Tantrum Outpost is a new initiative by Tantrum Youth Arts in partnership with Arts Upper Hunter to establish ongoing creative workshop programs for young people in regional areas led by regional artists.
The goal is to create sustainable programs that provide regional young people with creative opportunities they may not otherwise have access to.
Guided by Arts Upper Hunter, Dungog has been chosen as the site of the inaugural Tantrum Outpost. Unlike other areas within the Upper Hunter, Dungog does not have an existing amateur/community theatre society, and opportunities for young people to participate in the arts locally are limited. It is also home to the James Theatre – a historic cinema and live performance venue in the heart of Dungog – that has the capacity to host such a youth arts program.
Over two weeks in April, Amy Morris from Tantrum Youth Arts stayed in Dungog, identifying and consulting with the key stakeholders of a new youth arts program. This consultation involved both formal and informal meetings, telephone conversations, and two ‘taster’ workshops.
The residency formed Stage One of Dungog Outpost.
Image of the James Theatre taken by Anna Rankmore.