Credit, Milan Szypura

Mon 25 May


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.

Contra is written and performed by Laura Murphy and Directed by Ursula Martinez

The additional creative team is:

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

Venue: Quays Theatre

Additional information

16+ Contains nudity, strong language and frank discussions of sex and the body 

“uncompromising full-frontal circus…Slyly funny and totally owned by performer Laura Murphy”

Lyn Gardner

“…a blistering show blending standup, confessional and circus performance… kicking against the culture of female oppres-sion.”

Fest Magazine

“Contra is all the mess that is pushed down, only to spring back up, and that is precisely what makes the show so thrilling”

The List