2NUR-FM’s Arts News
13th, 14th and 15th September, 2019
Theatre – DNA
A drama, with black humour, from Upstage Youth Theatre about the varied reactions of a group of teenagers to a fatal accident they have caused.
Theatre – Sorry To Cut You Off, Penny
Locally-written comedy/drama, set in Maitland, about the influence a televised Federal election has on four young females during a house-party.
Theatre – Bombshells
Six monologues, by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith, highlighting women who balance their lives with humour and cunning. The characters include a feisty teenager, a disillusioned bride-to-be, and a widow who yearns for the unexpected.
Theatre – Once On This Island
A one-act musical about a peasant girl in the Caribbean who uses the power of love to unite people of different social classes.
Theatre – Season’s Greetings
A dinner-theatre presentation of Alan Ayckbourn’s satirical comedy about a family Christmas celebration turning into mayhem for all concerned.
Theatre – The Next Step: Absolute Dance
A dance spectacular, based on the popular Canadian dance/drama TV series, about teenagers dealing with life as they train for strenuous dance competitions.
Theatre – Hair
A contemporary take on the classic musical of young adults yearning for change, freedom and peace in the late 1960s. Stars Hugh Sheridan (from TV’s Packed to the Rafters) and female vocalist Paulini.
Dance – Circa’s Peepshow
An acrobatic dance spectacular from the Circa Contemporary Circus Ensemble which takes an exhilarating ride into the beautifully bizarre recesses of the mind.
Dance – Let’s Dance!
The Newcastle Contemporary Dance Academy celebrates 32 years with Take Me to the Movies, featuring more than 250 young performers, more than 3000 costumes, and dance styles which include jazz, tap, classical and hip-hop.
Concert – Evening Stars
Musical-theatre performer Peter Cousens and flautist Jane Rutter deliver popular classical pieces and romantic songs by well-loved composers, including Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Franz Lehar, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein.
Concert – Gina Jeffreys
Country-music artist Gina Jeffreys with tracks from her new album, Beautiful Tangle, accompanied by her guitarist/singer husband Rod McCormack and singer/acoustic-guitarist Max Jackson.
Concert – Les Divas
An all-male impersonation revue, led by drag-queen Prada Clutch, which salutes the hit songs of several of the great divas, including Cher, Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner and Celine Dion.
Concert – The Glenn Miller Orchestra
A concert spectacular of 1940s hits from the world-famous orchestra, plus guest singers and the Broadway Swing Dancers. Includes Tuxedo Junction, A String of Pearls, In the Mood and Moonlight Serenade.
Concert – What Would I Do Without My Music?
A Springtime celebration with sacred music from the Newcastle Tudor Singers, organist Peter Guy and pianist Marcia Wall. Includes Sing Joyfully, If Music Be the Food of Love and How Can I Stop From Singing?
Concert – Jon Stevens
New Zealand-born rocker Jon Stevens salutes the hits of Noiseworks and INXS.
Concert – Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Live Stream
A live-streamed performance from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra of Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Enigma Variations, plus Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis. Features conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and cellist Andreas Brantelid.
Forthcoming Concert – A Farewell to Doris
Melinda Schneider and the Young At Heart Orchestra pay tribute to the classic hits of the late Doris Day.
Cinema – The Lebanese Film Festival (M)
Two films by Lebanese film-makers. Kairos is an Australian drama about a violent incident affecting the lives of a young man with Downs Syndrome and his ex-boxer boss. Good Morning is a Lebanese comedy about two elderly men who meet every morning at the same café to provide insight into everyday life.
Cinema – Palm Beach (M)
Australian comedy/drama about tensions arising when friends gather to celebrate a birthday. Stars Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Richard E. Grant and Greta Scacchi.
Cinema – Armstrong (G)
Harrison Ford narrates a documentary highlighting the extraordinary life of historic astronaut Neil Armstrong. Includes interviews and hitherto unseen footage.
Cinema – My Big Gay Italian Wedding (M)
An Italian (English-subtitled) comedy about a happily-engaged Antonio introducing his fiancé, Paulo, to his headstrong parents and revealing his sexuality. Stars Cristiano Caccamo and Salvatore Esposito.
Event – Stroud Campdraft and Rodeo
Annual campdraft (Friday) and rodeo (Saturday) attracting more than 800 competitors and featuring bull and bronco riding, bulldogging and barrel racing.
Event – Hudson’s Daredevil Circus
A traditional-style circus with world-class acts, including clowns, jugglers, acrobats and trapeze artists.
Event – Toranafest 2019
Annual fundraising celebration of the iconic Holden Torana with around 460 cars on display, trade stalls, food, an auction and special motoring guests.
Event – The Hunter Valley Polo Challenge
Exciting two-day polo matches featuring top players and more than 200 horses.
Event – The Hunter Valley Antiques Fair
A massive sale, including china, glass, sterling silver, coins, furniture and militaria.
Event – Springtime in the Gardens
A massive display of flowers and hanging baskets, plus an array of garden gnomes created by local schoolchildren. Also: entertainment, talks and guided walks.
Event – Holmesville Spring Fair
Cake stalls, plants, craft, a sausage sizzle, live music, free clothing repairs and tool sharpening, and a guest appearance by celebrity gardener John Le Messurier.
Event – The Hunter Record Fair
Thousands of rare, new and vintage records, CDs and music-DVDs for sale.
Event – Open Day: Hunter Valley Gemmology
The Hunter Valley Gemmology Club’s annual display and sale of jewellery and gemstones, plus club tours, food stalls and demonstrations of silverwork.
Event – The End2End Festival
Showcasing the Pokolbin area, with a hop-on/hop-off shuttle-bus moving between four venues which will offer food, wine, and respective musical tributes to ABBA, Pink, U2 and INXS.
Event – The Newcastle Racecourse Market
Fresh produce, gourmet food, and arts and crafts from local artisans.
Event – Spring Cruiz-In
A display of classic, vintage and veteran cars and motorbikes, plus a show-and-shine, trade and vehicle exhibits, and live rock-and-roll.
Event – The Kahibah Village Markets
Annual community fun day of market stalls, live music, kids’ activities, and a magic show from celebrated magician Joel Howlett.
Event – Awabakal Wildflower Walk
All welcome to join one of three easy, guided walks through the wildflowers of the coastal heath of the Awabakal Nature Reserve, with ecology information supplied.
Event – Open Day: Positive Birth Movement
Celebrating the launch of Novocastrian organisation Positive Birth Movement, which offers high-standard workshops, courses and events, as well as support from birth educators, health professionals and retired midwives.
Event – Harvest On the Harbour
Live music, food specials and tastings of Hunter Valley wines.
Event – Stockton Feast Fest
Food trucks, market stalls, live music, kids’ activities and tasting-plates.
Event – Wonders of the Human Body
British physician and science journalist Michael Mosley, from TV’s Trust Me: I’m A Doctor, with advice on keeping in shape and footage of his global adventures. Includes a Q&A session, in which Michael will answer submitted questions.
Exhibition – By the Good Grace
Vicki Hamilton’s ceramics highlight the love, hate and indifference shown towards domestic dogs throughout history.
Exhibition – Serving in Silence
Looks at Australian LGBTI military service since World War Two via documents, photos, and the life stories of current and former personnel.
Exhibition – Spy: Espionage in Australia
A national touring display highlighting the history of Australian security and intelligence from Federation to the present day. Includes spy equipment, candid interviews with ASIO officers, and the personal experiences of secret agents.
Exhibition – Industrial Landscapes
A photo display showing how the changing industrial landscape shaped and influenced the Lake Macquarie community.
Exhibition – The Kilgour Prize 2019
The ninth annual display of portrait and figurative painting by country-wide artists.
Exhibition – Earthquake: Then and Now and Again
Marks 30 years since the Newcastle earthquake with newspaper reports and photos of the day recalling the effects of the disaster on the city and its inhabitants.
Exhibition – Off the Canvas
A selection of newly-donated works painted between 1995 and 2011 by Sydney-born artist Robert Dickerson, plus 53 of his works from the Newcastle Art Gallery’s collection. Includes signature figurative works and scenes of Newcastle.
Exhibition – Time Traveller
A collection of journals and artist books by avid traveller Suzanne Archer, including reminiscences of her journeys through Europe, Africa, China and the US.
Exhibition – In the Light of the Day
Nola Tegel, an artist who works “en plein air”, or in the moment, with paintings of everyday life both locally and internationally.
Exhibition – The Myth of the Angry Wizards of Maitland
A world of wizardry, wonder and fairytales created through the art of puppetry.
Exhibition – A Poem For Maitland
Poems and new artworks from the members of the Maitland Region Society of Artists to celebrate their love of Maitland.