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Text: Accelerate Ensemble
Tantrum Youth Arts and Civic Theatre present:

Accelerate Ensemble

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 will develop skills in all aspects of collaborative theatre making, leading to the creation of original performance works. These works, whether big or small, will always be 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 will provide 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 is proudly supported by Beyond Bank Australia. 

Important Information

What: Accelerate Ensemble is an ongoing creative program, consisting of weekly workshops/rehearsals throughout 2022. Selected participants will receive training in performing and making theatre, leading to the creation and presentation of exciting new performance works
When: Wednesdays starting from 9th Feb 2021 (excl. school holidays and the first week of each school term)
Where: Newcastle City Hall (290 King St, Newcastle) – Banquet Room
Who: Young adults with disability who are: 

  • Aged between 18 and 30 
  • Living and/or working in Newcastle (or surrounding LGAs) 

Cost: FREE 

No experience required!  

Each workshop will be led by Tantrum’s Workshop Coordinator, Amy Morris, and supported by another artist from Tantrum, with additional assistance provided by Civic Theatre / City of Newcastle staff. We understand the importance of working with participants’ existing supports to establish an inclusive and dynamic creative space. 


How Do I Get Involved?

We open applications for Accelerate Ensemble at the start of each year. 

In 2022, we are inviting those interested in joining the ensemble to first participate in a taster workshop on Wednesday 2nd February. They will then be required to fill in a simple Expression of Interest form. 

Our regular workshops commence on Wednesday 9th February.

Please email info@tantrum.org.au or call (02) 4929 7279 to express your interest.


Tantrum Youth Arts is a registered charity and the only professional company in the Hunter that offers opportunities for young adults to develop skills, make their own work and explore a career in theatre and performance. While anyone can apply for our emerging artist programs and participate without cost, we’re keenly aware of the additional barriers facing people with disability to accessing creative programs and training locally. As Tantrum has always had a focus on engaging young people who may otherwise miss out, we’re uniquely placed to design and deliver a theatre ensemble program for young adults with disability, exposing the group to collaborative approaches to making their own performance work and linking them to pathways towards a professional career in the arts.

City of Newcastle’s heritage-listed Civic Theatre is the heart and soul of live performance in Newcastle. The majestic Theatre is over 90 years old and in addition to the grand auditorium – that has seen many big productions – the Theatre has numerous multi-purpose spaces within the art deco walls. Civic Theatre aims to nurture an inclusive and creative culture and is committed to providing venues and experiences that are accessible to the widest possible audience. Partnering with Tantrum Youth Arts is just one of the many initiatives in the ‘Beyond the Stage’ programming, that aims to promote community inclusivity.

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(02) 4929 7279
101 City Rd, Merewether NSW Australia
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