about us


Teacup Tumble was created by Ailsa Wild and Kate Barnard an acrobatic, scientific, theatre-geek duo. Our major work to date, It's not Circus it's Science, has shown at schools and festivals around Melbourne and has toured Regional Victoria in 2012 and 2013.


 Ailsa Wild has a Bachelor of Arts (Melbourne University) and a Masters of Creative Media (RMIT). From 2000-2010, she directed many community youth circus shows as a Circus Trainer and Associate Director of Westside Circus. Ailsa worked as an outside eye on Bubblewrap and Boxes with Asking for Trouble winning Best Kids’ Show in the Melbourne Fringe 2009 and successfully mounting a Regional Arts Victoria tour in 2011. Ailsa co-devised and performed in Asking for Trouble’s recent show, Kapow! which won Best Kids’ Show in the Melbourne Fringe 2010 and toured regionally in 2012 and 2013. She works at City of Melbourne’s ArtPlay where she learns something new about working creatively with children every day.



Kate Barnard has a Physics degree with honours in History and Philosophy of Science and a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication. She currently works for CSIRO as a science communicator and educator. In 2010 Kate travelled around Australia with the Shell Questacon Science Circus, presenting engaging science shows and workshops to students in rural, regional and remote Australia. Kate was a trainer for the Westside Circus for eight years and the Women’s Circus for two years.  She has directed, devised and performed in many community circus shows and events. Her career as a circus trainer gave her a particular love of Newton's laws as she flipped, rolled and dived her way around a stage. Kate is now the Assistant Manager at Bendigo Discover Centre.