T: (02) 4929 4969 Dean Winter


 Fri 5th Sat 6th Fri 12th Sat 13th @ 8pm + Sun 14th @ 2pm July


or Mistletoe Is Just Another Noxious Weed.

online tickets available HERE


Dysfunctional family Christmas reunions can often be appalling examples of human interaction, reflecting minimal Christmas Spirit. So it is with the Pitt Family. An invitation to the Pitt Family Christmas in July Reunion allows you to join in an adult Christmas Pantomime, the hilarious conflict between family members, combined with lively jazz, blues, Latin and Jug Band music.

This year this family of petty criminals' gathering for their compulsory Christmas in July Reunion has been intensified by the reading of the recently departed patriarch's will.

A Very Choppy Christmas (A Radio Play Jazz Cabaret) is produced by the two times CONDA (City of Newcastle Drama Awards) winning Smokin' Chops team of David Baker (guitar, banjo), Chris Gill (saxophone, clarinet, percussion), Manny Serrano (trumpet, flute), and Marcus Holdsworth (double bass, sousaphone, trombone). Their latest production combines exceptional multi-instrumental musical skills with approximately Spike Milliganesque acting, and a plot almost as unfathomable as a Marx Brothers screenplay.

A season of riotous performances will be held at the Royal Exchange, Bolton Street, Newcastle, Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Friday 12th, Saturday 13th July commencing at 8.00 pm , with a Sunday 14th July matinee commencing at 2.00 pm.

Tickets: $25 Bookings Phone:02 49294969


 Wednesday 17th July 8pm $10


Compiled and edited by Andrew Leavold, Queensland-based director of the cult documentary The Search For Weng Weng, from his thirty-plus years of excavating film oddities. Here Leavold digs deep into the Trash Video vaults (his legendary Brisbane cult movie store from 1995 to 2010) to create the ultimate two hour party mash-up for cine-generates and severely damaged pulp casualties: clips from Bollywood and Nollywood - that’s Nigerian DIY “cinema” - as well as vintage ads and trailers, brain-numbing Christian shorts, spookshow weirdies, a Filipino midget disco number, Turksploitation (ever seen the Turkish Star Wars?), the North Korean Godzilla, Indonesian flying-heads-with-guts-attached, wrestling Mexican Mummies – a glorious Trash-fried enchilada with heapings of extra cheese!

Andrew Leavold will also be present to introduce the program, and launch the Kickstarter campaign for his latest venture, FILM SAFARI – a guided tour of film locations in exotic locales, starting this October in Spain and Mexico!


Thurs  18th July 7pm $10


The Songlarks are a family trio who love to sing in harmony. When they grow up they hope to write their own songs.

Nerds & Music consists of two cyborgs assembled by some deranged mechanic in his back shed in Newcastle. Audiences have been rendered dumbstruck by their weirdness, witticisms, wordplay, and alliteration. Nerds are riding high on the success of their latest CD, You Can’t Polish a Nerd.


Fri 19th July

CD launch


Monday 22 JULY  7.30pm

NGKS (German)  Movie Night

Art girls (2013)

Three women artists from Berlin collaborate on an exhibition sponsored by a biotech firm and end up being the first people to experience the fascinating symptoms of an evolutionary leap. 120 min



Wed 24th - Sun 28th July 8pm $25

 Online tickets available HERE

From the team that brought you "Year Of The Rooster" and "Suicide, Incorporated" comes a heart warming and darkly funny show.


"An inner-tube, a bagel, a donut, a lifesaver, a holiday wreath, a tire-swing, a cycle of abuse, a halo of hatred: circles, both real and figurative, whirl out of control in this darkly comic one-man show. And at the center of them all sits an enigmatic squirrel. Orbiting that squirrel is Chester, a self-described rodentophobe who spins the outlandish, funny, and bruising tale of growing up with a father who developed a rabid hatred for squirrels -- a hatred that eventually infected every aspect of his and his son's life. Pursued by memories of his intolerant father and the legacy of bigotry, Chester is pulled into the black hole at the center of his own life where he encounters the mistakes, the fears, the guilt, and the humanity that make him whole again"


Written by John Walch
Directed by Allison Van Gaal
Performed by James Chapman


 Wednesday 31st July



Sat 3rd August




Wed 14th, Thurs 15th, Fri 16th, Sat 17th August 7.30pm


A young woman cast aside in a patriarchal society – a foreign national interrogated in a detention camp. Two short one-act plays from ancient Greece and contemporary Australia, linked together by the theme of oppression.



In ancient Greece fickle boys dumped girlfriends after having sex with them, just as they do today. But the girls had one remedy which modern young women don't (unless they have studied at Hogwarts) – magic! Watch Simaitha trying to deal with her loss in this dramatic monologue written around 2,300 years ago, and learn from her impassioned performance how little the human heart has changed.


Theocritus' Love Magic (c. 280-60 BCE) is the finest surviving example of what the Greeks called mime, a short spoken play for one to four actors which was probably performed without props. It is very unusual because its heroine is a young unmarried woman, usually 'invisible' and without a voice in ancient Greek society.


Translated and directed by Michael Ewans.

Starring Siobhan Caulfield as Simaitha.




We’re in a detention camp on an island somewhere - where a man is being questioned about his faith and his allegiances to Australia. As the questions get harder, the tactics suddenly change and the rules of engagement disappear. How far do you go to protect borders? A short sharp shock of a play with a warning from the interrogator…”You have no idea what’s coming, do you?”


Written and directed by Carl Caulfield

Featuring Michael Byrne, Khalil Khay, Ange McKeown, and Dez Robertson



Monday 26 AUGUST  7.30pm

NGKS (German) Movie Night

Alki Alki (2015)

Tobias and Flasche are childhood friends. However, their alcoholic friendship is doing more harm than good to Tobias, who realizes he should focus on his family and career. Director: Axel Ranisch, Drama/ Comedy

Monday 23 SEPTPEMBER  7.30pm

NGKS (German)  Movie Night

Zeit der Kannibalen/ Age of cannibals (2014)

German drama film directed by Johannes Naber. It tells the story of two business consultants who travel to impoverished and corrupt countries where they make shady business deals, never having to leave their hotels. 93 mins


Fri 4th, Sat 5th, Sun 6th, Wed 9th, Fri 11th, Sat 12th, Sun 13th, Fri 18th, Sat 19th Oct


"A fairy tale set in an Australia with it’s own Royal Family, Aristocracy and Princess of New South Wales called Deanna.

A send up comedy about an Australian twenty first century princess with her own Broadway song and dance show and what happened one night, during her show, that changed her heart and life forever.

Wed 16th Oct


Monique Clare (The Maes) is joined by American fiddler Joe D’Esposito (The Railsplitters) in a mesmerising collaboration that draws on their diverse influences. Dancing between rhythmic cello lines, powerfully vulnerable vocals and heart-tugging harmonies, Monique Clare is an award-winning cellist and singer-songwriter. Since breaking out as a solo artist in 2017, her songwriting has become increasingly daring and potent, with hard-hitting lyrics and an unconventional brand of classical-folk-pop cello. Joe D’Esposito is a multi-genre fiddle player and improviser with infectious charisma. His work with The Railsplitters has seen him play Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Celtic Connections. This duo brings together a shared classical training, obsession with fiddling traditions and a mutual love of Björk to deliver intricate arrangements of original songs and tunes


Sunday 20th Oct


CD launch

Monday 21 OCTOBER  7.30pm

NGKS (German)  Movie Night

Herbert (2015)

A former East German boxing champion working as a bouncer and debt collector reflects on life when he is diagnosed with a fatal disease. Director: Thomas Stuber. 109 min; Drama.

Sat 26th Oct




Sat 9th Nov



Fri 15th & Sat 16th Nov



Monday 25 NOVEMBER 7.30pm

NGKS (German)  Movie Night

4 Könige/ 4 Kings (2015)

Four troubled youths spend the Christmas holidays in an adolescent psychiatric unit under the care of a young psychiatrist. Director: Theresa von Eltz. 98 min; Drama.


 Fri 29th November




THE BARLEYSHAKES, with special guests The Kelly Family


Brewed in Ireland and distilled in Australia, the Barleyshakes are a Celtic band with world music influences who combine intense energy, beautiful harmony and driving dance rhythms in their live performances. Adored throughout Australia and beyond for their “bent” Irish sound, they are winners of the Queensland Music Award for World Music. Ever since their inception in the 90’s in Dublin, the Barleyshakes have been turning heads. Their mission, to inject new life into Irish music while honouring the tradition past, was to become a life-long adventure for each member. Their live shows have taken them around the globe and they continue to take audiences on a joy filled ride wherever they perform. The band use fiddles, flutes, tine whistle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, vocals, bass, bodhran, and drums to create their truly wonderful Celtic sound. They have shared the stage with Lunasa, Metallica, Kila, Joe Cocker, Sharon Shannon, Altan, and Grada, to name a few. After well over a decade together this ensemble know each other intensely and they communicate freely to create something fresh every time they perform. They release their 8th album entitled “Irishtown” at this year’s festival.

That the Barleyshakes manage to be at the forefront of traditional Irish music in Australia while breathing it new life is remarkable. Intense energy, beautiful harmony, and irresistible dance rhythms are what make them tick. Members contributed to the Lord of the Rings award winning soundtrack, they also won the Queensland Music Award for world music.

This year they release their 8th album “Irishtown”