Who’s Steering this Ship…?!

About Tit for Tat

Tit for Tat is an unusual juggling company that believes in celebrating the ordinary. We take ordinary objects, objectives and scenes, and we explore every nook and cranny until we make them extra-ordinary. We believe in finding the most exciting and, more often than not, the most difficult way of getting from A to B. Even when undertaking simple tasks such as making a cup of tea, painting a wall, or changing a lightbulb.

Tit for Tat has performed pieces both small and large all across the UK. Whether its making chips for the public in a blur of ketchup and salt, launching furniture halfway across the stage, or becoming chaotically tangled within our own braces – Tit for Tat brings a special element of heartfelt complicity and comedic near-calamity to all of their performances.

Ryan Murphy Books! Show
Ryman and Lou

Company History

Laughing maniacally in the pilots’ seats are Louis Lamprell and Ryan Murphy, who met in 2010 at Circomedia (the UK’s centre for Contemporary Circus and Physical Performance). Whilst there, they both discovered a passion for the eccentric and the absurd; applying juggling theory to dustbin lids, clothes racks, and shopping trolleys to create surreal theatre and unconventional spectacle.

After working internationally as jugglers, entertainers and devisors, Ryan and Louis re-met and began working together in 2012 as their cabaret double act “Ryman & Lou”. They relished in bringing their work to all manner of spaces, incorporating the joy of low ceilings, narrow corridors, or unstable flooring into all of their comedy and audience interaction.

In 2013 they co-founded Tit for Tat and went on to create their first full-scale show; “The Most Dangerous Cup Of Tea In The World”. Ryan and Louis owe their UK-Wide celebration of absurdity to the support of many, with a special thanks to Kate Hazel (Winchester Hat Fair), Matthew Feerick (Wet Picnic), and Matt Pang (Pangottic) for their sage insights, wild enthusiasm and bemused patience.

People First

We provide an all inclusive raucous sense of community fun; bringing people together in local streets through a shared love for the absurd.

Quality of Work

We take our silliness very seriously – delivering professional high-octane entertainment to transform public spaces.


We are proud of what we do, and feel a part of the wider artistic sector; with a desire to provide high quality arts for all.


We have toured far and wide with shows big and small. We adapt what we can to specific sites and specific needs, believing each location provides a unique experience.