Tantrum FleX Ensemble
At its heart, Tantrum FleX Ensemble (formerly Tantrum X) invites teenagers to collaborate with each other as artists to make new connections and exciting new art.
In a world turned on its head by coronavirus, this takes on a whole new meaning. Tantrum FleX speaks to the challenge that all artists face in discovering new ways of working together and new approaches to forging connections, both during and beyond this pandemic.
As always, Tantrum believes that young people are up to the challenge, as experts in thinking outside the box and adapting to change.
In 2020, Tantrum FleX adapted as artists to deliver FleXpo – an online experience featuring three brand new audio works.
In 2021, Tantrum FleX Ensemble will continue to run on Saturdays for young people aged 12-18 (Yr 7-12) on-site in our COVID-Safe Studio at Tantrum. The program will culminate in the making of a brand-new creative work. The work will be presented for the greater community in a way that responds flexibly to our context at the time – whatever that may be! Together, we will find creative and innovative solutions to making and performing.
2021 - Make Yourself At Home
What does it mean to feel ’at home’? COVID-19 has changed our relationship with our homes, as lockdown turned them into makeshift classrooms, offices and even creative workshop spaces. (A big THANK YOU to everyone who stepped into the unknown and joined Tantrum on Zoom last year!) But feeling at home isn’t just about being in our own houses. It can happen anywhere. It’s about feeling welcome and comfortable to just ‘be’. It’s about feeling connected to a place and empowered to act within it. And play…
In 2021, members of Tantrum FleX Ensemble will have the chance to make themselves at home in and around the Civic Theatre – the home of live performance in Newcastle. It’s over 90 years old with a grand auditorium, which has seen many big productions, plus many other multi-purpose spaces within its walls. In partnering with Tantrum, Civic Theatre is throwing open its doors to Tantrum FleX to explore the building and its history, while inviting the teenage Ensemble members to playfully bring their own personalities and stories to the various spaces. Along with Accelerate Ensemble, Tantrum FleX will work towards a unique live performance event for the entire community in September as part of the New Annual (City of Newcastle’s Festival), welcoming people who are familiar but especially those who are new to the Civic Theatre to come as they are and experience a different side of this amazing heritage-listed building.
What: Weekly workshops leading to the making and presentation of a brand-new creative work in partnership with Civic Theatre
When: Saturdays from 10am-12pm in Terms 2 & 3 (excluding the first week of term)
Term 3 dates: 24 June – 18 September
There will be some intensive sessions scheduled in the June/July school holidays (dates TBA), with additional rehearsals (where necessary) in the lead up to the shows at the end of September.
Where: Tantrum Studio, with some sessions at the Civic Theatre (TBC)
Who: Ages 12-18 (Yr 7-12)
Cost (per term): $270 or $135 if you’re concurrently registered in another Tantrum workshop
Tantrum FleX Ensemble runs as an additional weekly workshop alongside our afternoon program for young people aged 12-18. As long as you’ve participated in another Tantrum workshop within the previous year and have energy and imagination to burn, you’re eligible to join!
Tantrum is a Registered Creative Kids Provider.
You can redeem your $100 Creative Kids voucher towards any of our workshops.
Please Note: Tantrum will continue to follow and respond to government health advice at all times. In the instance that the Tantrum site is forced to close, all workshops and activities will immediately move to online delivery. No refunds or credits will be given except in the event of workshops being cancelled.
We will continue to offer our Tantrum OPEN Scholarship program for young people facing disadvantage.