With an all-Australian creative team and cast, Drummer Queens was created as a celebration of female percussionists and a forum for celebrating their incredible skill, passion and energy.

The must-see live music experience that will leave you breathless.

Created and composed by Joe Accaria, with creative direction by Nigel Turner-Carroll and choreography by Peta Anderson.

Joe Accaria

An award-winning graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Honours Music and Education Bachelor degrees in orchestral percussion, Joe has worked extensively worldwide as a musician, composer, music producer and music director.

Music Direction credits include Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs (Broadway Entertainment Group) – 2005 10th Anniversary World Tour, Novello Theatre London West End 2009, Europe, Asia, Australia, South Africa tours 2010-2015. David Campbell – Swing Sessions I & II, Good Lovin’, On Broadway and Let’s Go tours. Human Nature – The Motown Show tours 2006-2008 and in Las Vegas 2009, Jukebox tours 2013 & 2015. iOTA – Young Hard and Solo Sydney Festival 2012, B-Girl Sydney Opera House 2015. Sydney New Year’s Eve – Lord Mayor’s Ball at the Sydney Opera House 2011 – 2014. Bobby Fox – Four Seasons in One Night 2011-2012. Velvet (Organised Pandemonium) – Adelaide, Perth, Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Brisbane, Hobart Festivals, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Taranaki, Christchurch, Auckland Arts Festivals 2015-2017. Marcia Hines – Disco Inferno 2016-2017. Sydney Christmas Concert, Fireworks & Tree Lighting 2017, Premier’s Concerts 2018 and Gypsy 2018 (One-Eyed Man & Luckiest Productions, Hayes Theatre Co). Pigalle 2019 (Sydney Festival & Peter Rix Management). Velvet Rewired – Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020.

Velvet – The Original Cast Recording produced by Joe and long time collaborator Nik “Sprinkles” Pringadi featuring Marcia Hines was nominated in 2016 for an ARIA Award in the Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album category.

Composition credits include works for – 2000 Sydney Olympic Opening Ceremony, 2o01 Bledisloe Cup, 2010 FIFA World Cup, 2013 & 2014 NRL Grand Finals, Tap Dogs Lord Mayor’s Ball 2014 and the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and is composing the all-female percussion stage show –DrummerQueens – with Director, Nigel Turner-Carroll.

Joe also performed in the Helpmann Award-winning Smoke & Mirrors for Sydney Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and Auckland Arts Festival. Written and directed by Craig Ilott, Joe was a co-recipient of the award for Best Original Score with iOTA.

Joe has also performed and recorded with Andrea Bocelli, Smokey Robinson, Ronan Keating, Robbie Williams, Cyndi Lauper Anthony Warlow, Tina Arena, Wendy Matthews, Yothu Yindi and Jimmy Barnes and is exclusively endorsed by Sonor Drums, Roland V-Drums, UFIP Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, LP Latin Percussion and Vic Firth.

Nigel Turner-Caroll

Award winning director Nigel Turner-Carroll’s credits include Director and Co-Creator of The Tap Pack which is currently on a North American tour and most recently featured on The West End after touring Berlin, Beijing and Edinburgh Fringe festival winning The Spirit of the Fringe Award. Writer and Director of Eireborne with seasons in Zurich and Hamburg.

Recently moving into the position of Associate Director on Wizard of Oz The Arena Experience after Resident Director on Grease the Arena Experience, Movement/Assistant Director for Wayne Harrison on Melba the Musical and choreographer for the staged version of David Walliams’ book Billionaire Boy.

Nigel has also Directed and Co-Written production shows, among them are Damn Good Divas Australian Tour,  Mo Award winner for Best Production Show and nominated for Best Tribute Show at the ACE Awards. The Box Show for Junkyard Beats which won Critics Pick at Sydney Fringe and will tour China later this year.  Gone Too Soon, as well as the all female drum sensation Drummer Queens.

He has Directed and Co-Written multiple cabarets including Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham’s cabaret, Twists and Turns Winner-Best Cabaret and nominated Critics Choice Award Perth Fringe World, as well as his second show Under the Covers. Back to Bacharach, Starring Casey Donovan, Liza Meets Bassey and The Real Thing both for Monique Montez.

Also staging pre-show and half time entertainment segments at the NRL Grand Final 2014, World Cup Cricket pre game 2015 and Carols in the Domain 2018.


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