Wilde Applause proudly specialises in the creation and delivery of unique, interdisciplinary performing arts and entertainment to the cultural/ community, education and corporate sectors.
Established by Allie Wilde in 2008, Wilde Applause produces new works, promotes existing works, manages artists and collaborates with presenters, agents, managers, councils, festivals, production companies and event managers locally, nationally and internationally. We are deeply committed to promoting Art and Culture in society and to directly engaging with a diverse range of audiences.
In addition to promoting and presenting performance works we offer a vast range of community based projects, workshops and artist in residence programs and offer fun, highly effective corporate team development activities and performances.
Over the last ten years, our work has been enjoyed by many thousands of geographically and demographically diverse audience members. We care about integrity, honesty, attention to detail, authenticity, accessibility and quality. Our deep passion for the arts and the collaborative process means that Wilde Applause produces art and arts programs that:
- Are tailored for your particular event, school, business or venue
- Entertain and Enthuse
- Educate and Engage
- Thrill and Fulfill
Above all, Wilde Applause is committed to furthering the presence of joy, laughter, empathy, compassion, celebration of diversity and understanding in the world.
Since walking into a Rock & Roll Circus rehearsal at the Princess Theatre in 1998, Allie Wilde has worked as a performer, director, writer, creative consultant, producer, collaborator, performer manager, programmer and program coordinator, trainer and mentor for a large variety of Australian companies including, but not restricted to: Brisbane City Council, Queensland Arts Council, Queensland Urban Utilities, Jack Morton International, Uhan Shii Cultural Collaboration & Theatre Company (Taiwan), Canal City- Fukuoka (Japan), SunPAC, Strut & Fret Production House, Arts Centre Gold Coast, Artslink, Queensland Music Festival – Youth Touring Program, Homunculus Theatre, , Izit? Entertainment, Vulcana Women’s Circus, Flipside Circus, Circa, Rock ’n’ Roll Circus, Aerial Angels, La La Parlour, Gale & Vallance, Fractal Theatre Company, Quilpie Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Queensland Youth Ballet, Woodford Folk Festival, DG Theater (Netherlands), Hans De Visser (Netherlands), Surfers Paradise Festival, Surfers Paradise Alliance, Australian Circus Festival, Warrawa Arts (Taiwan), Southern Cross University, The Ekka, Slack Taxi, Hype Entertainment, Pen 2 Stage (Singapore & Brisbane), Top Chick Management, Queensland Theatre Company, Ozworks, Zest Factor, Versace (Gold Coast) and Deborah Leiser-Moore.
Allie is a recognised specialist in circus and physical theatre and interdisciplinary arts. She has trained extensively in theatre and live performance and is a highly experienced acrobat, aerialist and ‘non-arts specific spaces’ installation and roving artist. She applies a theatrical focus to all her work and enjoys collaborating with innovative, bold and edgy artists and clients. She has an extensive Australian and international performance and producing history. This experience brings a richness and depth of understanding to her work and to her relationship with the artists she engages and the clients she works with. Allie loves to collaborate and believes passionately in the value and necessity of Art to society.
Merlynn Tong is a Chinese-Singaporean Actor and Playwright who is based in Brisbane, Australia. She is also Wilde Applauses’ Executive Wizard, handling all Wizardly activities including Social Media Management, Marketing and being an unyielding assistant to Allie Wilde.
As an Actor, some of her recent performances include Ma Ma Ma Mad (2015, Brisbane Powerhouse), The Theory of Everything (2015, Brisbane Festival), The Wizards from Oz (2015, Taiwan, Wilde Applause), Hot Brown Honey (2015, Judith Wright Centre), The C Word (2014, Dir: Todd MacDonald, Metro Arts), American Music Club (2014, Brisbane Festival), The Golden Show (2012, Japan, Dairakudakan Dance Group) and hosting Out of the Box Children’s Festival (2014, QPAC).
Merlynn wrote and performed in her one-woman-show Ma Ma Ma Mad, a story based on her mother’s suicide that was published by Playlab in 2015. Her new work Blue Bones, a semi-autobiography based on her past experience with domestic violence, will be published and produced in 2016, with the support of Playlab and developmental support of Playwriting Australia (Lotus program). She is currently writing her new work Hot Wet Void with the support of the same two organisations.
Merlynn was the Training Centre Manager for Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre from 2011-2014. During her time there, she also taught workshops in the Suzuki Method of Actor Training, Butoh Dance Theatre and The Viewpoints. Merlynn used to wear sharp suits to work in Singapore as an Advertising Executive. She now calls Brisbane home.
Rhiana studied a Bachelor of Creative & Professional Writing / Film and TV at QUT, and is passionate about writing, film, comedy and music. As an over-thinker and a perfectionist, Rhiana loves the satisfaction that comes with getting a string of words just right.
Rhiana has been writing for Wilde Applause , since its inception. She assists with copywriting, scriptwriting, songwriting, editing and SEO optimising. Rhiana is also the co-editor of Ibis Zine (a free independent art magazine, which has a dedicated cult following in Brisbane) and a contributor to a prominent online film magazine.
In her spare time, Rhiana can be found drinking tea with her friends, singing and playing guitar (but only when no one’s home), hanging out with her family or watching terrible horror films.
Helen Cassidy has performed, trained, taught and directed in many performance disciplines including physical and classical theatre, Shakespeare, circus, clowning, cabaret, street theatre, film and television with companies such as the Queensland Theatre, La Boite, deBASE, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, Grin and Tonic, Strut n Fret, Bell Shakespeare, MTC and Unlimited Theatre (UK).
She is an award-winning actress with great range and true breadth of experience; from classics like The Glass Menagerie and Mrs Warren’s Profession (Queensland Theatre) to new works such as The Wishing Well (Matrix Theatre/La Boite) and the clowning comedy show The Furze Family Variety Hour (deBase Productions/ Brisbane Festival). Helen has toured her own clown show to festivals across Europe, produced an acclaimed solo comedy show Erotic Intelligence for Dummies and moonlighted on the variety circuit in London and New York. Career highlights include performing in The Glass Menagerie, Boston Marriage, The Seagull, Orphans, Man Equals Man, Long Days Journey into Night, Scapin, Mrs Warren’s Profession, A Christmas Carol and Absurd Person Singular for Queensland Theatre. Also As You Like it, The Wishing Well, The Drowning Bride, Post Office Rose for La Boite Theatre company. She also toured London and the UK with Unlimited Theatre in The Moon The Moon. In 2018 Helen spent the year working in Las Vegas as a lead creator and performer of a brand new comedy/variety show called Opium at the for Spiegelworld International. As part of the process she worked with arguably the world’s best comedy director, and one of her idols, Cal McCrystal.
Helen’s Film and Television appearances include Sisters of War, Wanted, Australia Day and Through My Eyes alongside numerous short films and TV commercials. Helen is a dynamic and compelling teacher who brings a wealth of training and global experience to her workshops. Her breadth of training and experience in acting, movement, physical theatre, voice, clown and character give her a well- balanced approach and vision. Helen has led workshops for high schools, primary schools, corporations, industry peers and at festivals; and can easily tailor workshops to meet her clients/students needs. Her directing experience means she can also facilitate the creation of new work.
Georgia-Elizabeth first crossed paths with Wilde Applause when she assisted backstage during their 2013 production of ‘Forbidden Delights’ at the Arts Centre Gold Coast. Since then, she has had a variety of involvements with the company, including : ASM at SunPAC Opening (2017) , ‘Karnak Playhouse’ – Stage Renovation Phase 1 (2016) and Community Open Day Crew and Workshop Facilitation(2017). Having completed an internship with the company in early 2018, Georgia now works with Wilde Applause on an ongoing basis – looking after the website and social media platforms and assisting with administration and events when required.
As well as her Wilde Applause roles, Georgia-Elizabeth also enjoys taking on various backstage and stage management work and developing her circus skills at Vulcana ( Vulcana is very dear to Wilde Applause’s heart – please head here to learn more about the work of this amazing company).