Mini Episode: Karen Egan (“Ripper Street”)Mini Episode: Karen Egan (“Ripper Street”)

Singer, actor and playwright Karen Egan about her career and writing and performing the song “Eight Little Whores” in BBC’s “Ripper Street”.

KAREN EGAN – Singer, Actor, Composer, Writer, Diva

Singer, actor, comedian and playwright Karen Egan originally qualified as a barrister (King’s Inns, Dublin) but soon changed course. Karen is an actress, writer and was part of the Irish comedy singing trio “The Nualas”, who toured Ireland, the UK, Singapore and Australia. Their sell-out shows received five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for many years and they also had their own radio series on BBC Radio Four.

Karen wrote and performed the song “Eight Little Whores” in “Ripper Street”

From 2011- 2016 Karen was invited to become artist-in-residence at Rakastajat-teatteri, Pori, one of the largest independent theatre companies in Finland. Karen’s début album, Very, Very* was released in September 2006 to critical acclaim, followed by her second album Charlatanne* in spring 2015. Her music shows are a mix of surreal storytelling and cabaret classics, including the songs of Brel, Piaf, Dietrich, Weill, Waits and Cohen, alongside her original self-penned ballads. As an actress she appeared in numerous film and TV productions, among them BBC’s “Ripper Street“*, for which she wrote and performed the song “Eight Little Whores” in series 2, episode 3 “Become Man”.




0:00 What was shooting “Ripper Street” like?

5:33 You composed the music to the song ‘Eight Little Whores’ in “Ripper Street”. What was it like to write a 19th century music hall song?

6:30 Tell us a bit about you and your career.

9:40 What musical projects are you currently working on?


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The Jack the Ripper Walk through Whitechapel’s “Ripper” streets by London beyond time and place


Philipp Röttgers is a writer, journalist and musician and in constant search for London’s spirit. This search for the city’s “spirit of place” has led him on a journey beyond time and place. Along his way he has published a book, several articles and essays, walked the city alone and as a tour guide, founded the company “London beyond time and place” and conversed with authors, musicians, tour guides, historians, curators, entertainers and time travellers who all feel a deep connection to the city and are inspired by it.

This has turned into a successful series of interviews called “Talks beyond time and place”, in which London’s spirit is looked upon from different perspectives which allow you to feel the spirit of London in all its variety. Philipp feels deeply connected to London and the power emanating from this place. Therefore, he is fascinated by meeting people to tell him their personal “London story”.

Philipp Röttgers Talks beyond time and place
Philipp Röttgers Talks beyond time and place

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