Dogs in the Schoolyard

By Flipside Circus, in association with Assembly of Elephants
Production history

Judith Wright Centre Showing, 14-16 June 2019
Premiere season at QPAC, 5-15 May 2021

Performance specifics

Running time 55 minutes.


Dogs in the Schoolyard

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.

A fun, modern fable combining storytelling, original music and amazing circus for children aged 3 to 8 years and their families.

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…

Dogs in the Schoolyard explores themes of inclusion and exclusion, friendship, play, and resilience through the lens of young dogs’ experiences with other pups. It brings together sensitive storytelling and phenomenal circus skills to immerse audiences in a world ruled by dogs and with unbounded opportunities for play!

Creative team

Director/Writer/Creator: Robert Kronk
Writer/Story/Creator: Elaine Acworth
Director/Creator: Amy Stuart
Performers/Creators: Mia Hughes and Izzy Lawton and the Flipside Circus performance troupe: Abbey Factor, Aurora Bennett-Godde, Eden Vann, Emily Shearer, Indra Garvey, Jedda Bell, Lucy Hunterland, Luke Whitefield, Meg Barber, Oscar Morris, Samantha Giles, Teleah Richardson, Tula Holmes, Zebedee Davies
Sound design/composer: Guy Webster
Creators/trainers: Aliya Abeshiva, Amy Stuart and Chris Fleming, Alex Weckes Huck, Ellie Cox, Davy Sampford and Harley McLeish.
Production manager: Gabriela Gallardo
Set and costume designer: Josh McIntosh
Lighting designer: Jason Glenwright
Stage manager: Yanni Dubler
Co-stage manager/Associate artist: Kelsey Booth

A Flipside Circus production in association with Assembly of Elephants.
Supported by QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival.
Flipside Circus is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and this project has received support through the Queensland Arts Showcase Program Fund.