Wildhouse Circus (formerly Madhouse Circus) formed in 2012, out of the circus show 'Alice in the Madhouse'. Eight foolhardy National Institute of Circus Arts students stepped onto stage that day and at the final bow, a company was formed.

ABOUT
Wildhouse Circus

Company Overview

Wildhouse Circus (formerly Madhouse Circus) formed in 2012 and has since performed across Australia with various contemporary circus works.


Founded

2012


Description

Wildhouse Circus (formerly Madhouse Circus) is an Australia contemporary circus company.

Currently Touring:
BOSS SQUAD
& I'll Cry If I Want To

Past Works:
Illuminate
Alice in the Madhouse


TEAM

Felicia Lannan - Company Founder

(She/Her)

 

You might have seen her on stage in BOSS SQUAD, throwing a tantrum in & I’ll Cry If I Want To, running workshops or to a meeting, writing media releases or anything else behind the scenes. Felicia is heading Wildhouse Circus through these topsy turvy times and beyond.

 

As a young girl faithfully following her mother about her day Felicia found herself in the costume room of The Flying Fruit Fly Circus… the next day she was auditioning and has never looked back! She grew up training and performing with the Flying Fruitfly Circus in Albury, NSW. While performing ‘Barnum’ In Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre she first learnt about the National Institute of Circus Arts, of which she is now a graduate.

 

During her time at NICA she, with fellow students, founded Wildhouse Circus. She is no stranger to life on the road, having toured with other companies such as Circus Trick Tease, Highwire Events and Entertainment and Solid State Circus.

 

Photo by Carissa Corlett.

Amy Stuart - Acrobat

(She/Her)

 

Amy found her love of circus when she was 14 at the Woodford Folk Festival. She then joined Flipside Youth Circus and trained her way into the performance troupe. After returning to Woodford to perform when she was 16 & 17, Amy came to the end of her schooling and decided she wanted to pursue a career in the industry. She auditioned for the Flying Fruitfly Circus School and soon began training there full time. Two years on, she graduated with skills in Solo Acrobatic Tightwire, Teeterboard, Partner Acro, Tumbling and Group Bike. during her last year at FFFC she was lucky enough to performin in the Melbourne Arts Centre, the Sydney Opera House and Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Amy has since moved back home to Brisbane, teaching at the same youth circus that began her career. Amy was approached by Wildhouse Circus and has since performed with them at various music and circus festivals. Teaching circus to all ages has become a huge part of Amy's life and she enjoys being able to pass on the knowledge she has gained over her career.

 

Photo by Rudi Deco.

Tommy's wispy side hairs take all the glory in this relaxed headshot.

Tommy Matthewman - Acrobat

(He/Him)

 

An Adelaide boy, Tommy trains and coaches at both Cirkidz and Circobats Youth Circus. He has also performed with Gravity and Other Myths as well as Vertical Insanity Circus. Tommy never skips leg day and is most proud of his thighs, which he uses to lift us for some phenomenal acrobatics.

Tommy is an acrobat in ‘& I’ll Cry If I Want To’ but has also seen and supported every performance of BOSS SQUAD. #numberonefan

Photo courtesy of Vertical Insanity Circus.

6 fierce females flex and stare down the camera

BOSS SQUAD; 

Wildhouse’s collaboration with Point & Flex Circus.

Cast: Kelsey Shepherd, Amy Stuart, Lisa Goldsworthy, Felicia Lannan, Marina Gellmann and Marcela Scheuner.

 

BEST CIRCUS weekly award winner Adelaide Fringe 2020.

 

★★★★ ½ “Female, Fierce, Fit, Fabulous. These girls shatter the ceiling of expectations” All About Entertainment 2020.

 

★★★★ “The strong, fit and daring women keep us captivated from start to end.” Adelaide Advertiser 2020.

 

★★★★ "This show is for any girl who has ever been told they shouldn't be strong. For any girl who has been told to behave 'like a girl'." Fest Mag 2019.

 

★★★★ "The show is triumphant and worthy of a standing ovation." Weekend Notes 2019.

 

Pictured above. Photo by Rudi Deco.

& I’ll Cry If I Want To

Cast: Amy Stuart, Felicia Lannan and Tommy Matthewman.

 

★★★★★ “A performance that is highly representative of Australian circus at its peak - complete with an Aussie soundtrack to back it up!” Weekend Notes 2019

 

“So inventive you hardly notice when they breezily up the ante with more challenging fare in hoops, German Wheel and acrobatics”.  Adelaide Advertiser 2019

 

It’s pure pleasure but also hugely skilled and frequently (thrillingly!) gasp-inducing. ArtsHub 2020

 

Pictured Above at the National Folk Festival 2018. Photo by Ben Appleton.

IN THE MEDIA

Have you seen us in the media?

★★★★★ “They’re a fast, fierce, and formidable female force who will entertain and empower you in ways you won’t expect.” Read more at The Serenade Files

★★★★★ “A performance that is highly representative of Australian circus at its peak - complete with an Aussie soundtrack to back it up!” Read more at Weekend Notes

★★★★1/2 “Female, Fierce, Fit, Fabulous. These girls shatter the ceiling of expectations” Read more at All About Entertainment 

★★★★ “So inventive you hardly notice when they breezily up the ante with more challenging fare in hoops, German Wheel and acrobatics”.  Read more at Adelaide Advertiser

★★★★ “The strong, fit and daring women keep us captivated from start to end.” Read more at the Adelaide Advertiser

★★★★ "This show is for any girl who has ever been told they shouldn't be strong. For any girl who has been told to behave 'like a girl'." Read more at Fest Mag

★★★★ "The show is triumphant and worthy of a standing ovation." Read more at Weekend Notes

★★★★ "The girls are all very talented and complement each other beautifully, each with their own skill set and personalities on show" Read more at Play and Go

★★★★ "They're funny, strong, talented and if you ask the eight-year-old behind me, mesmerizing." Read more at This Is Radelaide

 

Winner of BEST CIRCUS weekly award, Adelaide Fringe 2020. Read more at Adelaide Fringe

Nominated for BEST CIRCUS and BEST ENSEMBLE at Fringe at the Edge of the World 2020. Read more at Fringe at the Edge

“Being a strong, gross, funny, unashamed female is noticeably rare within the circus community. This year, there are two all-female shows smashing these stereotypes.” Read more at Fest Mag

“Think of all the things you like about female-led media (we’re talking the grittiness, silliness, and ugliness that women haven’t traditionally been allowed to have) and then add circus – you’ve got BOSS SQUAD.” Read more at This is Radelaide

“There’s a party and you’re invited to celebrate contemporary Australian circus.” Read more at Tasmanian Times

“It was awe inspiring stuff” Read more at Reviews at the Edge

“It’s pure pleasure but also hugely skilled and frequently (thrillingly!) gasp-inducing.” Read more at Arts Hub

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COMING SOON
Rudi Deco Photography captures each of the BOSS SQUAD members being unabashedly silly

The BOSS SQUAD is dedicated to helping teens, with the intention of leading them to accept and shape themselves into strong, independent, productive individuals. It is clear from the Wellbeing and Engagement Collection Study run in South Australia in 2018 that programs for teenage girls are paramount. Females aged 9 to 18 report a higher percentage of worries, sadness, low satisfaction with life and low optimism.

 

BOSS SQUAD is more than a show to us, it was built as a ‘love letter to our teenage selves’, and the teenagers of today. In this we recognise an opportunity to further our reach and create an outlet, safe space and ongoing mentorships in the arts and circus industries for emerging young people.

 

So is born the BOSS SQUAD PROJECT.

 

This project will consist of weekly workshops, facilitating discussions on female empowerment and strength, offering a safe space to ask uncomfortable questions and going into depth about self-worth. Sessions will include skill based circus classes, researching extraordinary historical women and in-theme creative performance tasks as well as workshops where students build their own circus apparatus from scratch.


A 2019 UniSA study shows that “for every dollar invested for a child in a circus training program, seven dollars are potentially saved in their future mental health costs.” “Dr McGrath says after participating in the circus program children showed significant improvements in four areas of mental wellbeing: stress relief; self-esteem; confidence; and socialisation.” It is because of this research that we believe circus is a powerful teaching aid.

 

This program will allow BOSS SQUAD to have an impact much longer lasting than our hour performance.