Laura Murphy

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 a cross-disciplinary fusion of theatre, live art, aerial choreography, lip syncing, dance and verbal explosions, which integrates intimacy and spectacle.

Laura’s recent show Contra, directed by Ursula Martinez, unpicks the absurdity and contradictions of female identity in the present day. Created in part as a contribution to the #metoo movement, Contra is an intervention into perceptions of gender, femininity, queerness and consent.

Laura’s Jerwood Bursary will enable her to participate in three days’ lip syncing training and mentoring with actor and artist Dickie Beau. The sessions will focus on developing her existing lip syncing practice in relation to diction, timing, and choreographic, illusory and acting devices. She will also explore methods for combining lip syncing with aerial rope and floor-based dance work.

Contra, Laura Murphy (featured). Image: Milan Syzpura