Image credit: Darko Škrobonja

Image credit: Darko Škrobonja


Laura Murphy


Physical Theatre/Circus

Drawing from circus, stand-up and live art, Contra is a solo-cabaret of contradictions. Fierce, witty and uncompromising, this highly physical show interrogates personal, social and historical occupations of the female body and explores, literally, where such bodies are positioned and how we are meant to look at them. Expect scenes of nudity, aerial acrobatics, and explicit references to mythical reptiles and female sexuality.

Laura Murphy is a genre-defying queer performance maker from Bristol who makes text-driven and dynamic physical work about things that she thinks need to be talked about. Her work is cross-disciplinary fusion of theatre, live art, aerial choreography, dance and verbal explosions, which integrates intimacy and spectacle. 

Laura is a CircusNext Laureate 2018-19 (European programme coordinated by Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe and supported by the European Union) and PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield, researching aerial work as critical performance.


Laura Murphy uses her naked body and acrobatic skills to explore the history of female oppression
in a blistering show blending standup, confessional and circus performance.

★★★★ Fest Magazine

Uncompromising full-frontal circus…Slyly funny and totally owned by performer Laura Murphy

Lyn Gardner

Directed by Ursula Martinez

Show Duration
60 mins
Audience Suitability 16+
Venue Black Box with arial rigging point >6m
Touring Party 4

Eva Nalbach


Laura Murphy: Writer and performer
Ursula Martinez: Director
Nicole A’Court-Stuart: Producer, Company SM and Sound operator
Katie Davies: Lighting Design and Operation
Terry O’Connor: Early Stage Mentoring
Madeline McGowen: Choreographic Support