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Neisha Murphy

MERRIGONGX Artist Profile


Neisha Murphy is a circus artist, variety entertainer, director, vagabond and video producer amongst many other roles. Affectionately known as ‘The Loveable Larrikin’ because of her ability to consistently push her creativity forward and perform unique feats with her trademark style, she was an Australian karate champion and Sportsperson of the Year at age 11, and obtained her black belt at 12 years old. She then discovered her love of theatre and circus and 20 years later, the rest is herstory.

Her performance style blends a mix of physical skill and characterisation and her skills include clowning, comedy, juggling, slack rope. She is also known for performing a range of unique dare devil stunts. Neisha was recently the recipient of The International Women’s Day Committee Award for Creativity.

“The inspiration initially for ChaChi and The Sea of Tears came out of my battle with grief after losing my mother to illness in 2014, combined with losing my creative identity and struggling through the early stages of the pandemic, which took me on a journey of growth and self-reflection. This work was born out of heartache and despair, but has now evolved into a beautiful landscape of rich physical expression and portrays the shared human experience of connection and maintaining hope, even in the darkest days.“

– Neisha Murphy

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