Just like Newtown itself, New Theatre does not conform to the 'norm', it is driven by passion and sometimes extreme artistic expression. The theatre showcases a broad spectrum of mainstream classic and contemporary, hysterical and intriguing fringe theatre where regular patrons have grown to expect the unexpected.
With this adaptability, they can pluck and produce interesting shows in the blink of the eye and patrons will readily fill the seats.
In August, I attended The Theatre Sports Cup Winners' Cup, a night from the new and exciting The Sydney Impro Festival. It was an hilarious week of outrageous comedic improvisation.
Theatresports Cup Winner's Cup. They certainly have to think quick on their feet!
Five teams battled it out in a series of scriptless improvisations where the audience and play master gave them random unconnected themes, characters and situations to perform a skit. Producing raucous laughter and astonishment with speed and ease in which they came up with very funny scenes, time and again.
OK, ordinarily actors learn their lines, refine them and add their spin on the character - and that takes great talent.Yet when you see a group of people walk on stage and literally within seconds they are given an extreme random synopsis to play out, you can't help but applaud their spontaneous brilliance.
I could have dragged anyone off any street and sit them down to watch this show, knowing for certain they would be laughing in the aisles. It was that clever and that funny.
It is a shame I couldn't write this review prior to the event, so you could race out and buy tickets, but that is what happens at New Theatre. One off shows and short runs are common.
So the best thing to do is sign up to receive their newsletter to keep an eye out for some interesting works. Regular patrons have learned to attend on sometimes short notice.
Bear in mind New Theatre is an intimate 140 seat venue that has seen it's best days, yet the little tattiness adds to the charm of the 'Newtown Vintage Look'. Don't expect glamour, expect to be entertained.
Parking is a bit of an issue, you may have to go around the blocks many times to find a space, or you may just get lucky.
A suggestion: arrive early and wander the numerous cafes and restaurants to grab some dinner, that way you will not be stressed before the show.
Vernon God Little - 14 Aug-15 Sept "Freedom is a piece of shit!" A riotously funny, disturbing, yet uplifting story of the dysfunctional mess that underpins modern America. - Now this dark piece of comedy is going on my to see list.
The Venettia Twins - 13 November - 15 December
Now if you learn toward Aussie strine,slapstick comedy, vaudevelle, this may tickle your warped side. All the elements rolled together into an adaption of Carlo Goldoni's 18th century commedia dell'arte classic, musical. Can you visualise that? I can't, yet it intrigues me.
Tickets prices vary on the show.
Usually around $21-30
Buy your tickets online or phone 1300 13 11 88 Mon - Fri 10am-5pm. Or you can rock up 1prior to the performance. Personally I would book just in case they sell out.
They offer generous concessions and some shows and a 'Pay What You Can' type ticket. Only available with some performances, and only 1 our prior to the show, minimum payment of $10.
New Theatre Newtown is one of the oldest theatre companies in continuous production and is run by volunteers. It is highly regarded for its varied productions. Now, that is no mean feat - it was honoured by the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2007 for its contribution to the Australian Performing Arts and 75 years of continuous production. As you can see it holds a weighty credibility in the art's world.
Worth walking on the edgy side in theatre - just be prepared!