Website: http://www.claremurphy.org (opens in new tab)
Based in Bristol, originally from Dublin.
I perform around the world.
I also teach and consult on storytelling for arts organisations, companies, charities, individuals and creatives.
Clare Muireann Murphy; contemporary storyteller and writer. Born in Dublin but now based in Bristol Clare performs around Ireland, England, Europe and the Americas.
Her stages include the Globe Theatre, The National Theatre, The Barbican theatre and the Soho Theatre London. She has also worked as a consultant with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Tricycle theatre and other theatres and companies around London.
Clare has a lively physical style and playful wit that endows the traditional tales with a sense of modern day relevance. Compared to raconteurs and stand up comedians, Clare uses the platform of story to create shows that are full of observational humour, social commentary and epic journeys. Her shows range from Syrian folktales to quantum physics as well as her beloved Irish mythology and folklore. Her repertoire of tales extends from myth to folklore, from fable to original tales.
Clare has performed in more than 20 countries. International festivals include Fabula Festival Stockholm, Out of the Box Puppetry Festival Singapore, 10 Days in Dublin, Times Cheltenham Literature Festival UK, National Storytelling Festival Jonesborough Tennessee, Ondas de Contas Lisbon and International Storytelling Festival Toronto.
Her residencies include: Storyteller in Residence Jan – Apr 2013 University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture. The Ark Cultural Centre for Children, Dublin, Dec 2010.
International University work includes: National University of Ireland at Galway, Vanderbilt University USA, East Tennessee State University, Penn State University.
She teaches storytelling for the MA in Character Animation at Central Saint Martins. She is also a trainer with National Theatre’s TheatreWorks.
Clare founded a community storytelling night in Galway called Story Night that ran for 5 years. Clare is a dedicated to curiosity, and is a lover of the word; spoken or written.
“masterly storytelling – all delivered at a pace which meant there was never a dull moment”.
“Clare Muireann Murphy’s beautiful lilting Irish voice was in stark contrast to the darkly humorous stories she told us, and she her first-rate comic physicality only served to enhance her storytelling.” Everything Theatre