A spectacular circus tail for the whole pack

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!

Flipside Circus is Queensland’s largest youth arts organisation. Its artistic programs are all about empowering children and young people to tell their own stories and shape their vision for the future. Flipside’s 2018 production We Live Here won two Matilda Awards as Best Circus or Physical Theatre Work and Best Director.

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.

View the PDF digital program here


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
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

“Dogs in the Schoolyard is such a superb masterpiece of creativity and physicality that it appeals to all ages.” Brisbane Stage
“The entire performance is a visual poem thanks to the gifted creative team—Robert Kronk, Elaine Acworth, and Amy Stuart—and the team of trainers.” Brisbane Stage

    Suitable for all ages, recommended for those aged 3 to 8 years.

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Pricing Guide


^Price listed is per person and must buy four or more tickets in the same transaction.

Under 18 months (at the time of the show) are free on the knee.

A transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction. Selected ticket delivery methods may incur an additional charge. The minimum price listed may be available for selected performances only. Please see the event calendar when booking for the available date(s) and time(s) of this performance.

School group bookings

  • Book your school group to win a Flipside Incursion!

    Circus is the perfect blend of physical discipline and artistic expression. It provides benefits including: sense of achievement, confidence building, team work, focus and resilience.

    Flipside's professional trainers travel to your school with our mobile facilities and will deliver a circus program that will incorporate a range of circus activities that may include mini trampoline, juggling, plate spinning, hoola hoops, acro-balance (including human pyramid), spinning sticks, skipping, rolla-boller, globe ball.

    Book your school group in to see Dogs in the Schoolyard at QPAC by the end of the season – Saturday 15 May 2021 – and go in the draw to win a FREE 1.5hr Flipside Incursion at your school!

    To be eligible to win, the school must be within the Greater Brisbane area. The winning school will be drawn Monday 17 May 2021. The Flipside Circus Incursion will be valid until Dec 2021.


    The winning school will also be given two (2) 15 Tricks in One Day holiday workshops to give away through the school’s own promotional channels e.g. newsletter, social channels. Valid for one participant each.

    What is the 15 Tricks in One Day holiday workshop?

    Roll up, roll up! Come and join the circus for a day and learn 15 circus tricks that you will never forget! You’ll learn new skills from juggling to mini tramp, trapeze to tumbling and many more skills on the ground and in the air. 15 Tricks in One Day is all about trying new things! Every student takes homes a special certificate.

    Valid dates and times: July, September and December holidays 2021. Check Flipside’s website to see availabilities.

    How does the school claim the 2 vouchers? Flipside will provide 2 numerated vouchers. Winners need to contact Flipside at info@flipsidecircus.org.au and provide voucher number to make a booking.