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KELLY BURKE: WEB PORTFOLIO

Explore Kelly's theatre-making work,

short films, and publications below

THEATRE

NATALIE BARNEY'S LAST SALON

NATALIE BARNEY'S LAST SALON was commissioned by Shakespeare's Globe, where it was performed in 2020. The show explores the sensational life of the Parisan-American icon whose legendary literary salon gave birth to Modernism, and whose Sapphic affairs scandalised polite society.

Reading Fringe commissioned an audio drama adaptation during the pandemic. You can listen to it here.

'Part audiobook, part drama and part inspirational guide, Burke’s script is beautifully quotable and romantic. Austen-esque and heightened in delivery, this piece is a delight as a listener.'

A YOUNGER THEATRE

LOVE FOR SALE

LOVE FOR SALE is a cabaret-play which uses music from the 1930s to tell the story of down-on-her-luck singer navigating sex, poverty, and life abroad.

The show sold out Wilton's Music Hall and the Edinburgh Fringe before transferring to the Soho Theatre, Off-Broadway, where its run was extended twice. It was Critics' Pick in TimeOut NY, who included it on their list of 'Top 10 Things to Do in New York' - just after Hamilton.

 

Watch the trailer here.

'A heartfelt and stylish show which is as intelligent as it is decadent.' 

THE LIST

'Kelly Burke seems to have come to life from a Henry Miller novel and walked straight onto the set of Casablanca. In this cheap bar with a “cheap pianist” we have an intimate conversation about the human heart — and Burke’s talent is spectacular.'

FRING GURU

'Smoky, spiky and intelligently textured.'

FEST

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ZELDA

A favourite of critics and audiences alike, ZELDA is about the thwarted ambition and irrepressible creativity of painter, dancer, and writer Zelda Fitzgerald. The show has played everywhere from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the West End, earning rave reviews and an OffWestEnd Award nomination.

 

Kelly is currently developing the material as a streaming series for the Popcorn Group. 

'An outstanding piece about the agonies of art and the burdens of love.' 

WHATS ON STAGE

'Burke is a captivating presence. Her intelligent performance makes Zelda beguiling - positioned on the edge of sanity with admirable restraint. The end arrives with a painful enforcement of the costly price Zelda paid for her life with the great man Fitzgerald. This is a carefully layered piece, superbly performed, that will stay with you far longer than its hour-long duration.'

LONDON MAGAZINE

'Witty, thoughtful and full of subtle nuances, this play about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife is not to be missed. Kelly Burke’s performance as Zelda is a tour de force — enthralling. Burke effortlessly creates this attractive, intelligent heroine, making her sympathetic, enigmatic and engaging in equal measure. Brilliantly written, smoothly staged and superbly acted, Zelda is one of the best hours you will spend this festival.'

THREE WEEKS

'This is a tragic story of excess, unhappiness and wasted potential. Burke plays it with poignant charisma in a beautifully modulated production.' 

TIME OUT

'Vivid and fascinating, performed with zestful brilliance.'

THE SPECTATOR

A WHALE IS ITS OWN HOUSE

A WHALE IS ITS OWN HOUSE is a play currently in development, about queer diaspora, urban precarity, and found family.

SHORT FILMS

APOSTROPHE is a pandemic experiment in glitch feminism and text collage, a mash-up of 'The Yellow Wallpaper' and Ingeborg Bachmann's Malina. It questions who is speaking when we speak, and explores the intersection between absence, presence, and subversion.

ALL THE DEAD STARS was a writing commission from Blue Goat Theatre, made in collaboration with choreographer Aaron Samuel Davies and composer Augustin Gressier. It's about the nature of distance, love, space-time... and pigeons. 

PUBLICATIONS

・2024: 'Changing Systems through Cultural Representation' 

Feminist Theatre: Then and Now

ed. Cheryl Robson, Aurora Metro Press

・2020: 'meditation on a dropped glove' 

The Little Review (editor and contributor)

published by L'Air Arts

・2019: 'Beyond #MeToo: Navigating the Grey Area' 

Actors and Performers Yearbook 

ed. Lloyd Trott, Bloomsbury Press

・2017: 'Question Time' 

Equity Magazine

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