Company Bio


Circus Trick Tease debuted in 2008 at the Melbourne Fringe, winning the ACAPTA and the Peoples Choice Awards. Growing from strength to strength they sold out their 2009 and 2010 Adelaide Fringe seasons, before wowing audiences at the 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


The self produced company toured the U.K in 2011 , including performances at the London National Theatre, a smash of cabarets attended by Mick Jagger, before dazzling the Scots at the Edinburgh Festival with rave reviews.  The next two years they packed in a return UK tour, a six week Regional Arts Victoria tour, a NZ season, a spot in the renowned Adelaide Cabaret Festival and the grand opening of the Hamer Hall. Other highlights include performances at the Famous Spiegel Tent, Grand Hyatt Adl, ACMI, Fun 4 Kids Festival, Enmore Theatre and the Forum Theatre.

Their new show ‘Straya , with support from RAV and Arts Vic to focus on regional touring, debuted in 2015 and toured nationally before the company turned their focus to Children's Theatre and made the smash hit Children Are Stinky. After selling out their first 3 seasons in Melbourne, Adelaide and Edinburgh,  and also picking up Edfringe “Children's Choice Award” the troupe is ready for their next exciting rollercoaster.

Spinning onto the stage since childhood, Malia has trained in circus and physical theatre under Clare Bartholomew, Dr Brown, Roman Paska and Puda Paiva. After years of performing around Australia, Malia formed a duo act with Pyroptix and toured Asia (2005-2007). She then co-founded the award winning Circus Trick Tease in 2008 and has created many shows including Children are Stinky, 'Straya and Can't Face. 

Malia has also collaborated with a range of companies including Über Lingua for the opening of the Sydney and Darwin International Festivals, Men of Steel for RAV, Korea and Malthouse seasons. Most recently she directed the award winning NEON for Circus Oz. 

Malia Walsh 


Growing up in Busselton, Western Australia, April started dancing and gymnastics from an early age. She was spotted performing contortion on the street at a local festival and two weeks later joined Lunar Circus, touring WA, NT and South-East Asia. Highly-skilled in theatrical dance and acrobatics April soon added juggling, clown, hula hoop, flying trapeze and aerial hoop to her bag of tricks.


April’s credits include P&O Cruises, Sydney International Motor Show, Village Roadshow, Red Earth Arts Festival and The West Australian Circus Festival. She has spent the last three years working full time for Circus Oz, performing all over Australia and internationally. April is also one half of Two Up Circus, plays the role of ‘Kylie’ in the hit children show ‘Children Are Stinky’ and is highly regarded as a costume designer/maker under her own business ‘GlitterFart Productions’.

April Dawson

Stinky Performer

Kyle trained at the National Institute of Circus Arts, graduating in 2005 with a full final-year scholarship. He has established his own successful freelance business as a circus artist. He is one half of performing duo Two Up Circus, founded the Little Red Trapeze Company, plays Jason in the multi-award winning children’s show ‘Children are Stinky’ and has worked for Circus Oz in ‘But wait, there’s more’, ‘Twenty-Sixteen’ and ‘Rock Bang’.


Credits include: Underbelly Festival (UK), Hoopla Festival (Darling Harbour), P&O Cruises, Ben 10 Live Stage Show (Malaysia), ACT 3 International (Singapore), Lunar Circus (WA), Melbourne Circus Festival, Western Australian Circus Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, International Circus Festival of Cambodia, La Mama for Kids, Fun4Kids Festival, Roola Boola Festival, Cirque du Monde (Singapore), and ThisSideUp acrobatics. 


Kyle also has worked as a teacher and/or rigger at Circus Oz, NICA, The Circus Spot, Hip Cat Circus, CircArts Geelong and The Fly Factory. Kyle also loves making coffee, scuba diving and playing golf. 

Kyle Raftery 

Stinky Performer

Transferring his exceptional skills as an elite gymnast to the world of circus, Farhad spent several years touring Iran before he and his partner were head hunted by Leo Foo Village, a renowned Taiwanese theme park. Their incredible sword balancing act saw them tour for 2 years before being offered a contract with Australia’s famous Silvers Grand Magic Circus.


Based in Melbourne from 2008, Farhad co-founded Circus Trick Tease, touring and hand balancing with them worldwide. He can also be found performing at high-end corporate events with his signature 5-meter handstand act.

Farhad Ahadi

Upside down Performer

Shannon has trained in a huge range of circus skills during his 20 years as a performer. These include double and solo trapeze, hand to hand acrobatics, solo and double straps, fire manipulation, Chinese poles, hula-hoops, juggling and clowning.


 Selected as one of the first alumni to trial NICA’s circus course, Shannon went on to tour Australia with The Robinson’s Family Circus and Circus Royale in 2006. International tours include the USA, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey and China. After years in the traditional circus, Shannon co-founded Circus Trick Tease in 2008.


 The creator of  “Mr Shaggles Circus World,” a high energy solo show, Shannon has delighted young audiences in both Australia and New Zealand and will soon be the only known touring bicycle circus in the world!

Shannon McGurgan

Professional Strongman

Chris is a founding member of Three High Acrobatics, Spin Circus Festival, Spin short course academy and most recently the Australian Partner Acrobatic Convention (APAC).


A prolific creator and performer, Chris’ work includes "Knock off" "Cirque Du Bloke" "Rue" and most recently, "Children are Stinky", the 5 star smash hit of both the Melbourne and Edinburgh Fringe.


Specialising in hand to hand and comedy acrobatics, as well as fire spinning, Teeterboard, Russian Barre and juggling, performance highlights include the Melbourne and Delhi Commonwealth Games, Pink’s Australian tour after party and a residency in the Melbourne production of “Love Never Dies.”


Honing his skills with Flying Trapeze Australia and NICA, Chris also has a Diploma of Theatre Arts from Victoria University.

Chris Carlos  

Stinky Performer

Tricky Facts


FUN facts about the tricksters.


When performing in a circus tent, the balances are so high Malia’s head sometimes pokes out of the top.


Multicultiral Arts Vic gave the company their first gig and the night market in 2008... we love you MAV!


Shannon and Malia once spent 10hrs in Tokyo for a show.

Malia has caught a helicopter, sea plane and golf cart to performances.


Malia's  Grandfather was a clown called Curlie.


Our performance at Whitenight had to be stopped for safety concerns over the massive crowd.


Farhad can speak 4 languages.


Farhad is famous world wide for is incredible mouth to mouth sword balance.... crazy stuff.


Shannon is very first alumni for the National Institute of Circus Arts.


Shannon used to be a nurse.


Shannon loves a push bike. He has peddled from London to Edinburgh and all over New Zealand, Tassy and Malaysia.


Chris spends most of his time eating fire.


Chris once won an all expenses trip to Los Vegas from playing poker.


Kiri and her partner performed a hula hoop show at their wedding.

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