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The Gift of Pure Entertainment


If you’re still searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, look no further than the line up on offer in the Civic Precinct. Whether mum leans towards political satire, contemporary dance, or she just loves a good laugh, we’ve got you covered. And if mum’s gift is already sorted, perhaps it’s time to treat yourself with one of these gems!

 

Don’t miss one of Newcastle’s favourite sons, Jonathan Biggins, in his smash hit tribute: The Gospel According to Paul. In Jonathan’s own words, Paul Keating was the Bankstown boy who soon realised “in political life, it’s better to be needed than loved. A razor-sharp wit who could destroy opponents with words alone, a romantic and a melancholic who bestrode the public stage yet remained intensely private. I can’t think of a more entertaining or significant figure in recent Australian history with whom to spend an evening.” This show is all iceberg, no tip and Newcastle audiences are in for an extra treat with Biggins hosting a Q&A after the show.


All killer, no filler!

It’s a longstanding tradition for Novocastrians to celebrate the Queen’s birthday by laughing at Melbournians. This year will be no different, as the fabulous Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow rolls into town for two chuckle fest sessions over the June long weekend. Featuring the hottest acts direct from the Festival, including Australian stars, talented newcomers and special guest international performers, you’re in for a jampacked night of belly laughs!


Serving up a sensational night out

The Banquet Room in City Hall is about to take on a whole new persona, as the Civic Comedy Club. The team who brought us the sold-out shows which dragged Newcastle out of its Iso Blues is returning with all-new line-ups this June and July. In a homage to the fabulous New York comedy cellars, they’ll be dishing up brilliant comedians, food and drinks in equal measures. Make your way down the back laneway (Christie Street), knock on the big green door and gain entry to the hottest and funniest new comedy venue in town!


Celebrating Impermanence

Sydney Dance Company’s latest offering is a visual and auditory feast for musicians and dancers alike. With a stunning score by Bryce Dessner from US rockers “The National”, performed live on stage by the Australian String Quartet, Rafael Bonachela’s Impermanence is full of emotional power. Described by Limelight as a “hypnotically beautiful work”, don’t miss this epic, driven performance.


Dine & Discover

Use your “Dine & Discover” vouchers for a bargain night out. “Dine” vouchers can be redeemed at the Civic Digest for a pre-show meal, and use a “Discover” voucher to take $25 off your ticket price at any of our Covid-safe venues: Civic Theatre, Playhouse or City Hall. See the Service NSW website for more details and to register for your vouchers.


DON'T MISS

The Gospel According to Paul, Civic Theatre, 6 May, 7.30pm

Sydney Dance Company’s Impermanence, Civic Theatre, 9 June, 7.30pm

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, 11 & 12 June, 8pm

Civic Comedy Club, Newcastle City Hall, 25 June & 23 July, 8pm

Opera Australia presents Bizet’s Carmen, Civic Theatre, 6 July, 7.30pm


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