7 Must catch shows in 2020
Caught between two cultures, Bennelong explores the story of one of history’s most iconic Aboriginal figures. Often distorted by myth and stereotypes, Woollarawarre Bennelong’s legacy is one that reverberates through contemporary life. With powerful dancing by Bangarra Dance Theatre, soul-stirring soundscapes and exquisite design, audiences will leave in awe of Australia’s history – and its power to repeat.
Homegrown dance company Catapult premieres four powerful and evocative new works from Australia’s finest contemporary choreographers. Under the curation of visionary choreographic artist, Cadi McCarthy, Mixed Bill promises an evening of bold, refreshing, original dance that is poetic, provocative, thoughtful, wild and joyous; contemporary dance at its best.
The Gospel According to Paul
Jonathan Biggins is Paul Keating – visionary, reformer and rabble-rouser. In this smash hit audiences get a comical, insightful and occasionally poignant portrait of Paul Keating, the man who - as he tells it – single-handedly shaped contemporary Australia. Showcasing his eviscerating wit, rich rhetoric and ego the size of Everest, The Gospel According to Paul, captures the former Prime Minister’s key biographical milestones, landmark political achievements and personal obsessions. It shows the man who grew up in the tribe of the Labor Party, gained an education at the knee of Jack Lang, treated economics as an artform and demanded we confront the wrongs of our colonial past.
The Wharf Revue 2020: Goodnight and Good Luck
It’s good night and good luck to the comedy juggernaut that’s kept the bastards honest since 2000. The bad news is, the planet’s on fire and our world leaders are barely qualified to run a chook raffle. And the good? The Wharf Revue has fake news, fake hair and real laughs in abundance. No one is safe and no topic too taboo in this night of sketches, songs and side-splitting satire. You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll want to move to New Zealand!
Adapted from the best-selling books by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, the 91-Storey Treehouse returns to Newcastle more fantastically dangerous than ever. There’s a deserted desert island, a whirlpool, a giant spider but Andy, Terry and Jill have no idea they’re about to face their biggest challenge yet! Mr Big Nose has sent his grandchildren to the Treehouse and they don’t want to just sit quietly. Can the trio master this extreme babysitting challenge? What does mysterious fortune teller ‘Madam Know-It-All’ really want? And will the Big Red Button really destroy the world?
Man with the Iron Neck
A powerful new work about finding hope and embracing life after grief, Man with The Iron Neck, deals with rising suicide rates among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. When Ash loses his best friend Bear to suicide, he starts to idolise Vaudevillian stuntman The Great Peters’ ability to jump from bridges with a rope around his neck and survive. Ultimately the fabled stuntman’s death proves to Ash the trick is just that - an impossible dream to follow, waking him from a haze of grief to find his own path to survival. Written by leading Australian actor Ursula Yovich and featuring Legs On The Wall’s awe-inspiring aerial wizardry, Man with The Iron Neck is a moving portrait of survival.
*This work contains adult themes that may be distressing to some audience members.
One Man Play
On the 40th anniversary of the untimely death of comic genius Peter Sellers, Newcastle’s Stray Dogs Theatre Company returns with Carl Caulfield’s one-man tour de force Being Sellers. Renowned for his ability to completely transform into his film roles, Seller’s talent came at a great personal cost. Caulfield's one-man play exploits the theatricality of Sellers' chameleon art to unmask the man through a gallery of his most memorable characters, including favourite voices from The Goons.
Did you know...
- Civic Theatre dates back to 1929 and features stunning Art Deco architecture. Although designed as a live theatre, it was leased immediately as a cinema, and used as such for almost 50 years.
- Civic Theatre is considered one of the finest theatre buildings in New South Wales designed by Henry Eli White, architect of Sydney's State and Capitol Theatres.
- The Light Rail stops right outside the Civic Theatre (at Civic Station) so leave the car at home.
- You can grab a bite to eat before your show at the ground floor cafe, Civic Digest.
- There is a grand ornamental dome in the ceiling. Don't forget to look up!
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