UpStage at the Playhouse is an exciting initiative which has been developed by the Civic Theatre for the City of Newcastle. The program aims to connect with the vibrancy and talent of our local theatre community by co-presenting and supporting works that showcase the ability and creativity of the Newcastle region. It is an opportunity to introduce fresh, new and adapted works which will be presented and performed by the local arts scene.

The program will bring local shows to local audiences, support the creative talent in our region, and bring our community and creative industry closer, cementing the connections between the theatre, our community, and the arts industry.  

UpStage's annual program will be showcased in the Civic Theatre's atmospheric 195-seat venue, The Playhouse.

We are delighted to announce the selected Productions for our second year of UpStage:

  • Blueberry Play by Ang Collins (Lingua Franca)
  • Romeo & Juliet: A Reimagining (HER Productions)
  • Karma Kafe by Carl Caulfield (Stray Dogs Theatre Co)
  • The Magic Hour by Vanessa Bates (Lulu Bell Productions)

Discover more information about each show, performance dates, times and prices

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About the Producers

Lingua Franca is an interdisciplinary performance company that makes alert and visceral performance, based across regional NSW.

HER Productions is a Newcastle-based theatre and production company established in 2021. Co-founded by artistic directors Charlotte De Wit and Marigold Pazar, our mission is to bring professional, original work to Newcastle while promoting equal opportunities for female identifying and underrepresented individuals in the performing and creative arts industry. 

Stray Dogs Theatre Company is a small, profit-share theatre company which has been producing original work in Newcastle since 1994. Formed by playwright Carl Caulfield and director Felicity Biggins, Stray Dogs Theatre Company's original mission statement:  “Lean, mean and hungry, looking for somewhere to leave its mark” still resonates today, 28 years on. Recent shows at the Playhouse include Creativity, Dali: Hallucinogenic Toreador, Being Seller's and Shakespeare's Fools.

This is Lulu Bell Productions second show, the first being The Lou Chapman Show, featuring a monologue, A Real Thing, written and directed by Vanessa winning gold and world #1 ranking at the World Monologue Games 2022.

Booking Tickets 

Tickets available online anytime. By phone, weekdays 9am to 5pm. Ticket Office Counter, weekdays 10am to 2pm and 2 hours prior to a Civic Theatre performance. Playhouse Counter, 1 hour prior to a Playhouse performance.