Physical Theatre and Circus Skills Training Courses for NSW Schools 




Commencing January 2014



As arranged, on Monday Kate Reid took an all day workshop here at Stella Maris. It was for us, a most refreshing experience. My students opened their eyes to new ways of thinking about performance, finding avenues to harness what was hiding inside them and releasing it. My class' expression of its discoveries is embryonic yet but the students came away from the day energised (slightly exhausted) and prepared to explore their physicality in performance in ways that had never occurred to them before. Imaginations are now much harder at work. Kate's work with them was commanding and nurturing and the commitment the students demonstrated was testament to her skills with young people and their respect for the depth and breadth of her knowledge.

As I seek to expose my students to as many influences as I can, these workshos are of particular significance. A fine day indeed. Please pass on to Kate our further thanks.
Regards, Geoff Cartwright / Stella Maris College


Contact us for Bookings or More Information:
Contact: Kate Reid
Phone / 0419 294 156



A new venture in Physical Theatre and Circus Programs for all NSW Schools

This Program has been initiated by Kate Reid and Simone O’Brien (ex-Artistic Associate Legs on the Wall), both currently trainers with Legs on the Wall Theatre Company.

Both Kate Reid and Simone O’Brien have been instrumental in creating the Legs on the Wall Educational Program and both have been strategic trainers within this program for the last seven years.

Due to Legs on the Wall suspending their Educational Program for 2014, we feel it is important that such programs remain available to all schools and students and hence have created a new venture to fill the gap.

‘SHIFT’ is offering NEW Workshops and Programs for 2014, with, Basic to Advanced Training in Physical Theatre, and NEW courses in Circus Skills Training


Trainers for ‘Shift’ 2014

Kate Reid is Artistic Director and Performer with Candy Stripe Circus, one of Australia’s most unique Circus and Physical Theatre Company’s. Kate has directed shows for events such as Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival, Feast Festival, Adelaide Festival, and worked extensively at events and festivals across Asia and Europe. Kate has been a board member of ACAPTA, (Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association 2005-2010) and worked with Company’s such as Rock’n’Roll Circus, (now Circa), Circus Oz, Circus Monoxide, NAISDA and FFFC. She currently works as a trainer for Legs on the Wall Theatre Company, amongst others.

Simone O’Brien, (ex Artistic Associate legs on the Wall) is an Aerialist, Acrobat, Artist, Clown, MC, Trainer and more. Working and training across the Globe Simone has worked with esteemed Australian Company’s such as ‘Club Swing’, Circus Oz and FFFC, and worked for Arts Festivals extensively across Europe creating Major Art Installations and Physical Theatre Extravaganzas. Simone currently also works part-time as a trainer for Legs on the Wall, as well as freelancing as a Professional Physical Theatre Artist, training, directing and devising work for various groups and artists at events such as the Mullum Circus Fest, WA Circus Festival, Tasmania Circus Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, amongst others. Simone has been a board member of ACAPTA (2004-2011).

Both Artists have a dedicated history working in both Community and Youth Arts Programs and have 2 decades of experience as Trainers, Facilitators and Directors working within the Youth Circus and Physical Theatre Sectors.


Courses in brief:

1. Introduction to Physical Theatre – Includes Basic techniques in Physical Theatre; Slapstick, Clowning, Adagio, Human pyramids, Physical Character development, Stage Craft, Movement in three dimensional space, Use of the physical body as a ‘voice’

2. Intermediate Physical Theatre – Includes Intermediate techniques in Physical Theatre; Slapstick, Clowning, Adagio, Human pyramids, Character development, Stage Craft, Movement in three dimensional space, Use of the physical body as a ‘voice’

3. Advanced Physical Theatre – Advanced Course in Physical Theatre; Skill Combining, Master-classes for established works, Advanced Devising and Performance techniques, Creating Work from the Physical, and Advanced Stage Craft

4. Circus Skills for all – Circus Skills Training and Workshops with all equipment provided. Book a Circus Workshop in your School now,.. Available for Fun, Fitness or with a Performance content. Juggling, Hula-hoops, Adagio, Tumbling, Human Pyramids, Diablo,.. and more


We do offer specialized training in Aerials but fees and specifics are by request only as we will have to determine if your school has appropriate facilities for rigging


For a break down of Course, Content, Structures and Fees

Please call us and we will forward you our full Program Synopsis

Call Kate Reid on 0419 294 156 for more Information or Bookings:
Office hours 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday
Email /
Courses/Workshops are available 5 days per week, Mon – Fri


Safety Code:
Safety is absolutely critical to our work. Trainers work within a strict Code of Conduct regards Safety and Safe Working practices for all Activities

Working with Children Check:
All Trainers must undergo Working with Children Checks

‘SHIFT’ is run under the Professional banner of Candy Stripe Circus and The Blue Mountains Circus Collective and has comprehensive Insurance Cover for all activities offered. Insurance Certification will be provided for at time of Booking

Schools will be invoiced by Candy Stripe Circus ABN 24 588 641 800 with a tax invoice which will include all payment details