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The Wharf Revue 2019

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Back with a bang

The all-singing, all-dancing, side-splittingly funny solution to all the world’s problems returns for another year of satirical genius.

The West is crumbling, democracy is besieged and the world is run by morons with funny hair. You have to laugh. And that’s exactly what The Wharf Revue delivers. The indefatigable team is back once more to dig through the year’s political dirt and unearth comedy gold.

From the movers to the shakers, from the winners to the losers, the stage will be filled with uncanny impressions of the year’s most memorable characters and the moments they’d prefer to forget.

Stalwart performer Drew Forsythe returns with special triple-threat guests including the hilarious Simon Burke. The choreography is tight, the wigs are loose, the punchlines are loaded. Everything is ready for a big night of laughter and mayhem.


Venue: Orange Civic Theatre
Date: Tuesday 26th November and Wednesday 27th November 2019
Time: 8:00 PM
Prices: Adult $52.00  |  Subscriber $44.00  |  Concession $48.00  |  Junior $30.00
Contact: 02 6393 8111

Virtuoso #4: Severiano Paoli

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In his Australian debut performance, Italian Double Bass virtuoso Severiano Paoli will perform as soloist with Colour City Chamber Orchestra. The Double Bass is traditionally an instrument that “accompanies” other instruments, however it has evolved as a magnificent solo instrument through the work of particular classical double bass performers and composers. In this concert, CCCO and Severiano will explore music from the baroque to the romantic, with a dazzling display of virtuosity!


Venue: Orange Civic Theatre
Date: Saturday 23rd November 2019
Time: 8:00 PM
Prices: Adult $45.00  |  Subscriber $40.00  |  Concession $42.00  |  Junior $20.00
Contact: 02 6393 8111

Strassman – The Chocolate Diet

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From London to New York, Strassman’s comic genius has shocked and surprised. Now it’s your turn to experience Strassman’s uproarious comedy with those infamous favourites, the loveable Ted E. Bare and the evil Chuck Wood.

Strassman’s newest show is The Chocolate Diet.

Ted E. Bare’s health quest is hilariously painful and one we can relate to. Meanwhile Chuck is going through an identity crisis,

Strassman is one of Australia’s favorite comedian’s, a master of his art.

Once again, he delivers the ultimate night out.

A truly remarkable performance appears to defy reality – The Adelaide Advertiser

Hilarious – The Scotsman (UK)

David Strassman. He’s the dark-edged, avant-garde artist who lifted ventriloquism into the 21st century, acquiring a multitude of fans and critical acclaim along the way.

Led by the evil Chuck Wood and delightfully cute Ted E Bare, Strassman’s “renegade band of puppets” (as The Scotsman called them) create a multi-layered stage performance.

Audiences forget that its actually a one-man show!

Performance Rating – This performance is rated MA. Children 12 to 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No one under 12 admitted.

Venue: Orange Civic Theatre
Date: Wednesday 13 November 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Prices: Premium $79.90  |  A-Reserve $59.90  |  B-Reserve $49.90
Contact: 02 6393 8111

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

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The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour will be tearing up the freeways of Australia for the seventh year in a row to bring the crème de la crème of the 2019 Festival to Orange!  

Expertly curated and lovingly presented, the Showcase will feature some of the Festival’s hottest acts live on stage for an incredible two hours of hard-hitting laughter. Boasting a line-up of veteran favourites, international stars, and some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment will leave you sore from belly laughs!  

So call your pals and grab your tickets to the funniest night of entertainment you will see all year – don’t miss out on a huge night of laughs!  

The comedians all knew what they had to do to get a laugh, and had the crowd in constant stitches… the talent on show definitely left the crowd wanting more...”  – AU REVIEW 

Content Warning:

May contain coarse language and adult themes. Recommended for 15 years+. Parental discretion is advised.


Venue: Orange Civic Theatre
Date: Saturday 2nd November 2019
Time: 8:00 PM
Prices: Adult $37.00  |  Subscriber $33.00  |  Concession $33.00  | Group $35.00
Contact: 02 6393 8111

Jesus Christ Superstar

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With thirty pieces of silver and a kiss on the cheek, the ultimate act of betrayal is committed.

In 1971, Jesus Christ Superstar burst onto the worldwide stage and changed the face of musical theatre forever.

Through the eyes of the betrayer, Judas Iscariot, Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of the last days of the man he once loved and admired.

Through Judas’ eyes, the very human soul beneath the divine icon is bared – troubled, doubting, loving and scared.

A blazing score from Andrew Lloyd Webber of The Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Cats fame combines with

Tim Rice’s inventive and evocative lyrics to make a musical still as devastatingly powerful as the first time it hit the stage.

Nominated for eight Tony Awards and seven Olivier Awards over its almost 50 year history, the greatest rock opera ever created shines a light on the power of the human spirit.

What would it take for you to betray the Son of God? And how would you feel if you did?

Never before has a simple kiss on the cheek meant so much.

By arrangement with Origin Theatrical
Written by – Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice
Director – Bruce Buchanan
Musical Director – Amy Denford
Choreographer – Jamie Schmich
Costume – Angie Mason 


Venue: Orange Civic Theatre
Date: Thursday 24th October to Sunday 27th October 2019
Prices: Adult $52.50  |  Subscriber $42.00  |  Concession $47.00  |  Junior $30.00  |  Groups $40.00
Contact: 02 6393 8111

The Songs of James Taylor and Carole King – a Celebration

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Presented by After Woodstock Entertainment

Experience a night of timeless songs that formed the soundtrack of a generation.

A wonderful celebration of the music of legendary singer/songwriters James Taylor and Carole King.

James Taylor and Carole King are two of the biggest selling artists of all time. With careers spanning over five decades, their songs have a special place in music history. Classic hits such as Fire and RainHow Sweet It IsIt’s Too LateI Feel the Earth Move and You’ve Got a Friend are performed by a seven-piece band comprising of award-winning singers and musicians, faithfully reproduces these timeless songs with immaculate harmonies and the highest level of musicianship.

Venue: Orange Civic Theatre
Date: Saturday 28th September 2019
Time: 8:00 PM
Prices: Adult $59.00  |  Subscriber $54.00  |  Concession $54.00  |  Student $54.00  |  Group 6+ $54.00 each
Contact: 02 6393 8111

Circa’s Peepshow

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Circa’s Peepshow turns cabaret on its head, literally. Join Circa as they embark on a seductive dance through the hall of mirrors that is your imagination, Circa’s Peepshow lurches from the thrillingly acrobatic to the comically playful. Expect teetering towers of balanced bodies, extreme bending and devilishly precarious aerials.

Circa’s Peepshow combines some of the finest acrobatic talent on the planet under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz to create a playfully exhilarating ride into the beautifully bizarre recesses of your mind.

Come to Circa’s Peepshow and see the world from the other side of the mirror.


Venue: Orange Civic Theatre
Date: Saturday 21st September 2019
Time: 8:00 PM
Prices: Adult $46.00  |  Subscriber $38.00  |  Concession $42.00  |  Junior $30.00
Contact: 02 6393 8111

Rainbow’s End

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A First Nations story about the bond of family and the power of the land.

It’s the 1950s in Shepparton, Victoria. Three generations of the Dear family live together in a rundown shack on the Goulburn River flats.

Gladys yearns for a better life, a real home and a decent job. Her teenage daughter Dolly has dreams of becoming a nurse, while her resilient grandmother, Nan Dears, is resistant to change.

Dolly falls for Errol, a travelling salesman, who offers her the prospect of another world. Together they embark on a journey of belonging where the search for a better life challenges the powerful bond that holds these women together.

In this powerful and tender story, where dreams for a fair go lie, acclaimed playwright, Jane Harrison, pens one family’s struggle for community acceptance in the Menzies era of Australia.

 “[Rainbow’s End] quietly makes its point, leaving you aware and impressed by the staunchness of these women, the gains they made and the dignity with which they dealt with hardship” – Sydney Morning Herald

“Beautifully crafted, elegantly scripted…”Australian Stage

“A touching pot of theatrical gold…”- The Examiner


Venue: Orange Civic Theatre
Date: Friday 13th September 2019
Time: 7:30 PM
Prices: Adult $46.00  |  Subscriber $40.00  |  Concession $42.00  |  Junior $28.00  |  School Group $20.00
Contact: 02 6393 8111


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Presented by: Christine Dunstan Productions


ThoughtLines, (www.thought-lines.com.au) a unique series of talks by some of Australia’s leading university-based academics, has been founded by publishing consultant Mary Cunnane and theatre producer Christine Dunstan, with the first series to debut in September 2019.

On the principle that the nation’s world-class universities form a treasure-trove of knowledge largely inaccessible to the public outside of capital cities, ThoughtLines has recruited three outstanding scholars in history, economics, and astronomy to deliver the inaugural presentations, tailored for general audiences, at insert venue and date here

Cunnane, who has worked with many academics in her publishing career, observed “There is so much fascinating  research done in our universities  in many areas, from science to philosophy and literature to economics, we think it is time to make it   available to the public in an accessible and engaging way.”  And Dunstan, an award-winning producer with extensive experience in regional Australia, noted “ThoughtLines offers regional audiences a capital-city experience – without the congestion!”

The three hour-long presentations, including audience Q&A, form a ‘day of learning for the fun of it’ and will be held on successive Sundays in September. Orange Civic Theatre on 8 September, West Gippsland Arts Centre on 15 September and Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre on 22 September.

The speakers for this premiere ThoughtLines season are:

Iain McCalman, Emeritus Professor of History and Co-Founder of the Environment Institute at Sydney University, speaking on Saving Ourselves from Ourselves: The Challenge of Human Intervention in Nature.
James Laurenceson, Acting Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at University of Technology Sydney, China and Australia: Do We Need to Worry?
Lisa Kewley, Professor and Director at the ARC Centre of Excellence of All-Sky Astrophysics in 3D (ASTRO) at the Australian National University – Reaching for the Stars: An Australian Journey Through the Cosmos.

Venue: Orange Civic Theatre
Date: Sunday 8 September 2019
Time: 12:30 PM
Prices: Adult $90.00  |  Subscriber $85.00  |  Concession $85.00  |  Junior $85.00  |  Student $85.00
Contact: 02 6393 8111

Daniel Thompson’s Johnny Cash Live – Back to San Quentin

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Daniel Thompson’s Johnny Cash Live

Back to San Quentin – 50 Years On

In 1969, off the back of the huge success of 1968’s At Folsom Prison album, Johnny Cash recorded the second of his legendary prison albums at California’s notorious maximum security prison, San Quentin.

With the Folsom album kick starting a golden era of Cash’s career, At San Quentin continued his meteoric rise to his place as a legendary figure and icon of 20th century popular music.
During the February 24 recording session, in typical Johnny Cash fashion, he got the already enthusiastic inmates on side with his song San Quentin which opens with the lyrics “San Quentin, you’ve been living hell to me” and he immediately replayed the song at the request of his cheering audience with both versions included on the original release of the At San Quentin album. Most notably the album included the worldwide smash hit single, A Boy Named Sue, which undeniably made Cash a global superstar and household name. Sue became Cash’s highest ever charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was only held out of the number one spot by the Rolling Stones ‘Honky Tonk Women’.

50 Years on, Daniel Thompson’s Johnny Cash Live hits the road celebrating this legendary album and the career of the Man in Black.

A brand new show featuring more than 35 hits, Back to San Quentin – 50 Years On includes the great moments of the San Quentin album plus hits and favourites spanning Cash’s entire 50 year recording career.

After 6 National tours and having performed more than 175 shows, Johnny Cash Live has become lauded as one of Australia’s premier tribute acts. With powerhouse backing band, The Tennessee Express and led by Australia’s own Man in Black, Daniel Thompson, Johnny Cash Live presents an unforgettable night paying tribute to one of music’s most iconic and influential figures.

With more than 60 thousand tickets sold Australia wide, don’t miss your chance to see what has audiences on their feet and coming back each year for more.

Daniel Thompson’s Johnny Cash Live : Back to San Quentin – 50 Years On


Venue: Orange Civic Theatre
Date: Saturday 7th September 2019
Time: 8:00 PM
Prices: Adult $65.00  |  Subscriber $55.00  | Student $60.00  | Group 8+ $60.00
Contact: 02 6393 8111