"One of Simon's funniest... Comedy, comedy all the way." - Newsweek
Everyone’s patience and sanity is tested to the limit and much hilarity ensues as a family tries to muster the fortitude to survive their annual Familial Endurance Test with minimal casualties. It’s shaping up to be a Christmas that no-one will forget!
Stewart McGowan takes on the challenge of adapting this masterful work for the stage, describing the experience as "All consuming in a thrilling fashion!"
"The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy well-known romp is a festival of deleruim." - The New York Times
"The immediate story is of differing attitudes towards Anzac Day but it is timeless because it represents the eternal clashes across the generation gap" - The Sun
"An exhilarating and assured play... Accessible and compelling as a detective story." - The New York Times
"As well as raising important issues, the play is also gripping, with much of the intensity of a first rate thriller" - The telegraph
"Bartlett's best work to date, with deeper characterisation, more personal themes, and scenes of extraordinary intensity and emotional truth shot through with dark humour." - The Sun
"Spending time with these complicated messed up people is a genuine pleasure." - New York Post
In 1957 a talented young man by the name of Peter Bloomfield turned his dream of creating a quality theatre company into a reality. With the help of his equally talented wife, Shirley and some passionate friends they created Newcastle Repertory Club. Decades later, now trading as Newcastle Theatre Company, his vision lives on.
It means the world to us that we’re able to share a wide range of productions with our audiences. Equal to that is the experience backstage and pre-production with all of our wonderful members. We strive to create positive experiences for all involved from the first reading to the final ‘curtain’.
As a member of Newcastle Theatre Company you’ll receive notice of upcoming auditions via email. We also post audition information in the blog section of this site and on our Facebook page. You don’t need to be a current member in order to audition. If you’re successful in securing a role in one of our productions we will ask you to join before your first rehearsal.
Here are our top tips for auditioning with us!
Our 2016 Committee
Richard Murray, Tracey Gordon
Janet Nelson, David Ebert, Andrew Pitman
Mathew Joseph Bowen, Howard Rawlinson
Amanda Woolford, Janine Mullins
Beth Preston, Vivien Jones, Michael Byrne