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Short Synopsis:
Across one long night, in the shadows of an imagined city, five complex stories of five extraordinary women dramatically intertwine through a series of exhilarating interactions that will ultimately leave only two women standing…

An Outsider seeks redemption, a Vigilante roams the streets, a Sociopath collects morbid snapshots, an Innocent drifts aimlessly and a Seductress expertly extracts diverse emotions from her prey…

Like a Thief in the Night weaves five edgy female contemporary circus and theatre performers into a unique projected landscape with an original soundscape, and promises to be a dynamic, dark, atmospheric and visually impactful work.

This production will combine elements of world-class contemporary circus with physical theatre, black humour, clown, classic tease, martial arts and intense theatricality. Without a single word spoken, Damage communicates through the universal language of the body, exploring universal themes of life, love, ethics and what it means to be human.


Wilde Applause is currently seeking investors and additional funding to bring this highly charged, Neo-Noir inspired Narrative Circus work to life.


More information:
In order to complete this stunning and innovative Australian work, Wilde Applause needs additional funding.

To date, Like a Thief in the Night has completed two creative development phases. We are seeking additional funding and investors for phases 3, 4 & 5 of its development.

Phase 1
Funded by Wilde Applause, this phase saw the development of the conceptual framework and the creation of the first draft of the script.

Phase 2
Funded by a Freshground residency at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts this phase saw the finalisation of the second draft of the script and commencement of the creative development of the work’s unique soundscape, landscape, preliminary LX design and marketing/ pitch collateral

Phase 3
Phase 3 will see the creation of the unique soundscape and projected urban landscape that the world of Damage will be set within.

Phase 4
Phase 4 will see the creative team test Damage on the floor with performers.

Phase 5
Phase 5 will see us complete rehearsals in order to tour Damage to theatres and venues nationally and internationally.

If you are interested in helping us bring this exciting and edgy work to fruition please let us know – we would love to hear from you. 


Like a Thief in the Night – Creative Team –  Short Bios


ALLIE WILDE – Producer/Co-Director/ Co-Writer/ Performer

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A specialist in circus and physical theatre since 1998, Allie is theatre trained and is an experienced producer, circus choreographer, acrobat, physical theatre performer and actor. She has a theatrical focus in all her work and enjoys working with innovative, edgy artists and clients. Allie has an extensive Australian and international performance and production history.

Since walking into a Rock & Roll Circus rehearsal at the Princess Theatre in 1998, Allie Wilde has worked as a performer, director , creative consultant, producer, performer manager, programmer and program coordinator, trainer and mentor for a large variety of Australian companies including: Brisbane City Council, Queensland Arts Council, Strut & Fret Production House, Juggernaut, Arts Centre Gold Coast, Artslink, Vulcana Women’s Circus, Flipside Circus, , Circa, Rock ’n’ Roll Circus, Aerial Angels, La La Parlour, Gale & Vallance, Fractal Theatre Company, 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), Homunculus, Southern Cross University The Ekka, Top Chick Management, Queensland Theatre Company, Ozworks, Izit? Entertainment, Zest Factor, Versace (Gold Coast) and Uhan Shii Theatre Company (Taiwan). Read more


IAN LAWSON – Co-Director/Co-Writer

HeadshotIan is a Queensland based Director and Dramaturg with a focus on new work. He is currently the Artistic Director/CEO of Playlab, an organisation dedicated to the development and promotion of new Australian playwriting. Ian was the Associate Director at La Boite Theatre Company (2002- 2008), where he managed the Creative and Professional Development programs and directed numerous productions including My Love Had a Black Speed Stripe, Urban Dingoes, Last Drinks, The Narcissist, The Danger Age and the return season of The Narcissist for the Sydney Theatre Company. Ian also directed the critically acclaimed gothic contemporary performance piece The Pineapple Queen. Most recently Ian directed the sell out seasons of Bastard Territoryfor Brown’s Mart in Darwin and JUTE in Cairns, Hotel Beche de Mer for the Arts Centre Gold Coast and Hopelessly Devoted for Glen Street in Sydney. Also for JUTE, Ian directed What are the odds? For the Queensland Music Festival Ian was the Associate Director and Designer on Bobcat Dancing and Bobcat Magic, and directed Radio Plays. Ian has also worked for Playwriting Australia, Brisbane Festival, Queensland Theatre Company, UQ, Griffith University, Zen Zen Zo and Screen Queensland (where worked for Screen Queensland on every Writer’s Room as a director and script consultant, and on the Low Budget Feature Initiative as a mentor).



GUY WEBSTER – Composer/Sound artist

Performer, composer, musician, sound designer, installation artist and teacher, Guy’s work in theatrical music and sound design and interactive composition has featured in festivals, galleries, conferences and theatres in Australia, Japan, UK, Europe, USA and China. Guy’s work utilises the acoustic environment as a means for exploring and inspiring motion in space.  Recent works include VENUS IN FUR, KELLY, ORPHANS (Qld Theatre Company), THE WHITE EARTH, THE NARCISSIST, LAST DRINKS, URBAN DINGOES, (La Boite), THE PIPE MANAGER, THE PINEAPPLE QUEEN (Lisa O’Neill), ALICE 21 (Brisbane Festival), SALOME (Frank Theatre), INTIMATE TRANSACTIONS (Transmute Collective), SHIFTING INTIMACIES (ICA, London), CHERISH EXHIBITION (QPAC’s).

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