ExpressWay Arts


Carclew’s ExpressWay Arts is calling for young people (13-24 years) in the Onkaparinga area, who want to have their creative voice heard and connect with a like-minded tribe.

Read more about our 2021 plans below, and contact Tam for more information,

Skill Building project

Commencing in July 2021 the ExpressWay Arts ensemble will be embarking on a significant skill Building Project through a series of weekly workshops delivered by professional artists to build specific skills, and gain insights, experience and industry connections. Disciplines will include directing, filmmaking, stage combat/physical theatre, voice work, and writing and performing music.

The group will also investigate stories within their own local community and work towards small-scale performance outcomes.



Hunter and Alex break into the school at night. The teachers all think they’re trouble makers anyway, so they might as well make it worthwhile, right? But Scribble and Z are also on their way, and Alana-Rey and JJ have destructive plans of their own.

Paths cross, windows smash and friendships are tested.Set just before lock-down due to a global pandemic, this play follows a group of teenagers who all surreptitiously choose the same night to prove friendships, enact revenge, and make sacrifices for the people they love.

What you think you know to be true depends significantly on where you’re standing.

An exploration of lived experiences, devised and performed by the ExpressWay Arts ensemble, a collection of young creatives from Adelaide’s southern suburbs.

Following its sell-out Adelaide Fringe performance season, this high-drama radio play focusses on one pair of teenagers who choose the same night as their friends to make sacrifices for the people they love, prove friendships and exact revenge.

2021 DreamBIG Festival radio play season

DURATION: approx 15mins
Available online March - May 2021
>> Listen here

Warning: some low-level course language, themes that involve bullying, peer pressure, risk taking, aggression and confrontation

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Lockdown is a project of Carclew's ExpressWay Arts undertaken jointly with the City of Onkaparinga. Also supported by the Australia Council, the federal government's arts funding and advisory body, the Department of Premier and Caninet through Arts South Australia and Adelaide Fringe..



Meeting every Friday afternoon at the Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga, ExpressWay Arts supports young creatives from the southern suburbs in developing their theatre and art making practices by equipping them with skills in acting, writing, devising, directing, filmmaking and more. ExpressWay Arts employs experienced professional artists to work with the ensemble.

“It’s a brilliant opportunity to create something well beyond my expectations in a caring and supportive way. I’m really proud of having the opportunity to pour my passion and ideas into a group where I feel they are valued and are given the power to become real things. It has become a really valuable part of my life and I have grown to really care for and respect everyone involved.” - ExpressWay Arts ensemble member


More about ExpressWays Arts

ExpressWay Arts is a joint initiative between Carclew and City of Onkaparinga to nurture young artistic leaders in the southern suburbs.

Through three core strategies to nurture and invest in young people’s voices in Onkaparinga, ExpressWay Arts has developed and delivered 5 umbrella projects which have collectively created and presented:
•    2 short films
•    3 performance experiences in public space
•    2 performance works in non-traditional venues
•    1 temporary public artwork
•    3 visual art exhibitions
•    1 song-writing project & 6 new songs
•    100s of workshops in creative writing, poetry, installation, acting, performance, voice, installation, design, sound, movement, circus and everything in between

96 young people (aged 11-27) co-created these projects with a collective commitment of over 1600 individual attendances. They made all of this happen at the same time as navigating a range of complex personal and community contexts. They collaborated with, and were supported by, 27 professional artists – 11 of who identify as emerging as per Carclew’s commitment to emerging and early career artists.

Over 2,500 community members experienced the outcomes of this work - right here in Onkaparinga – as a result of ExpressWay Arts firm commitment to presenting work in the community of origin.

Through the embedded work of the ExpressWay Arts Creative Producer, ExpressWay Arts has also seeded and supported a range of other projects, outcomes and new thinking in the Onkaparinga region. These include workshops and performances at youth week events and council managed youth centres, a performance work with Hopgood theatre, street art projects, youth music projects, guest speaking, mentoring, connecting and always, always, quietly but fiercely advocating for young people to have space, ownership and agency.

And of course, you may or may not already know but Carclew continues to deliver and support a whole host of other projects, activities and outcomes in the southern suburbs through other partnerships. And City of Onkaparinga has a dedicated youth team AND a dedicated arts team driving some amazing opportunities for young people. So stay connected and keep the conversation alive.  Youth arts matters and we’re all in this together.

ExpressWay Arts is an initiative of Carclew undertaken jointly with City of Onkaparinga