2017 Season – Launched

With the set of Festive Season* in the background, (although largely hidden by a huge screen) our host, Richard Murray was the emcee of another successful season launch.

Stewart & Richard check projections prior to the start. Is Richard then playing with his shadow?

A total of 8 shows were revealed – here is the quick overview.


Stewart McGowan, current President on NTC was proud to welcome everyone and remind us all that 2017 sees the 60th Anniversary of our theatre company.


After that, directors began introducing their plays. First up was Julie Black who is directing Picnic by William Inge.


Adelle Richards was very proud to speak a little about the musical Blood Brothers by Willy Russell. We were then well and truly entertained by the singing of Wendy Ratcliffe who gave us a taste of the show, she was ably accompanied by a talented young woman whose name I sadly missed, but I did take her photo as you can see.


Drew Pittman & Amanda Woolford are co-directing the zany comedy A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody by Ron Bernas.


Then it was my turn to promote The Sea by Edward Bond. Thanks to Stewart who took the photos while I was on stage.


We then had a slide show interlude, recalling via very old, old, slightly old and then newer photos from NTC’s productions over the years. Some memories went back further than others in this short but slightly emotional tribute. The audience certainly enjoyed the reminders.

Pearl Nunn is directing Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. Her delivery in an American accent may have fooled a newcomer into believing she is an American, but that is not so.


Richard then had the joyful task of introducing the next director, Richard Murray who will be directing Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare. He was beside himself.


Fran Hodgson took to the stage next to introduce us all to Noel Coward’s Relative Values.


Finally, ex-President and veteran member, Leslie Wiles shared her passion and vision for her choice, Talking Heads by Alan Bennett.


Did you find your face among the audience in the random photos I took?


Those wishing to purchase Season Tickets are spoilt for choice. They can choose to see all 8 shows, or 7 or 6 depending upon their needs and availability.


Further information is available at the theatre (90 de Vitre St, Lambton), our website (newcastletheatrecompany.com.au) and even on our Facebook page. The theatre office is open 3-6 weekdays, so pop in or you can always ring (02 4952 4958) and leave a message outside those times.

*Festive Season only has a handful of shows left – don’t miss it. Audiences who have seen the show have nothing but praise (when they stop laughing) for this comedy by member Sally Davies. The remaining shows and times are as follows:

Friday 25 November 8 pm

Saturday 26 November 2 pm (no evening show due to CONDAs)

Sunday 27 November 2 pm

Wednesday 30 November 8 pm

Friday 2 December 8 pm

Saturday 3 December 8 pm


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