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No Tantrum about funding, thanks to Tim Minchin donation

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Comedian Tim Minchin certainly knows how to put a smile on someone’s face.

But, on this occasion, the internationally-beloved entertainer has delighted the many members of a leading youth arts company in the Hunter.

Minchin will donate a portion of ticket sales from his show, Back, at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre on Tuesday 11 January to not-for-profit cooperative, Tantrum.

The charity, which supports young people facing significant barriers to participating in the arts, offers meaningful creative workshops, projects and opportunities to those aged five to 30 that build confidence, connections and compassion.

Minchin’s show was initially slated for March 2020 however, due to COVID-19, it suffered four reschedules spanning just under two years.

So, the excited team at Tantrum was thrilled to finally share their news.

“Tantrum Youth Arts is an obvious choice for this donation, with its focus on young people and young adults, particularly those living with disability,” Minchin said.

His generous gift was gratefully acknowledged by executive director Tamara Gazzard on behalf of Tantrum’s community.

“We are extremely thankful to Tim and for his support,” she said.

“We believe that artistic expression is a powerful tool for young people to connect and that it’s important for unique voices to be celebrated.

“Donations like Tim’s help us to continue with this vital work.”

She went on to describe the organisation’s commitment to addressing disadvantage including disability, financial hardship, mental health and social isolation.

“Tantrum is for all young people but especially those who feel left out, like they don’t belong or that their voices aren’t being heard,” Ms Gazzard added.

The donation will support the charity with its continuation of Accelerate, a theatre ensemble for young adults with disability, as well as the training of staff to provide dedicated assistance for youngsters with a broad range of requirements.

“We’ll always welcome such contributions from businesses and individuals who wish to invest in the ideas and potential of diverse young people to shape Newcastle’s future,” Ms Gazzard said.

“Without the support of businesses and incredible individuals like Tim Minchin, young people who stand to gain the most from participating in arts programs miss out.”

Minchin will also perform at the same venue on Wednesday 12 January.

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