NTC: Quick Updates before the Christmas Break.


for one night only, that is, Monday 12 December at 7 pm, NTC members can see what member Carol Hong has done with her cast (mostly young people) these last few months. They’ve been rehearsing The Toymaker, and performing it for school-aged children. The show goes for approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 for members and children, a $10 for adults. Member Phil Haywood, who has worked tirelessly backstage (lights, set-building, working bees and more) in 2016 is on stage for this one.


Raffle winners:

The most recent winners in order were: Green A 004, Lorraine Edwards; Grey I 60, Raeline Jones; and Grey I 47, Lyn Vale.

[My apologies if I have misinterpreted the spelling of any of the hand-written names.]


2017 Membership – still only $30!

It’s that time again already. To be a financial member at NTC for 2017 please ensure that you pay your renewal ASAP. The 2016 membership expires on 31 December, which isn’t far away. Remember, only financial members can vote at the AGM or be nominated for Committee.

There are currently several ways to pay your $30.

  1. Cash, cheque or EFTPOS payments can be made at the Theatre.
  2. Cheques can be posted to:

Membership Secretary, NTC, 90 De Vitre St, Lambton, NSW, 2299.

      3.  EFTPOS payments can be made over the phone during office hours on: 4952 4958

Note: Payment by credit card over the phone attracts a 90c fee.

  1. Or you can pay directly into our *Bank Account:

Newcastle Permanent Building Society

BSB:  650 000

Acc No:  9817 496 08

Description: Your name & M’ship Fee


The Theatre Manager’s office hours are Mon-Fri, 3-6pm.

*Please advise our Membership Secretary if you have paid by Direct Deposit by emailing (ntcmembership@gmail.com).We need to know the date so our Treasurer can balance the books accurately. Thank you.


Best wishes for this holiday season aka Christmas

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, we wish you all the best and hope to meet up with you at the theatre in some capacity in 2017.

Cheers, Debra

On behalf of the serving Committee


2017 Season Launch

Next year will be NTC’s 60th anniversary!

What exciting plays will be offered for this season? Last year we not only launched a terrific season; we also launched a whole new look.

theater       director       eyes-looking

All will be revealed this coming Wednesday, 16 November from 6 pm.

Audience members will get the opportunity to book their season passes early.

Actors can start thinking about audition possibilities. And the creative team members who work behind the scenes can feed their creative synaptic urges.

Festive Spirit Poster

Festive Spirit Poster

Don’t forget our final play for this year Festive Spirits written by our own Sally Davies opens this week: 19 November and ends on 3 December.

The cast of Festive Spirits

The cast of Festive Spirits

NTC members should have received an email about our Christmas Celebration on Wednesday 7 December. Looking forward to catching up with you at any of these coming events.

Season’s Greetings – Ayckbourn’s ‘Perfect’ Christmas

Here is Mr Ayckbournʼs recipe for the ʻperfectʼ family Christmas. Ingredients:

untitled>Take three dysfunctional married couples, (two with five children between them! who are present in the house but never seen or heard). Neville and Belinda, Eddie and Pattie and Bernard and Phyllis (who really enjoys a drink).

Add a young, attractive, charismatic novelist, Clive, invited by the virginal, spinster sister of Belinda, Nevilleʼs wife.

Combine with an unbelievably inappropriate, bigoted, emotionally violent, racist ʻuncleʼ, who watches TV throughout Christmas……Uncle Harvey.

Include Belindaʼs less than fulfilled sister……Rachel, and copious amounts of ʻChristmas cheerʼ.

Method: Combine all the ingredients, allow them to come together and form a potentially catastrophic explosive mixture……….gradually all the adults will revert to childlike behaviour.

This is a play about a family Christmas you want to hope you would hope to never have but you can never be quite certain…..can you?

The jokes are continuous as these exquisitely drawn middle class English characters reveal their worst traits. The laughter is so infectious you have to be careful not to miss something!

Under the tree you’ll find a fine cast of NTC actors, with a number of delightful and experienced fresh faces, directed by Brian Randell. Decorations in a setting designed and built by Matthew Lockyer. Donʼt miss this wonderful play which will put you in a fabulous mood for Christmas.

Christmas party bookings attract very favourable ticket prices depending on the numbers.

Cast: Peter Murray, Tracey Ebbetts, Sandra Monk, Michael Smythe, Patrick Campbell, Heidi Bush, Ben Martin, Pearl Nunn and Alex Jacobs.

As Samuel Becket bleakly observed…….”nothing is as funny as other peopleʼs unhappiness”.

The Newcastle Theatre Company season runs from Saturday December 6th to 20th.

Matinees: Sunday December 7th and Saturday 13th at 2.00 p.m.
Details of performance days and times and BOOKINGS! from the NTC Box Office (phone 4952 4958….Monday to Friday 3-6 p.m.)

Online booking also encouraged