What’s On In Newcastle? Rockabilly, The Delta Riggs & Plenty Of School Holiday Activities


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We’ve got some great events for you this week in Newcastle! For the young ones on school holidays or for the slightly older who wish they were… Plenty of gigs, plays and activities to keep everyone amused.

Thursday 26th September

The BFG @ Civic Playhouse 

Hunter Region Drama School presents: Roald Dahl’s THE BFG.

Adapted by: David Wood

Director: Daniel Stoddart

Composer: Jenna Gill

Design: Marion Giles

A family adventure of gigantic proportions.

Following last year’s disgustingly delightful smash hit production of The Twits comes Hunter Region Drama School’s next instalment in the Dahl series.

Join Sophie the little orphan girl and the 24-feet-high Big Friendly Giant on their wild and wonderful adventure to save the children of the world from being gobbled up by Fleshlumpeater, Bloodbottler, Bonecruncher and the meanest horde of giants ever known.

Once again Dahl’s unique vision, humour and delightful use of nonsense language blend modern-day realism with a fantastical world, captured superbly in this stage adaptation through puppetry, lighting, colour and shadow screens.

Dahl’s well loved children’s classic of huge spirit promises to awaken the little hero within us all.

“This show will thrill the kids without boring the adults. I’d be bogswinkled if I didn’t admit it is quite scrumdiddlyumptious.” Bristol Evening Post

“The chiddlers in the audience seemed genuinely enthralled – and it certainly makes a change from the telebunkum box”. Financial Times

“Whizzpopping wonderful!” Croydon Advertiser

Performances (Playhouse Theatre)

Wed 25 Sept 2pm
Thu 26 Sept 11am & 2pm

Fri 27 Sept 11am, 2pm, 6.30pm

Saturday 28 Sept 2pm & 6:30pm

Friday 27th September

Play School Live in Concert @ Newcastle Panthers Club 

“Humpty’s Showtime”

There’s a bear in there! Yes, Play School is coming to Newcastle. Humpty and his friends Jemima, Big Ted, Little Ted and Meeka will have starring roles.

Friday 27 September & Saturday 28 September

Show times for both dates:

Show 1: Doors open 9.30am Show time 10.00am

Show 2: Doors open 11.00am Show time 11.30am

Show 3: Doors open 12.30pm Show time 1.00pm

Show 4: Doors open 2.00pm Show time 2.30pm

Show duration 40 minutes (no interval)

No allocated seating. There will be scattered seating around the room, but this seating can not be reserved nor will it be guaranteed

General Admission $16.50 + $2.50 bf

Adults and Children at GA prices

Ph 49266200

Presale tickets on sale NOW through Kids Promotions:

Online Presale $16.50 each + $6.60 bf per transaction

Phone 1300 788 028

Babies under 12 months at time of concert are free

Saturday 28th September

Rockabilly Riot @ The Wickham Park Hotel 

The Wickham Park Hotel’s monthly Rockabilly Riot is on again.

With local Rockabilly icons Pat Capocci, Dave Rumbler & the Matadors, Two Timin’ Playboys being joined by Melbourne’s Coral Lee & the Silver Scream and Canberra’s Little Mac & the Monster Men September’s Riot is set to be one of the biggest yet.

It will mark the first time the Monster Men have come to Newcastle.


Little Mac & The Monster Men first stomped a stage together in November 2011. Since then they’ve played at plenty of pubs, as well as car shows, charity events, vintage themed parties, swing and rockabilly dance nights, burlesque shows and kustom kulture events and festivcals including Garterbelts and Gasoline, Dolls n Shine, The Psychobilly Freakout and Punk and Beyond.

The band often feature on local radio and have had great reviews in the BMA “…there was the impression these guys and gal were true believers. Lead singer Susan ‘Little Mac’ Mackell had great stage presence”.

With a mutual interest in rockabilly music and various other musical styles such as surf, punk, garage, blues, psychobilly and jazz crossing paths between band members, there’s been no shortage of inspiration. LMMM are focusing on original material but also enjoy playing covers with their own monster twist.

The band is made up of The Big A Monster, Alex Plegt on git-aaaargh! Up in Flames James Newhouse on double bass neck and strings Nutbag Nathan Danks on sticks, pedals and skins Susan ‘Little Mac’ Mackell on vocal chords and ankle breakin’ heels


Also featuring:

Pat Capocci

Little Mac & the Monster Men

Dave Rumbler & the Matadors

Two Timmin’ Playboys

Coral Lee & the Silver Scream


Entry is Free. Music starts 1pm

Delta Riggs @ The Small Ballroom

As Melbourne rockers THE DELTA RIGGS prepare to embark on their forthcoming AMERICA TOUR, a jaunt that gives them a chance to extensively display their wares to the east coast, they’re happy to announce some additional shows in Wollongong and Bondi by popular demand.

The band’s live show is one of the most talked about of its level in the country, and with sets at the likes of BIGSOUND and with Spotify recording them live at The Toff, this is sure to raise that reputation even further.

Prior to the tour kicking off in a few weeks the lads will also make a special appearance in Sydney next Wednesday, August 28 at The Rolling Stone Live Lodge before The America Single Tour traverses the east coast in September/October. The addition of THE WALKING WHO will see the meeting of two blistering live bands that will undoubtedly become one of the most talked about emerging and electric pairings this year. Opening slots will come from local openers THE MOUNTAINS (all NSW Shows except Bondi & Thredbo), LITTLE ODESSA (all QLD Shows except Bigsound) and PALACE OF THE KING (all VIC Shows).

Sunday 29th September

The Axis of Awesome @ Wests New Lambton

The Axis of Awesome are The World’s Most Awesomest Comedy Band. In the incredible time that they have been together, they have done literally so much stuff. They have blown audiences away across Australia and around the world with their mixture of original comedy songs and pop parodies and will be doing the same at WESTS NEW LAMBTON, Sunday 29 September, 2013.

Their Four Chord Song is one of the highest rated comedy video of all time on YouTube, and has received over 20 million hits. They have made TV appearances in Australia, the UK and Sweden and their albums “Scissors, Paper, ROCK!” and “Infinity Rock Explosion” and DVD “The Axis of Awesome Live” are hits with audiences worldwide. They recently picked up the Time Out Award for Best Australian Act at the Sydney Comedy Festival, and they are also recipients of the prestigious Moosehead Award for their first ever Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, “The Axis of Awesome Comeback Spectacular”. Their most recent show “Songs in the Key of Awesome” had it’s Australian premiere at The Sydney Opera house. The Axis of Awesome are currently touring the United States. They leave men laughing and women gasping (and also laughing), and before long you’ll be laughing and/or gasping, depending on your gender.

Travel & Cruise Expo @ The Newcastle Entertainment Centre

Visit for Free and enter competition for a chance to win a free trip!!

Great holiday specials with plus exclusive expo offers available on the day. Jumping castle for the children, 30 holiday suppliers and much more!!

Where? Newcastle Showground Exhibition Centre

When? 10am - 3pm.

Tuesday 1st October

Swan Lake & THe Nut Cracker & Civic Theatre

The Russian National Ballet Theatre The theatre was founded with support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The basis for the creation of the theatre was necessity of promising young theatre with high creative potential, both classical and contemporary.

The aim and objective serves the motto: “The talent and dedication to service to art”. Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is located on a creative upswing. Among the new productions are plays of the classical repertory: “Swan Lake”, “Nutcracker”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Don Quixote”, “Giselle”, “Romeo and Juliet”, a gala concert, as well as contemporary ballets to music by Mozart, Bach, Ravel and other composers. The troupe consists of more than fifty ballet dancers.

Artistic director of the theatre is honoured artist of Russia Evgeny Amosov. The coach of the company is Evgenya Rytova. The basic principle of the theatre is to preserve the creative heritage of the great masters of Russian ballet and to search for new forms in choreography.

In recent years, the company has repeatedly visited on tours many countries such as USA, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Guatemala, Poland, South Korea and Japan. The company does not forget about the Russian theaters either. Each year, the troupe performs at venues in Siberia and the Far East.

Tickets Adult $97.90 Conc/Group 8+ $87.90

Student/Junior $77.90 (under 12 or full time student ID)


Swan Lake Tue 1 Oct 7.30pm

Nutcracker Wed 2 Oct 7.30pm

Wednesday 2nd October

 Kids Disco with Ruby the Clown @ Newcastle Panthers Club

Kids get ready to hit the dance floor!

The Kids Disco is coming to Newcastle Panthers with Ruby the Clown on Wednesday 2 October from 11am – 2pm.

Boogie away and enjoy some fun games as well. Children love to dance and this disco provides a safe & fully supervised environment for 5-12 year olds. It is $10 per child & bookings are essential. Includes kids meal nuggets, chips & drink

Ruby the Clown has combined her 20 years of clowning experience into her family-friendly Disco’s

This is an ideal, cost-effective & fun activity for children including large groups such as birthday parties & OOSH/Vacation Care!

$10 per child


Includes KIDS MEAL: Nuggets & chips plus drink

Ages 5-12 years

Book now on 4926 6200 or visit reception.


Skye is the editor of Urban Insider & Account Manager @ Sticky in Newcastle. She keeps fit with Muay Thai & can’t live without her tunes! Her other interests involve cricket, NRL, shoes & the general coastal lifestyle.

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