Season 2016 has been unveiled at Newcastle’s historic Civic Theatre, with a hand-picked selection of live performances chosen to inspire, entertain, challenge and amaze.
Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes welcomed subscribers and special guests to the season launch, which unveiled next year’s 16-show program and included a special live performance of the visually stunning physical theatre work Encoded by Stalker Theatre which will open in August.
“Like many Novocastrians, I have had the privilege of growing up seeing a great variety of entertaining and inspiring plays, concerts and performances in our beautiful Civic and Playhouse Theatres over many years,” said the Lord Mayor.
“We are fortunate to be the home of one of Australia’s great historic theatres that is a real drawcard for national and international touring shows, but also a showcase for the strong diverse works of our local performing arts organisations. Season 2016 includes both national and local productions, contributing to a vibrant and healthy cultural life in our city.”
Newcastle City Council’s Cultural Director, Liz Burcham, encouraged Newcastle theatre lovers to embrace the diversity the Season has to offer.
“There is so much to choose from,” she said. “Be bold and see something different!”
“Season 2016 kicks off in February with a powerful live performance in the stunning grounds of Fort Scratchley. Dust of Uruzgan was born from the writer’s personal experience in war-torn Afghanistan and combines music and story-telling to powerful effect. It is a truly unforgettable night out for those who want a glimpse of Afghanistan beyond the headlines.”
“April will bring the Ensemble Theatre production of Jack of Hearts a new comedy drama by the master of social satire Australian playwright David Williamson. The Sydney Morning Herald dubbed this new work that features the much-loved Chaser Boys ‘… keenly observant and satirical.'”
In July, The Wharf Revue brings to town its parade of past and present indignitaries — a who’s who of 21st century embarrassments — and its particular brand of satirical silliness and musical mayhem. As they have done for the last 15 years, the Revue will mercilessly mock all the usual suspects.”
“Queensland Theatre Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre will present Country Song at the end of July. This fictionalised story inspired by the life of Jimmy Little is a witty, warm journey into Australia’s recent past featuring music from renowned Indigenous entertainers. The multi-talented cast of six actors/musicians also doubles as the toe-tapping band.”
“The Season wraps up in September with long-time Newcastle favourite Bell Shakespeare’s production of Othello. Be swept up in this violent exploration of the thin line that separates love and jealousy and the complex contradictory nature of humanity.”
“Season 2016 also supports and showcases our amazing local theatre talent with works by two local playwrights performed in the Playhouse: Tantrum Youth Arts’ presents Trailer by Vanessa Bates and Stooged Theatre presents Blood Bank by Christopher Harley.”
“Our children’s performances represent a wonderful opportunity to engage and enthral young audiences with the magic of theatre. In 2016 all three shows are based on well-known children’s books including The Peasant Prince the precursor of Li Cuxin’s autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer. This is a special story of courage and resilience, appropriate for the whole family.
“Newcastle has a terrifically vibrant and dynamic live performance culture due in large part to the support and loyalty of our valued subscribers and sponsors. This evening’s launch function is an opportunity to thank them for their commitment to keeping live theatre alive and strong in our city,” added Burcham.
Head to the Season 2016 website for more information