Luke Murphy: His ability to be a quietly spoken storyteller coupled with his extraordinary skills in movement make for an engrossing hour of unusual but highly rewarding theatre.–Frank L, nomoreworkhorse.ie
Award-winning choreographer Luke Murphy brings his stunning solo The Milkyboy Kid to Limerick
Following his wildly successful show Villians at this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival, Luke Murphy returns to Limerick with The Milkyboy Kid, a solo looking at the chameleon-like nature of performers and performance and his own blurred lines of fiction and reality. The Milkyboy Kid is a stripped-down exploration of character, archetype, expectation and fantasy and the portrayal or pursuit of one’s own identity both on and off stage.
Inspired by the notion of the one-man band performance, Luke pairs back to bring the audience into the melancholy world of a lone performer, robbed of his company, his finances, his tricks and his tactics, giving it all he’s got in an evening of figuring out what has got to give.
Through a mixture of storytelling, film and his own virtuosic physicality, Luke examines relationships between who you are, who you want to be and who you pretend to be and how nourishing one can obscure the other. Sometimes personal, sometimes profane Murphy uses his own questions, experiences and battles to explore the search for the truth amidst life in fiction.
Embracing the notion of transformation Luke puts himself in a constant state of change throughout the work; the hero, the villain, the coward, the showman, the leader, the child- each character emerges and dissipates through an ongoing search for the right uniform or the right skin.
Quiet conversations quickly give way to explosive bursts of choreography, the violence and the vulnerability crashing like waves on rocks. Maybe ‘The Body Never Lies'(Martha Graham) but then again ‘If You Can Fake Sincerity You’ve Got it Made’ (Grouchi Marx)… as the work continues a convoluted web of artist myths and audience expectations emerge. Maybe the fiction is all there is.
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‘Murphy’s svelte & humble demeanour can instantly give way to warrior-like choreography…his self-examinations are best present in his explosive body’ – https://t.co/U7BvAYbqno
— Dance Limerick (@DanceLimerick) November 13, 2019