Using a rope and a roll of cling film, Laura Murphy sets her experiences of her own body amidst an anecdotal tapestry of body hair observations on public transport and dinner table discussions about lesbian sex. Dark, witty and uncompromising, Contra interrogates personal, social and historical occupations of the female body, and explores where such bodies are positioned and how we’re meant to look at them. Directed by award-winning experimental theatre-maker Ursula Martinez, Contra contains nudity and explicit references to female sexuality and mythical reptiles.

Audience Member, Jackson's Lane

Fierce, courageous and unapologetic

Genius, ground breaking (...) Recommend seeing with an open mind

Contra offers a really accessible way of talking about important issues that are often affronting or challenging (speaking as a white cis man)

Audience Member, Circomedia

Photos: Franic Rodor


7th-8th March 2019: Cirko (Helsinki, Finland)

15th-16th March 2019: CircusNext @ Maison Internationale La Coupole (Paris, France)

23rd March 2019: Jacksons Lane (London, U.K.)

28th March 2019: C!CAF (Copenhagen, Denmark)

12th April 2019: La Grainerie (Toulouse, France)

More 2019 dates to be announced soon...

Creative Team


Directed by Ursula Martinez

(A Family Outing, Wild Bore, La Soirée)

Production - Nicole A’Court Stuart
Lighting design - Katie Davies
Early Stage mentoring - Terry O’Connor
Choreographic support - Madeleine McGowan

Age rating: 16+ (nudity, references to sex)

Supported by: CircusNext (Laureate 2018-2019. CircusNext is a European Programme coordinated by Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe and supported by the European Union), Arts Council England, Jacksons Lane, Hangar Arts Trust and Invisible Circus, Room 100, Cirkorama, Cirko, Espace Catastrophe and La Grainerie.

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