Contra by Laura Murphy

Event dates: October 18, 2019 October 19, 2019

Event times: 20:30

Duration: 60 mins

Price: £12/ £10

Contra by Laura Murphy

Drawing from circus, stand-up comedy and live art, Contra is a solo-cabaret of contradictions. Fierce, witty and uncompromising, it’s a highly physical show that interrogates personal, social and historical occupations of the female body. It explores, quite literally, where such bodies are positioned and how we are meant to look at them. Laura Murphy is a genre-defying queer performance maker from Bristol. She makes text-driven and dynamic physical work about things she thinks need to be talked. Expect scenes of nudity, aerial acrobatics, verbal explosions and explicit references to mythical reptiles.

Contra ‘straddles live art and circus, staring down often uncomfortable narratives with a bit of critical theory thrown in for good measure.’ (Francesa Peschier, Exeunt Magazine)

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

There will an aftershow Q&A with Laura hosted by Kieran Swann from Arnolfini on Friday 18th


Laura Murphy has been selected and supported by circusnext European Circus Label.
circusnext European Platform is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Circus Futures is the UK & ROI circusnext Platform Partner.

Made with support from Arts Council England, Jacksons Lane, Carre Magique, Invisible Circus and Aurora Nova

Image courtesy Milan Szypura.

Performed by: Laura Murphy