Dogs in the Schoolyard

By Flipside Circus, in association with Assembly of Elephants
an Out of the Box Commission
Production history

Judith Wright Centre Showing, 14-16 June 2019

Performance specifics

Running time 55 minutes.
Large cast and small cast versions available for touring.


Dogs in the Schoolyard

– Currently in development –
Dogs in the Schoolyard is a dynamic combination of circus, storytelling, and original music. A modern fable for children aged 3-8 and their families.

The Dogs in the Schoolyard stretches imaginations and bodies to explore a different way of seeing the world. A circus/physical theatre work, The Dogs in the Schoolyard is a collaboration between young artists and acclaimed playwright Elaine Acworth.

On a hot summer afternoon, the dogs in the schoolyard clamber over each other, leaping, running, eating, playing. By the fig tree at the bottom of the oval – where teachers seldom venture – everyone knows the rules and everyone knows their place. But today things are different, the storm birds are circling and a new dog has arrived…

The Dogs in the Schoolyard explores themes of inclusion and exclusion, power, authority, friendship, play, and resilience through the lens of young dogs’ experiences with other pups and authority figures. It explores the role of language in these complex negotiations using verbal, and non-verbal languages as well as concepts of proto-languages.

Creative team

Writer/story/creator: Elaine Acworth
Director/dramaturg/creator: Robert Kronk
Performers/creators: Flipside Circus performance troupe
Creators/trainers: Aliya Abeshiva, Amy Stuart, Chris Fleming
Sound design/composer: Guy Webster
Set & costume designer: Josh McIntosh
Associate artist: Kelsey Booth