T: (02) 4929 4969 Dean Winter


 Sun 27th May 6pm $15 adults $10 children


Back by popular demand!

Following a near sell-out season at the 2018 Newcastle Fringe, by popular demand an encore performance has been scheduled of the award-winning “Clark’s Nerdy Science Show”.

Featuring a riveting plotline linking famous and eccentric boffins throughout history, there will be something for every nerd.

The performance of course includes a slide show, original songs, a proof, the usual thing. It will also include an extended demonstration of Leon Theremin’s amazing instrument.

Suitable for nerds of all ages


Mon 28th May 7.30pm


 Saturday 2nd June 8pm


online tickets available HERE


"Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!" Bram Stoker.

A Dark Burlesk Cabaret Show featuring dance, burlesque, sideshow, bellydance and more by local and guest performers including:









and a haunting beautiful performance by THE PORCELAIN DOLLS.

This show is strictly 18 and over only. The show is performed within a feminist framework and any inappropriate behaviour towards performers will result in immediate venue ejection.

Doors open 7pm. The darkness begins 8pm.

Thurs 7th, Fri 8th, Sat 9th @ 8pm and Sun 10th June @ 2pm $20


online tickets available HERE

A 1937 Jazz Cabaret Radio Play in Two Acts

By David Baker and Chris Gill


Despite numerous unsolicited requests, (many of which were physiologically impossible), this vintage 1937 spy/adventure cabaret titled, Tramp Steamer Tramp, has been revived by its two times CONDA (City of Newcastle Drama Award) winning production team. Last performed to rapturous applause in 2013, this production of Tramp Steamer Tramp is an hilarious 90 minute radio play jazz cabaret, a riotous assemblage of clichés from 1930’s and 40’s B grade romantic adventure, film noir and road movies, viewed through a Marx Brothers and Spike Milliganesque lens, and set in exotic locations. Tramp Steamer Tramp is inhabited by a variety of eccentric characters in conflict, punctuated with rapid one liner insults where no character is spared. The theatre becomes a 1937 radio play theatrette where a radio play set on board a dilapidated Tramp Steamer called The Shanghai Princess, is performed.


Despite its comedic emphasis, some foggy parallels may be drawn with contemporary events including the aftermath of the World Financial Crisis, the plight of the dispossessed who attempt to escape in leaky boats, and major powers flexing their muscles in the South China Sea.


The music consists mainly of vintage jazz from 1910 to late 1930’s swing. All the tunes, including authentic original lyrics, are played by The Smokin’ Chops Jazz Quartet with their usual vitality. The Quartet consists of Manny Serrano on trumpet and flute, Marcus Holdsworth on double bass, sousaphone and trombone, Chris Gill on saxophones, clarinet and percussion, and David Baker on guitar and banjo. The musicians play all the male characters in the cabaret. Chris Gill, in particular, risking multiple personality disorder by playing four different characters with four different accents.


Our special guest playing the part of Camille Crevette, a mysterious French spy, and Martin, the Cabin Boy, is the amazing musician and singer, Su Morley (on violin, accordion, ukulele, and tap dancing).


Some Recent Critiques

....more devastating to S.E. Asia than the Asian Tsunami! - News of the World.

South East Asia may have survived the World Financial Crisis, but it will never survive Tramp Steamer Tramp! – Swansea Bugle.

At last an amazing musical entertainment tells the truth about drug trafficking in S.E.Asia!-Lance Armstrong.



Mon 18th June

Refugee Week Book Launch

The Book is called "The Strong Sunflower"
Probably some readings from the short poem, with a background of the 10 images that accompany it, and also a segment where 10 poets will read 10 poems (tis a thing the Writing Through Fences organisation does).
It will also double as a launch for Refugee Week, with the plethora of govt & NGO services invited to attend and display info about their work.

Saturday 30th June 8pm


Nerds & Music CD launch


Sunday 1st July 4pm $20


online tickets available HERE

MAUREEN O’BRIEN & STEVI CANNON return for their annual comedy outing as the irrepressible DRENCH & LAUNDERS

Not to be confused with those outstanding British Comediennes Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders nor their long-running tv show French & Saunders , our local lady jesters are no amateurs when it comes to amateur theatre! The duo have been performing together in a variety of productions – written and produced by O’Brien – for the past decade.

Audiences can expect their comedy serving to be tasty with a hint of spice; zesty with a sting in the tail; often spontaneous; never bland; with subtle undertones and quirky overtones. No alcohol is used in the preparation. Mostly. The Annual Outing combines comedic sketches and songs with a splash of video. This year’s Outing includes a couple of surprise guests. [No, sorry, Dawn and Jen couldn’t make it this year!]

Stevi Cannon has been involved in theatre since her childhood and has appeared on stage and in film in countless productions and character. Most recently, Newcastle audiences would have seen her in The Wireless Chronicles [Series 1&2] and in Ladies Who Almost Lunch. When she’s not wowing audiences as an actress, she is also a serious artist, a sometimes vocalist, and teaches music.

Maureen O’Brien has been writing, directing and producing mainstream and fringe theatre for nearly 2 decades. She’s also an award winning songwriter, professional singer/musician, and recording artist with some 7 albums to her credit, an 8th in progress, and a number of singles. Don’t expect to see her working the local pubs and clubs tho’ – she’s a polished, seasoned performer and prefers a discerning, listening audience – so Concert and Dinner-show format is her medium.

Sun 22nd July 4pm $25


Multi-instrumentalists Mal Webb & Andrew Clermont have toured across Australasia & Europe for 20 years as Totally Gourdgeous with pumpkin power instruments (Gourds of course) bringing all walks of music into collision in stunning ways. Now they refine into Totally Gourdacious!
Webb has recently returned from Switzerland and his TedX talk
"The Best Synthetizer is ... the Human Voice"!!

He is also regularly touring with multi-talented Kylie Morrigan turning classical upside down.
Presenting an adventure of unpredictable topical songs and amazing dexterity - a bit like James Morrison meets Yehudi Menuhin!
Clermont & Webb are also know for starting with bird calls and ending in hiphop - anything is possible & likely from these directors of the massive Woodford Fire Event orchestra/ Golden Fiddle Awards/ Lano & Woodley/ National Bluegrass Guitar Champ 3 times.... it just keeps twisting - don't missout!

Exploring Clermont Music on YouTube!

Sat 11th August


Online tickets available HERE 

Stand Up Comedian and Humour Coach Mandy Nolan delivers a fun and highly interactive workshop that sees participants perform their own stand up comedy routine LIVE on Sunday night August 12th!
Nolan has over 20 years experience teaching comics, with success stories like Hannah Gadsby!
9am - 5pm Morning Tea and Lunch provided
Maximum 10 participants


Sun 12th August


Online tickets available HERE



Sat 18th August doors open 7pm for 8pm start $15


"Newcastle Flame: an evening of storytelling.

Newcastle Flame is a brand new event for those passionate about the art of storytelling. Join us for an intimate evening of adventure, replete with true tales of life changing excitement from a tantalising variety of storytellers.

If true stories are your game, then attend the Newcastle Flame.

You’ll hear things you won’t believe, you’ll hear things to make you giggle, the Newcastle Flame burns bright on Saturday the 18th of August. Doors open at 7pm, and the stories begin at 8pm."

Fri 28th to Sun 30th Sept


check their website for details


Fri & Sat 5th 6th, 12th 13th, 19th 20th, 26th 27th Oct 





Deanna The Musical

The new comedy musical that sends up Australia’s very own Royal Family.

A fairy story about Doctor Lady Deanna Spender who, in marrying The Crown Prince of New South Wales - Prince Bruce - becomes Deanna, Princess of New South Wales. Ten years have passed since then. Prince Bruce’s Mum, The Queen still hasn’t fallen off the twig and Princess Deanna is wondering: Can being a princess be a career path for a women of today realistically? Is Bruce all she thought he could be? And where does she want to be?

Join Deanna and The Royal Family as they tell her story of a funny, extraordinary night that changed the life of no ordinary princess - forever.




Week commencing Mon 12th November



The Newcastle International Short Film Festival is a relatively new festival that accepts short film and short screenplay submissions in various genres including Dramas and Live Action Narrative Films, Animation, Documentaries, Experimental and Comedy Shorts. Submissions are welcome in a variety of categories including international and Australian Super Short Smart Phone Films (up to 3 minutes in length), Short Shorts (up to 10 minutes in length) and Shorts (up to 20 mins in length). There are also special discount categories for film-makers from regional NSW. Submissions to the festival are initially by online screener via Film Freeway with selected finalists to provide a DVD for public screening. Judges are experienced and professional performing arts and film practitioners and select members of the public. A public screening of the finalists will take place over a few days in November at the Royal Exchange Hybrid Performing Arts and Cinema complex in Bolton St Newcastle. Winners in each category will be issued with laurels and certificates and have an option of being featured in a 'Best Of The Film Festival' screening at the International Newcastle Fringe Festival the following year. The overall winner will be awarded Best Short Film at the festival. We welcome submissions and attendances at the festival in the vibrant city of Newcastle at this great time of the year.


Submissions from film makers are open from Mid May. Contact at nisffest@gmail.com with any enquiries or contact us via Facebook and Twitter.