Accelerate Ensemble

Tantrum Youth Arts and Civic Theatre present

Accelerate Ensemble is a new 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 Youth Arts and Civic Theatre – the home of live performance in Newcastle. Civic Theatre will provide an accessible workshop space for the Ensemble to meet each week. In 2021, internationally acclaimed Geelong-based company Back to Back Theatre will help to establish Accelerate Ensemble, while feeding into its first show later in the year. More to come soon on this exciting collaboration!

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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Through weekly workshops/rehearsals, selected participants will receive training in performing and making theatre, leading to the creation and presentation of exciting new performance works

Wednesdays starting from 28 April 2021 (excl. school holidays and the first week of each school term)

Newcastle City Hall (290 King St, Newcastle) - Banquet Room

Young adults with disability who are:

· Aged between 18 and 30

· Living and/or working in Newcastle, or surrounding suburbs

The program is suited to independent NDIS participants with an interest in performing and making their own creative works. No experience required! Each workshop will be led by Tantrum’s Artistic Director/CEO Chris Dunstan 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.

Cost: FREE

Taster Workshops

If you’re interested in participating in Accelerate Ensemble, please register and attend one of the following taster workshops to get a hands-on experience of what the program will be like:


10am-12pm, Monday 29 March

4pm-6pm, Monday 29 March

10am-12pm, Tuesday 30 March

4pm-6pm, Tuesday 30 March

Where: Civic Theatre Playhouse (375 Hunter St, Newcastle - entry off Hunter Street)

Register: Register through Tantrum Youth Arts Places are limited.

Accessibility; Auslan interpreted and audio described (only if participants select these features in the registration form by 5pm, Thursday 25 March)

Cost: FREE

After the taster workshops, participants who wish to be considered for Accelerate Ensemble will be invited/supported to submit a simple Expression of 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, they’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, they’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.