ExpressWay Arts



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.

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

2021 Adelaide Fringe performance season

Carclew Ballroom, 11 Jeffcott St, North Adelaide
Suitable for ages 13+ / school year 8+
Duration approx 1 hour

Schools performances:
23, 24, 25 February at 10:30am
19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 February at 1:00pm
TICKETS: $12 schools / $7 equity
Teacher resources & Q&A available

General public performances:
18, 19, 26, 27 February at 7pm
27 February at 2pm

2021 DreamBIG Festival radio play season

Following its 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.
DURATION: approx 15mins
Available online here March - May 2021

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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 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 mentor the young ensemble.

ExpressWay Arts’ latest project is LockDown, an investigation and exploration of violence in schools as experienced by members of ExpressWay Arts. The project is facilitated by Lead Artist, Dr Sarah Peters and will result in a radio play which will then be translated into live performance for Adelaide Fringe in 2021. Using practice-led methodologies Sarah is researching best practice pedagogy for participant-led youth arts projects.


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


Contact Details

Tamara Lee Collins

Key Dates

  • Feb 18
    Feb 27
    Lockdown | Adelaide Fringe Performance


    Carclew House


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