About Newcastle Theatre Company

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.

“The actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand ” – Sir Laurence Olivier

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’.

Wendy with Gun Pointed

Wendy Ratcliffe – Death And The Maiden

Auditioning with Newcastle Theatre Company

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! 


  • Stress less! We want to see you at your best but don’t want you to stress yourself out over it.
  • Prepare, we’ll give you information about what we require for your audition in advance. The more prepared you are the more comfortable you’ll feel and the better you’ll perform.
  • Think about the character you’re auditioning for. Who are they? At what point in the story are you portraying their journey? What are they thinking, feeling, expressing or hiding?
  • Enjoy yourself – it’s what theatre should be about, the love of what you do and the joy it gives you.



“Everybody is interesting. Everybody has something to offer and the job of acting is to pull it out of each other. – Meryl Streep

Our 2016 Committee


Stewart McGowan

Vice Presidents

Richard Murray, Tracey Gordon


David Gubbay

Administration Secretary

Janine Mullins

Membership Secretary

Debra Hely

Committee Members

Janet Nelson, David Ebert, Andrew Pitman

Mathew Joseph Bowen, Howard Rawlinson

Amanda Woolford, Janine Mullins

Beth Preston, Vivien Jones, Michael Byrne

Carl Caulfield

Patron: Carl Caulfield

Staff: Theatre Manager Vivien Jones