Newcastle Fringe: a Festival of Fun, Creativity & Performances

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Dubbed the biggest little fringe in Australia, Newcastle Fringe Festival is an edgy, diverse, inspirational and super creative festival that showcases a smorgasbord of performing arts from March 17 to 27, 2022. With comedy, theatre, children’s theatre, music, dance, cabaret and circus there is something for everyone.

Below are Fringe theatre shows which are suitable for kids, teens and young adults. Shows run at various locations and have different admission price for adults and kids.

Basketball Man Can Fly

For years Basketball Man has been a world-renowned Basketball Freestyler but now he’s out to prove he’s a real superhero. Witness the best basketball tricks you’ve never seen as Basketball Man. Watch him as he spins, dribbles, juggles, and performs stunts in this crime-fighting, family-friendly circus show on March 26 and 27. Rated All Ages.

Catherine Britt – Home Truths

The internationally successful, multi-award-winning singer/songwriter, Catherine Britt takes to her hometown stage to showcase her new album Home Truths and perform a whole swag of her biggest hits. It’s the singer and the song that makes for truly distinctive and enduring artists – lots of great songs and some mighty fine singing. Catherine Britt has a voice that instantly gets your attention … but unlike others, it is the craftsmanship of this singer/songwriter who unashamedly boasts a worthy story to tell that truly keeps her audience enthralled. Rated PG.

Come for Tea!

Come for Tea! A collection of real-life experiences and funny misunderstandings and situations one can experience when not familiar with slang, new culture, food experiences, and sayings that one never learns when studying English at school. This comedy show will make you smile, giggle and laugh out loud about everyday situations. Rated PG.

Failure to Launch

They perform funny songs and award-winning poetry but can they finally get their books off the ground? Robert Edmonds is a prize-winning poet and performer but Gravity Doesn’t Work is his first collection. Clark Gormley is a Writer/Singer/Comedian who’s written three albums worth of songs for Nerds & Music but his poetry collection Not What You Think deserves a bigger audience. See the show that won best comedy at 2021 Dubbo Fringe.  Receive two free books with your ticket! Learn how to fail from the experts! Rated PG.

Georgina Winchester – Piano from Gresford

Piano From Gresford is a cross multi-disciplinary performance incorporating symphonic music, story-telling and theatre. The piece of music was written and produced by 24-year-old local musician and founder of Purple Top Records, Georgie Winchester, who has gathered only the most experienced and best young musicians in Newcastle to accompany her undulating piano composition. In collaboration with young writer Angus Sharpe who is studying creative writing at the University of Newcastle, some of the most unique and poetic tales have been written and are narrated throughout the show creating an interdisciplinary edge to the performance. To tie the performance together, two local dancers embellish the music and Sharpe’s stories onstage through use of costume, body movement, light and dance. Don’t miss this beautiful locally produced show. Rated PG.

Jacinta Gregory – My Intervention

You all waited far too long to do this, so Jacinta has taken matters into her own hands, and decided to throw her own intervention. Snacks, refreshments and a space to air grievances will be available for all to enjoy! A blend of comedy and cabaret featuring original songs, ‘My Intervention’ is the story of a person so isolated and desperate for company that they make a space where people are forced to attend. Hilarious, raw, and gut-punchingly honest, My Intervention is a show you won’t want to miss. Rated PG.

Light It Up

The time has come to turn your heart into a temple of fire. Come join us in a celebration of the art of fire manipulation, whether you call it fire spinning, dancing or twirling this mesmerising art form is appealing to audiences of all ages.   Fire transforms everything it encounters, allowing us to change our food, make tools, keep safe,  stay warm & make ceremony. Watch dangerous acts of fiery splendor as our fire artisans fan the flames in what is both a spectacle of courage & skill as well as a transformative experience. Rated PG.

Newcastle Chamber Choir

Award-winning Newcastle Chamber Choir is delighted to return to the stage, delivering a mix of traditional and contemporary choral delights for our beloved local fans. Newcastle Chamber Choir, Australasian Choral Champions at the Sydney Eisteddfod in 2019 and 2021, are dedicated to performing choral music to the highest standard in Australia and internationally. Performing works by Grandage, Praetorius, McCall, Stopford, Byrd, Gjeilo and more, it will be a show to remember. Rated PG.

Sydney The Folk Musical

This extravaganza, spanning 10,000 years and 658 suburbs, featuring a live folk band and a Greek chorus, will be performed by a cast full of Morris dancers (from Sydney of course) and filled with songs penned by Clark Gormley. Rated PG.

For more information, visit the Newcastle Fringe Festival website or download their program guide.

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