Sex, TAX and Rock ‘n’ Roll in Robert Burns’ 18th Century Scotland
Author of three plays on Robert Burns: Mice and Women,
The Secret Sex Life of Robert Burns and
The Bard and I
My brand new documentary, The Secret Rock ‘n’ Roll Life of Robert Burns is still available to listen to on the iPlayer Here:
The Secret Rock ‘n’ Roll Life of Robert Burns
by Keara Murphy
Specialist on Robert Burns’ Women
Photographer: Robert Pereira Hind
“Keara is a polished, versatile performer and a fun woman to have around – A Femme Extraordinaire! – Especially on Burns Night.”
Chris Reid, Scottish Licensed Trade Association
Book Keara NOW: 07808768916 OR Hello@KearaMurphy.com
Hello there and thanks for stopping by to visit my website. Here is a wee bit more about me and my career: I am a playwright, comedian, Burns’ speaker, freelance broadcaster and a specialist on Robert Burns’ Women. I also emcee and speak at many events throughout the year such as fundraisers, prize-givings, sports dinners and ladies’ luncheons. I am an experienced after dinner comedian and one of the most sought-after acts for the speeches The Response on Behalf of the Lasses (aka The Lasses Reply) and The Immortal Memory at Burns Suppers. I am also regularly booked to deliver The Address to the Haggis and the poem, To A Mouse – following my critically-acclaimed play, Mice and Women – which featured this poem whilst looking at it from a comical modern female perspective.
My BBC Radio Scotland documentary series charting the secret life of Robert Burns began with The Secret Sex Life of Robert Burns in 2015 and was chosen for a ‘Pick of the Week‘ by Scotland’s ‘Makar’, ie; our Poet Laureate, Jackie Kay. I later adapted this documentary for stage and it made its debut at The Scottish Storytelling Centre in January 2016 to a sold out crowd. This play is now being prepared for touring.
Two more documentaries in the ‘Secret’ series were commissioned by the BBC. The Secret Tax Life of Robert Burns which aired in January 2016. The final part of the trilogy, The Secret Rock ‘n’ Roll Life of Robert Burns, goes out in January 2017 on Burns’ Day.
Burns Suppers I have been involved in over the years include: Scottish Television LIVE; Edinburgh Corn Exchange; Edinburgh Balmoral Hotel; Edinburgh Holyrood Hotel; Glasgow City Chambers; Glasgow Thistle Hotel; St Andrew’s University; The Eden Club’s Pittormie Castle; Scottish Society of Budapest; Glasgow Oran Mor; Inverness Caledonia Thistle F.C.; Drumossie Hotel, Inverness; Watson College Rugby Club; Business for Scotland; Scottish Licenced Trade; Montrose F.C.; Glasgow Young Professionals; Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms; Trades Hall Glasgow; West FM (Broadcast on radio on Burns Day); The Lord Provost’s Burns Supper; Oran Mor – ‘Burns for Bairns’ – and many more.
“Keara brings a warmth and enthusiasm with her;
not to mention a deep knowledge and passion for Robert Burns.“
Graham Blaikie, Scottish Licensed Trade Association
Keara Murphy with Robert Burns, our National Poet, (Below) taken inside the archives of The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway.
“Intelligent Burns Banter“
My Burns-inspired one-woman play, Mice and Women, is a modern-day feminist parallel of the Robert Burns poem To A Mouse. It made its debut at The Big Burns Supper in Dumfries and went on to The Alloway Burns Festival in January 2015.
See more on on my relationship with Robert Burns here:
Burns Supper Comedian
Book Keara NOW: 07808768916 OR Hello@KearaMurphy.com
I am the voice of the colourful BBC Radio Scotland/Comedy Unit character, Mistress MacKenzie which I created and was commissioned for the BBC Radio Sitcom, Mistress MacKenzie and Friends. I played all the female parts and my special guest star, Colin McCredie (Shallow Grave, Taggart, Still Game), played all the male parts.
To find out more about Mistress MacKenzie and to meet the full cast of characters and to learn more about life in Glenclootie, please see her very own personal website here MistressMacKenzie.com
“Murphy’s amateur radio ham (Mistress MacKenzie) from a remote corner of Scotland is an oddball delight!”
BRITISH COMEDY GUIDE
“Absolutely fantastic! I love Mistress MacKenzie. She is my broadcasting hero.“
BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
“Keara is a great character actress whose comic creations go beyond the one-dimensional sketches; they live – and make you laugh and cry. I urge you to see this show.”
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 including 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 Forsyth 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”
“Electric Stage-presence; a genuine delight!”
“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:
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 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 Caledonian Thistle Annual Ball, Watson College Rugby Club Dinner, Scottish Licensed Trade Association Ladies Luncheon.
See more here:
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.
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: