'Getting to Know...' Kevin Murphy, theatre maker

Kevin's new show, Shakes, to debut at this week's Galway Theatre Festival

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being able to create with friends and pushing each other to achieve our potential.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Alexander the Great's brother. 'Kevin the..Well, Kevin is happy!'

Which living person do you most admire?

Student nurses, without a doubt.

Which is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

My deplorability.

What is your greatest extravagance?

My performance as a 60-year-old stripper who surprised a baby shower was a good tone setter for my time with NUIG Dramsoc.

What is your favourite journey?

Everyone always says 'Don't Stop Believing' but 'Any Way You Want It' is a much better song.

On what occasion do you lie?

Fifteen minutes every morning. Lots on Sunday. Whenever there's a couch nearby.

Which living person do you most despise?

I despise putting others down to make yourself look better.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My partner. I'll never understand how lucky I got to share so much with her.

When and where were you happiest?

A week where I had finished placement in my Master's (An experience I hated ) which ended with a student drama festival in Belfast.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I love art so much, yet I am a terrible drawer. Every four-year-old is better than me.

What is your current state of mind?

While the world is in an awful state of chassis, I'm extremely grateful I am getting the chance to flex my theatre muscles again.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

A Lifetime Membership to the NUIG Drama Society.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?

Maybe a radiator? That'd be pretty cozy I should think?

What is your most treasured possession?

I have a pair of red and black socks that always put me in a good mood...unless I step in a puddle of water...

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Someone ate the ice cream you've been thinking about all day.

What is your favourite occupation?

I do enjoy teaching.

What is the quality you most like in a man?


What is the quality you most like in a woman?


Who are your favourite writers?

Arthur Miller, Conor McPherson, Martin McDonagh. Those are big influences.

What is your motto?

Only you can do what you do. Don't deny the world of that.

Kevin is a Galway based theatre director, writer, and performer. He is debuting his original show, Shakes, as part of the Galway Theatre Festival on May 7 at 6pm. See www.galwaytheatrefestival.com


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