Laura Murphy

19 Nov 7.30pm
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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.

Lip sync, spoken text, dance and aerial rope choreography are used to set autobiographical accounts against the voices of comedians, preachers, pop vocalists and strangers on public transport.

With honesty and poignancy, Laura Murphy shares stories of bodily functions, heartbreak and family discussions of lesbian sex, unpicking the absurdity and contradictions of female identity in the present day.

Expect scenes of nudity, aerial acrobatics, and explicit references to mythical reptiles and female sexuality.

Supported by Jacksons Lane

Age guidance: 16+
Duration: 1h

"Boundary-pushing, thought-provoking work"

The Circus Diaries

Laureate 2018-19


"A blistering show... kicking against the culture of female oppression"

Fest Magazine

"Thought provoking, entertaining, progressive and unapologetic"

Audience member


Total Theatre Award for Best Circus (2019)

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