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Mark Murphy - Writer / Director
Mark Murphy is an award winning director, outdoor events specialist and published writer. As founder and director of the acclaimed VTOL, he directed between 1991 and 2001, seven major international touring shows. In the 1990's his name also became synonymous with The Northern Stage Ensemble at Newcastle Playhouse, for whom he directed the ground breaking A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and the award winning 1984, both utilising his signature mix of film and live performance. In 2002 he became associate director for outdoor specialists Walk The Plank and has since directed many of their site specific shows including their collaboration with Australian company Bambooco for the Manchester Commonwealth Games, CREEKSIDE FLY at Laban (2004 RIBA Building of the year), SAINTS AND SAILORS at the All Rivers Festival in Sunderland and the Southend On Sea, Olympic flag hand over, the highly praised firework, film and performance production S.W.A.L.K and most recently A WAVE AT PICASSO as part the Liverpool On the Waterfront Festival.
Mark closed Vtol in 2001 to move away from dance and focus fully on his writing, directing and outdoor work. He has subsequently written and directed three plays - A WING AND A PRAYER and THE NIGHT SHIFT and THE ROLE PLAY. He has also received two prestigious Peggy Ramsay Foundation awards for his writing.THE NIGHT SHIFT (published by Nick Hern Books) had its world premiere at the Traverse Theatre before a London run at BAC. During this time, Mark was also filmmaker and movement director for JULIUS CAESAR with The Royal Shakespeare Company. More recently he collaborated with Australian aerial company Legs On The Wall by writing and co-directing their show ON THE CASE' to huge audiences at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. ON THE CASE was nominated for five Helpmann Awards and went on to collect best outdoor show and best direction. He also directed Boilerhouse's one-woman show DRENCHED in Scotland and after a successful re-writing period, toured his debut play THE NIGHT SHIFT to packed houses in Singapore and across the UK.
2007 saw Murphy devise and direct THE RECOVERY POSITION for The National Theatre of Scotland and make new work for Hope St in Liverpool. The second half of the year saw him direct and devise ACCIDENTAL HEROES for the Lyric, Hammersmith main house and direct and co-write HALF LIFE - an ambitious outdoor co-production between The National Theatre of Scotland and world renowned environmental company NVA. In 2008, Mark directed the opening night ceremony for the Liverpool Capital of Culture to an estimated live audience of sixty thousand and a world wide TV audience of millions. In 2009 Mark secured a major commission to co-write and direct AISLING'S CHILDREN in the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in July 09. Along with Walk the Plank he was short listed for the Delhi Commonwealth Games Flag Handover Ceremony. He has also recently made work for East 15 Acting School and The Tate, Liverpool and as an advisor for UPSWING aerial theatre's production of FALLEN. In January 2011 Mark wrote and directed the prestigious opening event for Turku's (Finland) 2011 European Capital of Culture. Other recent work includes THE PRESTON PASSION for BBC, which he won 'Best Live Event' at the Royal Television Society Awards.
Mark is currently working on LAND OF GIANTS which he has written and directed. It will be the largest outdoor arts event ever to be staged in Northern Ireland and is part of the London 2012 Festival.
Mark Murphy - full CV (pdf)
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