BIOGRAPHY

Ashley is based in Melbourne and works throughout Australia and internationally. Please contact us for further information or booking enquiries via our contact page, email info@aerialtheatre.com.au or
call 1800 BROPHY (1800 276749)
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Ashley Brophy, High Wire Artist, Circus Performer and Entertainer

BIO Summary

Ashley Brophy comes from a multi generation show business family and has been performing as a professional circus artist since he was 9 years old. He was invited to perform in Paris at the prestigious Mondial du Cirque de Demaine where he become a prize winner and more recently he was the 2017 Gold Medal Winner in the Australian Circus Festival for his pirate highwire performance.  He has achieved several world records on the tightwire and highwire and has toured extensively overseas through Europe, UK, Asia, South Africa and in Scandinavia.  He performs skywalking, highwire, tightwire, whipcracking, lasso and rolla bolla.  In 2009 he became a finalist on Australia's Got Talent and was later featured in 2011 Australia's Got Amazing Talent..  He is passionate about creating dynamic and breathtaking acts that leave people on the edge of their seats.

 

BIO (Expanded)

Ashley is from a large show business family that dates back to the early 1900's. Ashley started performing at the age of nine with his family, parents Mick and Norma, sisters Shayne and Kym and brothers Warren and Gary (Ashley is the youngest).


He began performing his rola bola balancing act at this time later branching out into other acts such as tightwire and whips and lassos. During his youth he performed in Brophy Bros Circus at venues and shows throughout Australia. Since then, with his performance on the tightwire he has broken two world records and created a new one. At the 1st Adelaide Grand Prix in 1988 Ashley shattered the old marathon endurance record by walking on a 20m high wire 11.5 km in 3.5 hours (old record 3.5 km in 3.5 hours). Later with a skipping rope he became the first person in the world to break the 100 barrier going on to jump 393 times consecutively on the tightrope for the television show ‘Just For The Record’. At Moomba Festival in 1987 Ashley became the only person (still to date) to walk a moving tight wire set on a moving float a distance of 5 km.

From 1987 Ashley was one part of the daredevil flying angels show performing with his brother Warren on a highwire up to 30 metres in the air on a moving motorbike apparatus with two carousel horses and aerialists attached to it. Neither of the boys had safety wires attached. In 1991 Ashley was sponsored by Uncle Tobys Breakfast Cereal to compete in Paris were he became a prize-winner, at the Mondial du Cirque de Demaine with a performance including dancing and somersaulting on the tight wire. This performance earned him international recognition. For ten years after wards he went on to perform in theatres, circus, clubs and corporate venues throughout the U.K., Sweden, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa all the time constantly perfecting his performance not only on the tightwire but also with other circus apparatus.

In 2000, in the spirit of his parents who founded Brophy Bros Attractions (so named after Ashley and his brothers who were the performers) Ashley then co-founded “Brophy Productions” where he gained valuable experience with production and management. As well passing on his circus arts skills by teaching with "The Flying Fruit Fly Circus" and later "Brophy Academy of Circus Arts". He later moved on to establish Brophy Events Pty Ltd in 2010 to reflect a business that had expanded into some aspects of event production and big top tent hire in addition to the production of circus shows and acts. This company was later renamed to Brophy Aerial Circus Company Pty Ltd.

Ashley has always had a big role in rigging with circus tents, high wire and aerial acts. He attained his advanced riggers, industrial abseiling tickets and more rigging experience was gained with various rigging company's through rigging in entertainment centres, shopping centres and large concerts and festivals such as Splendorfest, Bon Jovi and the largest touring concert rig in the World "U2".

In 2009 he competed and became a finalist performing in Channel 7's 'Australia's Got Talent " and later appeared in the 2011 show ‘Australia’s Got Amazing Talent’.
In 2017 Ashley competed in the Australian Circus Festival winning the First Place Gold Medal in the Premier Show.  Ashley performs regularly for corporate events, festivals, conferences, rodeos and circus’ in Australia and overseas. He is always perfecting his performances and creating new routines including a dynamic and breathtaking pirate high wire . His tightwire acts are one of a kind in Australia.

 

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