Saturday 9 March, 4.30pm – 5.30pm

£12/£10 or can be bought as part of the Saturday Show Pass

King of Lies – Clare Muireann Murphy

A beautiful country is at the mercy of a lie-obsessed king as he pits his wits against a fool in a self-made lying competition. Sound familiar?

Blending reportage and folklore to tell a story that underlines the power of fakery, this performance is a dynamic adaptation of Damascus Nights, by exiled Syrian writer Rafik Schami.

The King of Lies is created and performed by internationally acclaimed storyteller, Clare Muireann Murphy who returns to the Carriageworks following her recent performance with Daniel Morden, The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos. Experience a powerful performance with a sting in its tail!



More about Clare Muireann Murphy

Clare Muireann Murphy is a storyteller. She travels the world and tells stories. From main stages of theatres to medieval roundtowers Clare has told tales for all ages in more than 20 countries. Her work includes the political folkloric work such as her Syrian piece ‘The King of Lies’ to playful pieces like ‘UniVerse’ which explores where quantum physics, philosophy and mythology meet. She performs in English. She occasionally performs in Spanish when asked. Clare’s wide repertoire of stories includes traditional folklore to ancient mythology, to reportage to historical tales. She tells the story that is called for in each situation; from telling to the President of Ireland to performing at the Writers room of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Clare also performs at festivals, art centres, universities, public and private events, conferences and schools. She teaches storytelling and trains people in communication skills via The National Theatre’s TheatreWorks programme. She is a storyteller, performer, writer, dramaturg, curiosist, teacher, consultant, wanderer, wonderer and maker.

masterly storytelling – all delivered at a pace which meant there was never a dull moment.” Culture Whisper

“From the moment Claire Muirreann Murphy takes the stage, you know this is something special… she oozes charm from the off…” LeftLion Magazine

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

 “Leading us through stories within stories within stories, Murphy’s comfortable charm and wit sparkled around the room, illuminating the darkest corners of her tales.“ Oxford Literary Review

“A sheer delight! For those thirsting for a different type of show, then Clare Murphy’s Inisfail is a must see!” Everything Theatre