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Tantrum Youth Arts and Civic Theatre present:

Accelerate Ensemble


Register now for free trial for Accelerate Ensemble for 2024.

Launched in 2021, Accelerate Ensemble is a performance ensemble for young adults with disability who want to explore their own arts practice and work together to push the boundaries of what theatre can DO.

During weekly workshops held throughout the year, the Ensemble develop skills in all aspects of collaborative theatre making, leading to the creation of original performance works. These works, whether big or small, are always true to the group’s interests, ideas and opinions.

Accelerate Ensemble is a partnership between Tantrum and the Civic Theatre – the home of live performance in Newcastle. Civic Theatre provides an accessible workshop space for the Ensemble to meet each week.

Since its inception in 2021, Accelerate Ensemble has been supported by the internationally acclaimed Geelong-based company Back to Back Theatre, who have worked with us to establish the ensemble, offering training and support to our participants and staff, and aiding in the production of new works.

Accelerate Ensemble’s past works include original live theatre performance Party Party Boom Boom and experimental film project RADIAL.

When and Where

Wednesdays 10.00AM – 12.00PM
Newcastle Room, City Hall
290 King St, Newcastle NSW 2300

Term Dates

Term 1
5 February – 12 April (10 weeks)
Term 2
29 April – 5 July (10 weeks)
Term 3
22 July – 27 September (10 weeks)
Term 4
14 October – 20 December (10 weeks)

How to Enrol

All new participants of Accelerate Ensemble should attend a free trial to see if we’re a great fit for one another.

Register for a free trial via our online portal here.

After your trial, if you’re keen to join the Ensemble, we will send details of completing your enrolment and organising your first invoice. Fees can be paid via credit/debit card and direct deposit.


Program Cost

The Accelerate Ensemble program cost is $275 (incl GST) per participant per term.

Once an enrolment is submitted you will receive an invoice for workshop fees at the start of each term. If you require an invoice to be sent directly to your NDIS plan manager this can be arranged.

Participants may be able to claim Accelerate workshop fees under the following NDIS categories:

Core Supports

(04-Assistance with social and community participation)
Group-based community, social and recreational activities

Capacity Building

(09-Increased social and community participation)
Skills development in a group

Discounts and Payment Options

We offer flexible payment plans to all families. Information on how to set up a payment plan is provided in your enrolment confirmation email.

We offer discounts for multiple siblings. 10% off for 2 siblings, 20% off for 3 siblings, 25% off for 4 siblings or more. These discounts are applied to your invoices automatically.

OPEN Scholarships are available for young people experiencing disadvantage. Find out more here.

Support and Access Information

Participants are welcome to bring their Support Workers or Carers with them to the workshop. Depending on support needs, the Support Workers do not need to stay in the room, and instead can stay close by while the participant has independence in the workshop space. Facilitators can provide the Support Workers with the workshop phone number so we can stay in contact during the workshop if needed.

Our workshop facilitators will focus on the delivery of the workshop and are not able to help with personal care of participants.

When registering for a trial, please be clear about the participant’s access and support needs. We will do everything we can to accomodate participants and want participants to have a positive, engaging and creative time in our workshops.

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