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Tantrum X Ensemble is for members of our Tribe ready to ask questions and listen carefully, connect with new ideas and people, and collaborate with each other as artists to create and present brand new contemporary performance.

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Tantrum X Ensemble runs as an additional weekly workshop alongside our afternoon program. 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!

With weekly workshops on Saturday mornings, Tantrum X Ensemble is framed by the making of a new creative project that will playfully challenge participants’ skills and preconceptions about what theatre can be. While it’s not a requirement to be concurrently registered in another Tantrum workshop, you get a sizeable discount for Tantrum X Ensemble if you are (see below)!

Tantrum X Ensemble Semester 2
When the Leaves Fall

In second semester 2019, Tantrum X Ensemble has the opportunity to bring to life the freshest of new Australian writing for the stage developed by teenagers just like them!

In 2018, Story Factory and Belvoir St Theatre led a project with groups of students from four high schools in Western Sydney – Ashcroft, Evans, Liverpool Boys and Thomas Reddall – to write a brand new play. Before starting in the role, Tantrum’s Artistic Director Chris Dunstan was one of the artists facilitating the sharing of ideas between the different students, culminating in the writing of a script about things that make them laugh, things that make them worry, and things they encounter in their own lives. The resulting play is called When the Leaves Fall and Tantrum X Ensemble will work together to stage it for the very first time.

Beyond playing characters including Willow, Stevo and $haniqua to name a few, Ensemble members will be asked to think like directors and designers towards a DIY production in the Tantrum Studio at the end of the year. How do you create compelling theatre on a ‘shoestring’? By thinking outside the box and using materials that are readily available, Tantrum X Ensemble will discover their own unique way to present this fresh Australian play.

Workshops: Saturdays, 10:30am-12pm*
Facilitator: Chris Dunstan
Support Artist: Alex Mangano
Ages 11 – 18 (Yr 6 – 12)*

*Extended and/or additional workshops will be required as the Ensemble moves towards the performance outcome.
This will be communicated well in advance.

When the Leaves Fall contains some adult themes.
Parents / guardians of young people aged 11 or 12 interested in being involved are advised to liaise with Tantrum around this before registering.

Places are limited. Ensemble members will have the opportunity to perform and / or design set, costume, visuals and sound depending on what excites them most. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Tantrum with any questions.


Participants only attending Tantrum X this semester: $396 (payable in two installments across the semester, i.e., one at the beginning of each term)

Participants also attending a weekly afternoon workshop at Tantrum this semester: $200 (payable in two installments across the semester, i.e., one at the beginning of each term). If you would like to claim this discount, please contact the Tantrum Office on 4929 7279 or email info@tantrum.org.au.

Tantrum is a Registered Creative Kids Provider.
You can redeem your $100 Creative Kids voucher towards any of our workshops.

The Story Factory is a non-for-profit creative writing centre for young people across Sydney. Its aim is to change the lives of young people, particularly those from marginalised backgrounds, through creative writing and storytelling.

Belvoir St Theatre is one of Australia’s most celebrated and acclaimed theatre companies, based in Sydney’s Surry Hills. Belvoir’s Education Program runs a range of access programs that work to remove obstacles to young people experiencing and enjoying theatre.

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(02) 4929 7279
101 City Rd, Merewether NSW Australia
(Access and parking via Allworth St)

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