Performers & Shows

Henry Wagons – Old Fashioned Nights

Henry Wagons (host of Double J’s Tower of Song and front man of the band Wagons) needs no introduction. The charismatic performer, raconteur, TV host and radio personality is synonymous with Melbourne’s culture of good music, good food and good times. Accompanied by special guest Lachlan Bryan on piano (of Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes), this special, Sunday 20 March-lunch-edition of Old Fashioned Nights, delivers up a unique afternoon of songs and stories with a culinary theme. It’s Henry at his informal, conversational best.

CATEGORY: Music

CLASSIFICATION: M

Triple Treat Comedy

Three of the best and most versatile comedians in the country, with over 100 years combined experience in stand-up comedy, come together for one huge night of guaranteed nonstop laughter at Lizottes on Saturday 19th March in Triple Treat Comedy. Guided by host Darren Sanders, Tommy Dean (regularly heard on ABC Radio’s TGIF) and Peter Berner (Backberner, The Einstein Factor) will bring their distinctive styles of comedy to a night of side-splitting hilarity.

CATEGORY: Comedy

CLASSIFICATION: M

Catherine Britt – Home Truths

The internationally successful, multi-award-winning singer/songwriter, Catherine Britt takes to her hometown stage to showcase her new album Home Truths and perform a whole swag of her biggest hits. It’s the singer and the song that makes for truly distinctive and enduring artists – lots of great songs and some mighty fine singing. Catherine Britt has a voice that instantly gets your attention … but unlike others, it is the craftsmanship of this singer/songwriter who unashamedly boasts a worthy story to tell that truly keeps her audience enthralled.

Supported by self-proclaimed gypsy Scotsman, singer/songwriter Colin Lillie whose latest EP was mixed by Shane Nicholson on Beverley Hillbilly Records and features a duet with Britt – this show promises to pack a punch and sell-out.

CATEGORY: Music

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Georgina Winchester – Piano from Gresford

Piano From Gresford is a cross multi-disciplinary performance incorporating symphonic music, story-telling and theatre. The piece of music was written and produced by 24 year old local musician and founder of Purple Top Records, Georgie Winchester, who has gathered only the most experienced and best young musicians in Newcastle to accompany her undulating piano composition. In collaboration with young writer Angus Sharpe who is studying creative writing at the University of Newcastle, some of the most unique and poetic tales have been written and are narrated throughout the show creating an interdisciplinary edge to the performance. To tie the performance together, two local dancers embellish the music and Sharpe’s stories onstage through use of costume, body movement, light and dance. Distinguished director, actor, writer and producer Michael Winchester has offered to assist in direction and production of the show.

Don’t miss this beautiful locally produced show on a magical night in March for the Newcastle Fringe Festival 2022.

CATEGORY: Music

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Nerds & Music Do The Fringe

Nerds & Music consists of two word-nerds from the back sheds of Newcastle. A poetry-writing engineer and a font designer with misguided dreams of guitar stardom, their unique acoustic comedy is all about the words. Quirky and non-traditional, they provide philosophical insight into underrated song writing subjects such as British crime drama, recycling and the colour brown. Delivering satire coated in pleasing harmonies, audiences will be mildly bemused by their weirdness, witticisms, wordplay, alliteration, and use of the Oxford Comma. Warning: may contain traces of nerd.

CATEGORY: Music and Comedy

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Space Jammed

Space Jammed is an improv/theatre sports interactive show where families get to be the performers! The audience start with some warm up exercises, gets divided into teams and then we compete in improv games. We end the show with our two teams competing to make the final Slam Dunk and win the Jammed Off trophy! Open to families with kids ages 5-16yo and all abilities. Parents are encouraged to join their kids to participate in the laughs but you can participate as much or as you like. It’s just as much fun to watch as to be part of the show. There are costumes, props, aliens and lots of laughs!

CATEGORY: Comedy, Theatre and Kids Show

CLASSIFICATION: K, YA, PG

Australian Ukulele Orchestra

The Australian Ukulele Orchestra (AUO) is a small group of talented musicians from NSW. Based in Sydney but with members also from Newcastle and Port Macquarie, the group is unique to the Australian ukulele scene. They perform multi-part arrangements of compositions from Handel to Fleetwood Mac, Tchaikovsky to Michael Jackson. Formed in 2019 and just before COVID restrictions kicked in the Orchestra was previously known as The Outlaws and had performed for several years at ukulele festivals on the East Coast. During the two NSW COVID lockdowns the Orchestra produced entertaining videos of some of their repertoire available on You Tube and via their Facebook Page. In recent times the Orchestra has supplemented its pure ukulele line-up with vocals and percussionists. Demonstrating that music is for all people, the group sports members with careers in teaching, education administration, banking, retirement and health sciences.

CATEGORY: Music

CLASSIFICATION: PG

On The Edge

Enormous technical changes over the last thirty years, and of course COVID, pushes our elderly performer to the limits of sanity, so he calls upon his friends from other parts of the world, who bring a wealth of talent which they try to communicate through today’s technology. Their seemingly inept attempts hopefully achieve a surprisingly hilarious result.

CATEGORY: Experimental Theatre and Comedy

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Robyn Reynolds – Mermaid

Join Robyn Reynolds (UK) for hilarious “fish out of water” debut show! Much like Ariel, Robyn has a fantastic set of norks and her bottom is covered in scales. Expect a rough and ready hour of comedy, filled with relatable moments and Bridget Jones level of personal embarrassment. BOOK TICKETS NOW!

NOMINATED: Best Comedy at Sydney Fringe 2019. “Clearly talented in the structure and timing of comedy, it’s not hard to see why she’s a fast-rising comic in the Sydney scene.” – Theatre Travels

CATEGORY: Comedy

CLASSIFICATION: M

Di Barkas – Oops

Hilarious Comedy, from a hopeful Lady in the age of Viagra. Beware, it can kill you with laughter.

CATEGORY: Comedy

CLASSIFICATION: M

Scary Strangers – Halwala Palooza

Scary Strangers presents HALWALA PALOOZA, an eclectic mix of sketch, stand-up and improvised comedy, brought to you by Sydney-based comedians, Ru Halwala and Tom Stevenson. Prepare your bodies and minds for a smorgasbord of crazy costumes, biting observations and general hilarity. Scary Strangers is the comedic lovechild of Ru and Tom, which has dazzled large audiences at venues across Sydney for the past year. It is also home to a working production studio in Chippendale, servicing multiple disciplines across the performing and fine arts. We like to consider ourselves the epicentre of good taste, kindness, and creativity in Sydney.

CATEGORY: Comedy and Theatre

CLASSIFICATION: M

Clark Gormley – Sydney The Folk Musical

Spanning 10,000 years and 658 suburbs, this is a rollicking romp about that much maligned city. Features fabulous singers, a live folk band and a Greek chorus, and filled with songs penned by Clark Gormley.

CATEGORY: Music and Comedy

CLASSICIFATION: PG

Failure to Launch

They perform funny songs and award-winning poetry but can they finally get their books off the ground? Robert Edmonds is a prize-winning poet and performer but Gravity Doesn’t Work is his first collection. Clark Gormley is a Writer/Singer/Comedian who’s written three albums worth of songs for Nerds & Music but his poetry collection Not What You Think deserves a bigger audience. See the show that won best comedy at 2021 Dubbo Fringe.

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CATEGORGY: Music, Comedy and Poetry

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Basketball Man Can Fly

For years Basketball Man has been a world renowned Basketball Freestyler but now he’s out to prove he’s a real superhero. Witness the best basketball tricks you’ve never seen as Basketball Man. Watch him as he spins, dribbles, juggles, and performs stunts in this crime fighting, family-friendly circus show.

CATEGORY: Circus and Kids Show

CLASSIFICATION: K, YA, PG

Tinder Cindy

Cindy’s in a crisis – rolling dolmades with one hand whilst desperately swiping right with the other. After backpacking around the world she’s back home with no money, no boyfriend and she’s living with her Yiayia.

CATEGORY: Comedy, Theatre and Spoken Word

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Zlatko’s Balkan Cabaret

Want to get your feet tapping? Want to free your inner Gypsy? Then come along to experience the unique music and song of Zlatko’s Balkan Cabaret, from moving love songs to passionate dance music. Fiery, powerful, gentle, romantic… Zlatko’s Balkan Cabaret brings you all the captivating music of the Romany gypsies and Balkan folk songs. Zlatko’s rich baritone voice, accompanied by instruments as diverse as guitar, violin, keyboard, clarinet and percussion, recreates the exhilarating and moving songs of his homeland. This ensemble of talented and vibrant musicians from the Illawarra entrances audiences with the spirit and mystery of this ancient culture, from poignant love songs to irresistible dance music. As they share their love of their Romany roots, the vibrant intensity of true gypsy blood flows through their music to transform audiences into a passionate gypsy troupe. So step out of life as you know it and free your inner gypsy with Zlatko’s Balkan Cabaret!

CATEGORY: Music and Cabaret

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Steve Wilson – Don’t Touch Me! A Tale of Cats and Hugs

Don’t Touch Me! A Tale of Cats and Hugs is a solo performance about a single, middle-aged man navigating the perils of housesitting, and relationships. Part monologue, part slide show it is a comical and warm tale of encounters with cats and people who want to hug you – performed by Steve Wilson aka Camino Man, winner of the 2021 Newcastle Fringe Best New Show.

CATEGORY: Theatre and Spoken Word

CLASSIFICATION: M

It’s About Time

A whimsical romp through time about time. From Sumerians to Einstein, from talking clock to Royal Astronomers, It’s About Time is an engrossing look at our fascination with time and do we really know what it is. It’s time for you to learn about time.

CATEGORY: Comedy and Theatre

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Alana Blackburn – Re-Growth?

Regrowth? is a solo multimedia performance by acclaimed recorder player Alana Blackburn. Through a performance of new, electroacoustic works it’s time to hear the recorder like you’ve never heard it before! Bringing an arsenal of different sized instruments, this visual and aural experience evokes thoughts and engagement between the audience, the natural world, and the creative sound world.

Obviously a fine exponent of music for any recorder, she proved herself as a capable experimenter in contemporary wind technique. In four diverse works she produced an atmospheric collaboration with electronic media.ArtsHub

CATEGORY: Music and Experimental Theatre

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Luke Robinson – Songs of Country & Conscience

As folk music legend Pete Seeger once said, “A good song reminds us what we’re fighting for”. With carefully-crafted lyrics and a rich, powerful bass voice accompanied by acoustic guitar, Luke’s rousing anthems and contemplative ballads range from our First Peoples to refugees, fracking, climate change, military misadventures and drug addiction, balanced with comical reflections on Australian life and politics.

Originally hailing from country Victoria, Luke now lives in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. Playing in a blend of folk, rock and country styles, he has performed at folk clubs, festivals and other public events across the country. In Songs of Country & Conscience, Luke and fellow musicians from Newcastle and Sydney will share with you their original songs calling for social and ecological justice – be sure not to miss these powerful voices for a better Australia.

CATEGORY: Music

CLASSIFCATION: M

The Whole Shebang

A showcase of the best established and emerging women comedians in NSW! Join us for an amazing night femme forward comedy. If you can’t decide which show to go to , why not sample some of the funniest acts around?

50% of all profits will be donated to Jenny’s Place, a non-profit organisation helping women in crisis. By coming to this show, you not only support women in comedy, but women in need. Thank you.

CATEGORY: Comedy

CLASSIFICATION: M

Mitchell Elliott – Kurosawa Daydream

Mitchell Elliott will perform his 2021 collection Kurosawa Daydream for the first time before a live audience. Kurosawa Daydream is inspired by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s series of short films, Dreams (夢). The songs are, like their namesake, desolate, uncanny, and phantasmagorical; collages of electronic sounds that provoke the listener to find meaning within the cacophony of violent sounds, eerie melodies and disparate field recordings. Elliott invites his audience to endure a treacherous sonic journey through dream-like imagery and foreign worlds.

CATEGORY: Music

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Nothing Serious

Maddie and Laura aren’t looking for anything serious. Just a crowd, maybe 20-or-so, to come and see their stand-up. It’s no big deal, it’ll only be an hour. Honestly it will be more like 50 minutes. The jokes are really good. No pressure though, its nothing serious. Unless… you want it to be?

Maddie Southall is a comedian, actor and screenwriter. Perth-born, she cut her teeth in the LA comedy scene, eventually performing regularly at the world famous Comedy Store and Flappers Comedy Club. With a Creative Writing degree from UCLA, Maddie returned to Sydney. When she’s not writing for television, she’s writing jokes. Catch her delighting audiences all around Australia with her unique brand of intelligent, whimsical comedy.

Described by her peers as “a killer”, “super funny” and “that chick who bought me a beer once”, Laura Coleman was a 2020 Raw Comedy state finalist. Laura has been seen at such illustrious venues as the Comedy Lounge, Powerbomb Comedy and Dirty Thunder comedy nights.

CATEGORY: Comedy

CLASSIFICATION: M

Vanessa ‘Larry’ Mitchell – Teardrops on my Dildo

Taking a break from her literary project, 50 First Dates, aptly renamed Teardrops on my Dildo, Vanessa ‘Larry’ Mitchell is a cannonball of confidence and a firing squad of laughter on stage. From parenting, dating and all things female, if you shouldn’t say it in public, you can guarantee she will.

CATEGORY: Comedy

CLASSIFICATION: M

Eddy Rockefeller – Wisdom Teeth

Returning from last year’s sold out run and multiple award nominations, Eddy Rockefeller is back with her next triumph Wisdom Teeth, a show about biting off more than you can chew, learning from it, then biting again. After fumbling her way through her twenties, Eddy Rockefeller is here to share the wisdom of her experiences in this one woman comedy spectacular! From confusion to clarity. From naïve girl to wise woman. From failed relationship to…failed relationship. Life has thrown a lot at this professional attention seeker and she’s learnt how to roll with the punch-lines. They say failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour, so get ready for one flavoursome, condiment soaked show! I hope you like mustard…

CATEGORY: Comedy

CLASSIFICATION: M

Jane Austen Society

Is Mr Darcy more vividly portrayed within the pages of the novel Pride and Prejudice or when viewed in a TV or film adaptation? Can a novel written 200 years ago be meaningful to a present-day reader without the help of a dramatic re-enactment? How obligated is the adapter of Austen’s work to remain true to the original?

Members of the local branch of the Jane Austen Society will lead a lively discussion on these questions in which the audience will be encouraged to join.

FREE EVENT

CATEGORY: Spoken Word

CLASSIFICATION: YA, PG

The Majishans present Nashville: a Rock Odyssey

Hold on to your seats folks – it’s going to be a wild ride! This is the story of an almost famous band whose manager offers them a breakthrough gig in Nashville. All they have to do is get on a private plane, taking off from a deserted airstrip at night, and fly to Tennessee…. What follows is an epic journey of survival, loss and transformation. Nashville is an amazing performance that fuses storytelling with original music. It’s a rock odyssey inspired by Middle Eastern riffs, swampy Delta blues, trance and the kind of smoky, guitar-fuelled journeys of the Deep South.

CATEGORY: Music and Spoken Word

CLASSIFICATION: M

Marty Bright – Jokin’N Spoken

Join world touring comedian and poet, Marty Bright for an hour of whimsical silly stand up comedy, funky rhythmic rhymes and heartfelt husky vocals. Marty has performed across Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada, bringing his upbeat, unique hybrid style of performance to stages such as Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals, The Comedy Store (LA and Sydney) as well as the Adelaide and Sydney Fringes. Joining Marty for the evening will be some secret special guest performers of the Novocastrian Variety.

CATEGORY: Comedy and Poetry

CLASSIFICATION: M

Corey Pickett – Circus & Other Time Wasters!

A collection of utterly unnecessary feats that will excite and delight. Corey has devoted copious amounts of time throughout his life, mastering tricks and skills that are guaranteed to enthral and entertain. This show will take you from juggling and balance to cartoon-esque physical comedy and big circus stunts. Mixing old school variety with quick wit all finishing on a giant unicycle! Come waste some time with a master of manipulation and sensational silliness.

A show that is as skillful as it is ridiculous, equally full of laughs and pathos” – Kiss Arts Festival Organizers

I’ve seen better” – Corey’s Mum

CATEGORY: Circus and Comedy

CLASSIFICATION: M

Vexel Creations – Belly of The Beast

Vexel Creations presents Belly of the Beast – a cross-disciplinary study of personal responsibility and social justice through movement and sound. Artists, Monique Humphreys and Mitchell Elliott push the boundaries of their respective mediums to portray a woman’s battle for sanity within a corrupted reality.

CATEGORY: Experimental Theatre

CLASSIFICATION: M

BlackStarr Cabaret & Burlesque

At night the misfits come. Welcome as we thrill and thrall you with cabaret, burlesque, circus and a lashing of magic. We will tease, we will tantalise and leave you wanting more. For the glamour, for the love and everything in between.

CATEGORY: Cabaret, Burlesque and Circus

CLASSIFICATION: XXX

Come for Tea!

COME FOR TEA! A collection of real-life experiences and funny misunderstandings and situations one can experience when not familiar with slang, new culture, food experiences, and sayings that one never learns when studying English at school. This show will make you smile, giggle and laugh out loud about everyday situations.

CATEGORY: Comedy

CLASSIFICATION: PG tips!

Psychotic Sideshow

A motley crew of clowns have been booted out & ex-clown-unicated from Jailor Jorge’s Sideshow for displaying “macabre & unusual behaviours”. Circus-goers and the like, prepare yourself for a gawking spectacle.

CATEGORY: Circus and Experimental Theatre

CLASSIFICATION: XXX

WCB: Sigil

The return season of WCB: Sigil, ‘Artistic Merit’ nominee from Newcastle Fringe Festival 2021!

WCB: Sigil is an exploration of musical spell-casting. Walking through a surreal projected landscape, we go with WCB deep into his psyche to reveal sometimes uncomfortable truths but ultimately cathartic emotions.

WCB has been described internationally as neo-soul, R&B, electronica and trip-hop, “emotional and soulful”, “with a distinct moodiness”, but what draws listeners to his music is the exploration of the emotional complexities of the human experience.

WCB: Sigil combines his love for music, visual storytelling and movement, providing a glimpse inside the world in which his music exists; giving an authentic representation into the the struggles of being queer and an artist.

WCB has performed previously at Newcastle Fringe, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Auckland Arts Festival, NZ Pride Festival and NZ Music Month; and shared the stage with queer icon Lucy Lawless.

CATEGORY: Music and Experimental Theatre

CLASSIFICATION: M, YA