Mark is an award-winning and hugely experienced creator of world class theatre, outdoor spectacle, major civic celebrations and international ceremonies.
As director, writer, film-maker and production designer; his leadership and vision are responsible for generating some of the most striking and memorable events of the last two decades.
By revealing intimacy in the epic, uncovering depth in the spectacular and by celebrating the extraordinary in the everyday, Mark demonstrates a rare gift for making work that is simultaneously compelling, accessible and provocative.
As well as being immensely proud to call himself an artist, Mark is fundamentally and unashamedly in the business of entertainment.
In addition to working independently, Mark has collaborated with a range of companies including Cuerda Producciones, Walk The Plank, Fuel, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Out Of Joint, Legs On The Wall, Northern Stage, NVA, The National Theatre Of Scotland and the BBC.
Commercial companies & agencies include Donaldson Creative, Jack Morton Worldwide, WRG, Innovision, Sledge, Imagination, CTN, Ear To The Ground and Ground Control.
“A mesmerizing and emotional journey created through an impressive combination of acting, aerials, and projections"
The Wee Review
"Out of this World strives for something much deeper than spectacle - it makes a play for our hearts, and wins"
"Lavish, spectacular and startling"
"A beautiful, sometimes harrowing, sometimes touching, sometimes funny, sometimes absurd, love story. A tale of loss and grief – and survival"
Bum on a Seat
"A wonderful example of how contemporary theatre can engage with a mass audience"
“Duplicitous, perverse, wilful and desperate. A vastly ambitious piece that delivers on every level. Breathtaking”
“It’s work that belongs as much in the movie house as it does in the theatre. It is constantly pushing, challenging and provoking – daring you to feel something”
“Murphy’s greatest gift is his ability to fuse live physicality with unpredictable rushes of filmed motion. This is work not afraid to stretch the imagination but also clearly not out to bewilder”
“It’s amazing, astonishing, that someone is able to create this. If the year continues in this vain, what else shall we see!”
“If theatre dealing with emotion and sensation is your thing, you’ll find yourself well served”
“A haunting and beautiful performance”
“Those who looked skyward and found themselves thrust into a thrilling fantasy, a virtual world of pure theatre”
The Irish Times
“Murphy’s script is enthralling. The magic of the piece most definitely lies in his articulate and wounding observations on the nature of love, as well as his skill in directing"
British Theatre Guide
“Brilliantly devised. It is a show perfectly pitched for the festival crowd… a show with a heart and a feel-good ending...provokes our sense of wonderment”
The Age, Melbourne
“Inventive and impressive...physical theatre of the highest calibre”
A daringly staged work of theatre with remarkable stunt work. Fearsome and capably realised"
The Financial Times
"One big house party that will be shouted about for years to come... and brought to a wonderful close by a raucous celebration"
The Glasgow Herald
Winner – Eventia Awards 2014
GCSF Opening Ceremony Gold Award Winner
Winner – Royal Television Society Awards
Best Live Event for The Preston Passion
Winner – Helpmann Award for Legs On The Wall
Best Production & Best Choreography in a Live Event
Winner – Manchester Evening News Theatre Award
Best Visiting Production for ‘1984’