Keara Murphy: Lyre Burd

Article by Cara McGuigan | 10 Jun 2009
  • Keara Murphy

A weegie take on a Lyre bird, Keara Murphy has a real talent for creating comic characters. You can just about see the man-hating Stacy Broon's beehive and dripping fag ash, as she tells tales of de-balling men with dignity; Donatella Pringle's Liverpudlian tour rep in a God-forsaken Spanish resort is exactly what Rita might have become had she not been Educated. And her imaginary interview between Kirsty Wark and Liza Minnelli is spot on, hitting just the right balance between patronising and eye-poppingly insane.

However, for all her gallus stage presence, Murphy is missing something. The characters are great, but the content is limited. Coming back to some of the characters twice is a mistake: it might be better to work longer on one character, or introduce more contrasting characters. As Liza herself said, 'Audiences are the same all over the world, and if you entertain them, they'll respond.' and Murphy, entertaining as she is, doesn't quite get the response she's aiming for.