The Magic Hour

21-30 November 2024
Vanessa Bates’ play is full of unlikely fairy-tale damsels in distress – bleeding, coarse and filled with rage, hope and hot desire... relentless energy and humour The Guardian

UpStage at the Playhouse presents The Magic Hour

Written & Directed by Vanessa Bates
Produced by Lulu Bell Productions

Fairy-tales reworked, funny, furious and fantastic, as tales of the marginalised.

Original fairy-tales were about bravado, fortune, destiny and courage. But always, watching from the edges, were the quiet ones. The bit characters. The weary mothers, the ugly sisters, the irrelevant queens, the grandmothers.

In The Magic Hour, they get their chance to shine.

From beach shacks and caravan parks, in Housing Commission towers and old school discos, in backyard gardens and to the familiar tune of one dirty big earthquake...

Welcome one and all to “the twilight hour, the dreaming hour, The Magic Hour”

Written and directed by Vanessa Bates, featuring Lou Chapman and Jan Hunt with music by Amy Vee, all award winning Novocastrian creatives.

Purchase the Program/Script online with your tickets ($15)
The Program for The Magic Hour comes with the complete show Script and may be purchased with tickets. The Program/Script will be available for collection at the performance from the merchandise desk.

Opening Night Discount - save $5pp
To celebrate the launch of The Magic Hour, join us on opening night for an exclusive Q&A with the playwright after the show.

Running time TBC
Suitable for ages 13+


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  • Thursday 21 November 2024 7:30 pm
  • Friday 22 November 2024 7:30 pm
  • Saturday 23 November 2024 2:00 pm
    7:30 pm
  • Thursday 28 November 2024 11:00 am
    7:30 pm
  • Friday 29 November 2024 7:30 pm
  • Saturday 30 November 2024 2:00 pm
    7:30 pm

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  • Adult $49
  • Concession $39
  • Under 18/ Full Time Student $39
  • Adult Opening Night $45
  • Script/Program $15


  • Civic Theatre Ticket Office
  • 02 4929 1977


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