Ryan Murphy

Category: Artist

Artistic Director & Co-Founder ¦
Juggler, Acrobat, Clown ¦

Like many of us Ryan began life as a baby. He later grew to a child, and then improvised his way into young adulthood. A story we can all relate to.

His performance interests sprang from a childhood of mimicking silent screen clowns, particularly the much-loved works of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Laurel & Hardy.

Ryan trained in theatre and juggling at both Circomedia and the National Centre of Circus Arts. He has continued to develop his skills as a physical comedian with training from acclaimed clowns such as Jos Houben and Philippe Gaulier. Ryan has toured extensively, working both as Tit for Tat and as a solo artist, and has worked with companies such as Wet Picnic and Unstable King.

As a juggler Ryan is fascinated by the unusual dynamics of ordinary objects; believing all physical things to be vehicles of human expression and innate Play.

By exploring the connections between people, objects, and movements, Ryan hopes to create narratives that resonate with the human experience. Creating situations that begin in simplicity and spiral into chaos.

As a hearing impaired artist, Ryan is passionate about telling silent stories with no language barriers – and aims for all his work to be accessible to all audiences.

Ryan co-founded Tit for Tat in 2013 with juggling partner Louis Lamprell. After their successful tour of The Most Dangerous Cup Of Tea In The World, Ryan went on to carry out an artists international research project entitled ‘Juggling Oddjective’. This collaboration with artists from the England, Spain, France and Slovenia explored juggling as a driving force in narrative. This research has fed directly into Tit for Tat’s new show: ‘Books!’

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