A thrilling circus escapade inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns’ renowned composition

Lovers of circus, animals and music roll up as the acclaimed Carnival of the Animals returns to Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC’s) Playhouse from 9 January 2016.

A production by renowned Brisbane based company Circa and QPAC’s signature Out of the Box festival, Carnival of the Animals celebrates the zoological diversity of planet earth featuring a striking backdrop of digital animation and a new contemporary music score by Quincy Grant inspired by the symphonic work of composer Camille Saint-Saëns.

After its popular premier season at QPAC’s 2014 Out of the Box festival, Carnival of the Animals has toured the globe receiving critical acclaim and thrilling audiences from France and Chile to Colombia and New Zealand.

Now this captivating production comes back to Brisbane, to delight families as it develops imagination and creativity through an educational, rich and fun theatre experience.

Carnival of the Animals features whimsical tales of creatures of land and sea, who tumble, fly, leap and spin their way through the many wondrous worlds of the animal kingdom. The zebras juggle and flip, the kangaroos skip and somersault, there are elephants with street-cred, and even the dinosaur bones shake, clatter and roll to the music!

Nominated for a 2015 Helpmann award for Best Children’s Production, Carnival of the Animals is inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns’ celebrated salute to feathers, fur and fins with Circa’s talented acrobats bringing the classical music suite to life for a whole new generation of circus, music and animal lovers.

Since 2006, Circa has toured to 33 countries across six continents, earning rave reviews from critics, describing their work as, ‘stunning…exquisite… heart stopping’ and ‘electrically charged’.

This magical production is not to be missed. Book now for Carnival of the Animals at QPAC from 9 January at or phone 136-246.

…an enthralling work for all ages…
Sydney Arts Guide

…magical to experience. A truly beautiful piece of interactive theatre.
Theatre Review, New Zealand

A dazzling, delightful performance for all
Sydney Arts Guide

…Carnival of the Animals is one of those has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed type performances. It is so incredibly special and unique it will be a huge hit with the entire family. A WOW moment to live in their hearts forever…
Brisbane Kids

Carnival of the Animals will live long in the minds and animal inspired dreams (and perhaps the back yard flights of fancy from bouncing on a trampoline or climbing a tree) of the children and adults who come to view the awesome world created by this wonderful collaboration between QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival and Circa.

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Carnival of the Animals is suitable for children aged from 3 years and above.

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Carnival of the Animals is part of QPAC’s SummerSet – a huge program of holiday activities at QPAC this January. Discover what else is on at QPAC this summer at

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