T: (02) 4929 4969 Dean Winter


Fri & Sat 5th 6th, 12th 13th, 19th 20th, 26th 27th Oct  8pm


Tickets $30, and available online HERE




Deanna The Musical

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

Deanna (Princess of New South Wales) The Musical is a send up of Australia’s own Royal Family. While it is the fairy story of how Dr Lady Deanna Spender becomes a twenty first century Princess, we go beyond “And they lived happily ever after……. “. Our story begins ten years after her marriage and Deanna’s wondering will she ever be Queen? Can being a Princess be enough for a woman of today? And is Prince Bruce all he promised to be?



 Wednesday 31st October 7pm $30


online tickets available HERE

The Apostle String Band Tour : Peter, Paul & Andrew gather a short history of the western world of music. Epic in their contributions to acoustic music in Australia and a few world parts, they are champions & high demand session players of their musical instruments and perform seamlessly reflecting their 30 years of association in harmony and song. Pete Fidler - Dobro (slide guitar) with new CD and recent remake of Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd(!); Paul Wookey - renown for his incredible Blues to early Country delivery including many 60s & 70s classics; Clermont's fiery Fiddle, Mandolin & Guitar. Plus James Gillard - Double Bass & Tenor Voice - not only member to the Oz Bluegrass All Stars in the 90s but also soaked in The Fargone Beauties, Mondo Rock & Richard Clapton Band!! A soaring presentation - not to be missed.


 Sat 3rd November
1940's USO song and dance show

online tickets available HERE


Get treated to a night of entertainment in the style the American troops did in the 1940s. Featuring dancers, singers, showgirls, circus acts and more Choreographed by international cabaret star, 1940s enthusiast and former Miss Pinup International and qualified and experienced dance teacher and professional this is a show not to be missed!

Be transported to your local dance hall filled with vintage beauties, champagne and the best entertainers of the day. Think The Andrew Sisters and Marilyn Monroe. Be prepared to head to the dance floor with the music of the lindy hop, the jitterbug, the East Coast Swing. Our 1940s dancers will move and tap their way to your heart while our vocalists take you back in time with their sweet vocal nostalgia.

Audience members are encouraged to dress in the USO theme and there will be a prize for best dressed on the evening!


 Friday 9th November 8pm $20


online tickets available HERE

 Mic Conway returns with local legend Robbie Long


 Sat 10th November


Fri 16th & Sat 17th November

Newcastle seems flush with festivals and cultural activities. But you can never get enough of a good thing so yet another festival makes its debut in Newcastle in November 2018. The Newcastle International Short Film Festival, or ‘the NISFF’ for short, brings short films from around the world, including from Spain, Latin America, South Korea, Mexico, Japan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Australia, to the screen of the Royal Exchange Hybrid Space in Bolton St Newcastle on 16 and 17 November this year. NISSF promises to bring the world to Newcastle and to take Newcastle to the world.


The Festival co-ordinator, actor and award winning short filmmaker, Mike Griffin, says “Newcastle is a city with a vibrant cultural life and the population of the Hunter Region is now bigger enough to host significant international events. Adelaide hosted one of the best Arts Festivals in the world when it had a population less than the Hunter Region currently has. It’s time Newcastle and the Hunter were recognised for the contributions they make, and can make, to Australian life. It’s time they were put on the ‘international map’’’.


Griffin says “we have deliberately tried to give the festival an international feel. We have also tried to make the festival accessible to filmmakers of all financial backgrounds so small budget independent productions are not disadvantaged and film-makers from developing countries are not excluded. We do not expect film-makers to submit their film for screening in an expensive digital cinema package format. We can download it, burn it to a DVD and screen it from the DVD. Consequently, NISFF audiences will see films that they will not see anywhere else because film-makers are not precluded by the limited technology and budgets available to them. We are interested in the films themselves and the film-makers imagination and experience not the technology a film-maker may have available. And we have numerous different categories ranging from animation, live action narrative, experimental and documentary films. We even have a specific category for Regional NSW filmmakers and we invite submissions of very short films of up to 3 mins, which can include films made on phones, through to longer shorts of up to 20 mins. The emphasis has been on accessibility and we have already received some terrific films in submission. In all, audiences will be treated to a magical night at the cinema with a diversity of voices being heard. Some are funny, some are clever, some are simply heartbreaking”.


NISFF 2018 is still accepting submissions via Festhome until 28 October 2018.


Ticket prices will be kept reasonable too. You can check out the NISFF’s Facebook, Twitter and website pages for further details or contact the festival at nisffest@gmail.com or the Royal Exchange in Bolton St Newcastle on (02) 4929 4969 for ticket enquiries and bookings.

 Fri 30th Nov 8pm $32


Australia’s most unique and innovative electric string quartet, FourPlay, have returned to the stage this year with two back to back singles with accompanying videos and stack of national tour dates to celebrate.


With a career stretching back to the mid 90’s, they have released 5 albums, toured the world, played the album Pet Sounds with Brian Wilson, appeared at three TEDx Sydney events, and collaborated with wildly popular best selling author Neil Gaiman, performing with him at venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York and The Barbican in London.

The first single release from earlier in the year - ‘Bound’ - is classic FourPlay, with a big dirty riff that pushes and pulls, urgent and soaring vocals, a deeply melodic chorus, and a crazed viola solo to push everything over the edge. View the video HERE

The second release
Wish’ is a haunting ballad about living in a climate-changed world. The song began life when the band was trapped behind rising floodwaters while enjoying the Bundanon Trust’s Artist-In-Residency program in the NSW Southern Highlands. Viola player Tim Hollo’s daughter called to make sure he was OK and, at one point, said to him “I wish that I’d been born before climate change was happening.” Tim, a long-time environmental activist and founder of Green Music Australia, said those words “hit me in the guts” and inspired this beautiful song.

View the video for the single ‘Wish’ HERE


Nothing short of magnificent” The Scotsman

Forget anything you ever thought about string quartets. This is the future” Drum Media

Just perfect… the rock band of string quartets” Neil Gaiman (author)


Sat 1st December



Thursday 20th December



Dancing between intricate, rhythmic cello lines, compelling lyrics and heart-tugging harmonies, Monique Clare is an award-winning, song-writing powerhouse. Onstage she’s described as “pure joy” to watch; offstage she’s hosted mountaintop sunrise concerts, taught cello in Afghanistan and travelled the world to dive deeply into folklore treasure troves.

Friday 28th December 8pm


We live in a world of screens. The average adult spends the majority of their waking hours in front of some sort of screen or device. We’re enthralled, we’re addicted to these machines. How did we get here? Who benefits? What are the cumulative impacts on people, society and the environment? What may come next if this culture is left unchecked, to its end trajectory, and is that what we want?

Stare Into The Lights My Pretties investigates these questions with an urge to return to the real physical world, to form a critical view of technological escalation driven by rapacious and pervasive corporate interest. Covering themes of addiction, privacy, surveillance, information manipulation, behaviour modification and social control, the film lays the foundations as to why we may feel like we’re sleeprunning into some dystopian nightmare with the machines at the helm. Because we are, if we don’t seriously avert our eyes to stop this culture from destroying what is left of the real world.