Saturday 14th 

Sunday 15th

Friday 20th

Saturday 21st 

Sunday 22nd 

Saturday 28th 

Sunday 29th 

Full gig-guide at –www.hardysbayclub.com.au

Ph – (02) 4360 1072



Information courtesy of
Russell Hopkinson

Hardy’s Bay Club 
Publicity & Promotion
14 Heath Road, Hardy’s Bay 2257
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What are you doing this weekend?


Highlights for the week ending Wednesday 18 July

Winter Jazz Blues Festival, GMS Jrs’ “The Wiz”, FLASH Festival Auditions, CC Potters 50th Anniversary, Sean Lonergan Schools Project, GTC’s “Extremities”, plus more exhibitions, competitions, markets, poetry, great gigs and concerts from local musicians, theatrical reviews and much more!

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If you missed my spot on Meredith Gilmore’s Coast Arts radio show last weekend, you can listen online now at https://soundcloud.com/meredithgilmore/theatre-on-the-coast-july-2018-broadcast-on-coast-arts-8718

As broadcast on Coast Arts radio program Sunday July 8 2018,  COAST FM 963 Gosford, Central Coast Community Radio.



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Poetry at the Pub THIS MONDAY

Readings are at the Wickham Park Hotel, corner of Maitland Road and Albert St, Wickham, commencing at 7.30pm.  All meetings include an open reading bracket.  Gold coin donation requested.


July 16 – 52 Poem Project

The 52 Poem Project PATP Blurb

Each week, for three years, every Friday at 5 pm, Robert Edmonds exchanged a new poem with another poet, who sent a new poem to him. He did this with three wonderfully different and talented poets – Mark Liston, Peter Wells and Kelly Blaney-Murphy. Tonight, all four poets will read their best poems from the 52 Poem Project.

Mark Liston (2015 Project) won the 2013 All Poetry Prize and the 2014 Australian Poetry “Poem of the Year”. He was poetry co-ordinator of the inaugural Newcastle Writers Festival and poetry co-ordinator for Newcastle Writers Centre and Australian Poetry Newcastle Café Poet in Residence. He’s the author of poetry collection “Fragile Diamonds” (Picaro Press) and will travel from Tasmania (where he is involved in the Tasmania Poetry Festival) to attend this reading.

Peter Wells (2016 Project) became hooked on poetry after completing a Grad Dip in creative writing through UON.  He entered into the 52 Poem Project with Rob throughout 2016. For Peter, 2016 included a holiday in California – from which a resulting poem made it into BREW – something he is proud of.  Another highlight from 2016 was having a poem selected for the UOC VC Poetry Award anthology, and another poem being a Prizewinner as well as being published in the 2016 Grieve Anthology.  The discipline of writing every week, despite the usual busyness of work and family, was invaluable.  Apart from being a lot of fun, Peter found he was comfortable to take more poetic risks, and was able to develop a more authentic voice.

Kelly Blaney-Murphy (2017 Project) has had poetry published in a range of publications, including The Naked Pomegranate: Collected Women’s Writing (1994) and Suburbs of the Mind: A Poetry Anthology (2004). She has been an editor for a number of Central Coast Poets Inc. anthologies, and proofs and produces content for Lovatts Media Group. She has been instrumental for many years in publicising and managing the Henry Kendall Poetry Award.

Robert Edmonds has had poetry published in magazines as diverse as Westerly, Quadrant and the NSW School Magazine. In 2016 he was long-listed in the University of Canberra’s International Poetry Prize. He has written breakfast radio comedy for 2DAY-FM, been awarded a mentorship with thriller writer Gabrielle Lord by the Australian Society of Authors, and contributed to John Paul Bell’s “Laughter Is the Best Medicine” (Hachette, 2010).

Upcoming program

July 30 Jane Williams

5th Monday sponsored by the Wicko

Jane Williams is the author of several books of poems. Her work has been widely published and anthologized since the early 1990s. Her most recent books are Parts of the Main (poems Ginninderra Press) and Echoes of Flight (haiku and senryu Ginninderra Press). Jane has been a guest poet at reading venues and festivals around Australia and in Ireland, England, USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Malaysia, and Slovakia where she held a three month residency in 2016. She lives in Tasmania with her partner Ralph Wessman.

August 20 – Steve Armstrong book launch Broken Ground

Borrowing from the title of his Bruce Dawe prize-winning poem, Steve Armstrong’s wonderful first collection is ‘a cracked and weathered prayer’. These are questing, generous poems, filled with grace and vulnerability, and reading them is like taking a walk through a magical and yet familiar landscape, a walk haunted by memory, grief, longing and hope. Highly recommended.

– Lisa Brockwell

The intimate territory Armstrong walks attends to the wider world—in particular, wild country, forest and field, river and ridge. But also the suburbs, the kitchen, the realms of the everyday. He writes the places in themselves, and he writes them as analogues, metaphors, for the geographies of the self. His is a poetry of landscape, desire, memory, love, lust and loss. Of delight and dilemma. He is a diviner. From the broken ground he draws the sacred. – Mark Tredinnick


September 17 – Trish Pender and Keri Glastonbury

Keri Glastonbury is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at The University of Newcastle. Her most recent collection is Newcastle Sonnets (Giramondo, 2018). https://giramondopublishing.com/product/newcastle-sonnets/

Trisha Pender is an Associate Professor of English Literature at The University of Newcastle.  Her debut chapbook, Bibliophilic, will be released by Puncher & Whitman’s Slow Loris imprint in October.

Keri and Trisha met as undergraduates at the University of Sydney in the early 90s where they edited the University women’s poetry anthology Tangent, and have now worked together in the English and Writing discipline at The University of Newcastle for over a decade. They also run the Feminist Poetry Workshop at Islington’s The Women’s Room.

Poetry at the Pub is on the 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month. Mostly.




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Theatrical Overview – by Karen Ractliffe



In recent months I’ve witnessed some exemplary local productions and, although I’ve already mentioned many of these in my monthly radio spots on the Coast Arts programme*, I wanted to say a few words here as well.

Endless Night Theatre Company’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”

Several of the Central Coast’s newest theatrical companies have become home to some extraordinarily talented young performers. Among these is Endless Night Theatre Company, a group established in 2014. My first experience of their work was their striking production of “The Crucible” staged at The Art House, Wyong last year by talented young director Scot Russell. Scott continued to impress me last weekend with a production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” that was worthy of London’s South Bank. In the tradition of the RSC, he took a minimalist approach to set and staging. Clever use of simple props helped to keep the action flowing while allowing the audience to focus on the writing and performances, which were admirable. Particular credit goes to Dylan Crawford and Matt Driver who held the title roles. They held the lion’s share of Tom Stoppard’s fiendishly difficult script, delivering it with superb comic tone and timing, and they received excellent support from Jane -Ann Scott who was also a major player. But the rest of the cast proved the maxim that there are no small roles; even those with few – or no – lines still made their presence felt on stage with excellent use of physical humour. Special mention must also be made of Declan Green who stepped up in the play’s final minutes to infuse Horatio’s closing speech with utter conviction and unexpected pathos. It’s great to see new companies taking the risk of staging challenging works, and doing it successfully. I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing ENTC’s next production.

For more information about the company, visit http://www.entc.com.au/

XtrAct Drama Academy’s Mid-Year Performance

Earlier in the day I had the pleasure of watching the students of XtrAct Drama Academy presenting their mid-year performance. My late husband, Paul, always had a soft spot for XtrAct and enjoyed helping with sound production for several of their past shows. I’ve tried to continue to lend my support where I can, and I’ve always been impressed with what I’ve seen. Many of the most talented and promising young performers currently gracing the stages of our local productions began as students of XtrAct and, as I watched the show last weekend, I saw the faces of many students who I’m certain will be future Central Coast stars. Danielle-Brame-Whiting, director of the academy, has a gift for instilling confidence in young people and developing their stage presence. Her programmes and shows stretch the youngsters’ abilities and extend their talents. I’ve been impressed by the clever and imaginative plays and skits she creates, which are fun for the students to perform, and entertaining for audiences to watch, but their premises are also educational and thought provoking for young minds. Equally importantly, Danielle is always careful to reward qualities of teamwork, co-operation and kindness. I should like to applaud Danielle, and all those involved with XtrAct, for its vital contribution to Central Coast theatre and youth development.

XtrAct Drama Academy now offers regular classes at Wyong and Point Clare for students ranging from kindergarten age to 25 years old. For more information, visit https://www.xtract.com.au/

Wyong Drama Group’s “End of the Line”

Having been impressed by Wyong Drama Group’s production of “Sepia Secrets” in 2016, I was eager to see its prequel, “End of the Line”. Both plays were penned by WDG’s resident playwright, Andy Kabanoff, and are creatively based on the experience of his family during the Russian Revolution and the European wars that followed. Andy Kabanoff is a golden find for WDG – a marvelous talent as writer, director and actor. His plays are beautifully crafted, and cleverly staged to conjure an almost cinematic experience. Intelligent, imaginative, gently humorous and moving, “End of the Line” blends past and present, history and memory, and is woven throughout with lyrical threads from Russian literature. The play also utilized music and dance, creating some beautiful moments and tableaux. Andy received excellent support from his co-director, Gabrielle Brooks and the fine performances of their cast. Central Coast favourites, Ruth Jordan and Marc Calwell performed admirably in key roles, but there were also some less familiar faces that deserve credit. Special mention should be made of Samantha Winsor whose engaging and nuanced performance carried the audience through the story as she played the role of Elizabieta over several decades, from young girl to mature woman. Kudos also to the make-up, costumes, the technical effects team and stage crew who all played their part in helping the epic drama to unfold on stage. Overall, this was a real treat for genuine theatre lovers.

For a review of “Sepia Secrets”, please click on WDG’s SEPIA SECRETS – A review by Karen Ractliffe

Wyong Drama Group have another production this month at The Art House, Wyong. This time it’s a musical comedy, “Nunsense”. Friends who’ve seen this show before assure me that it’s hilarious. For more information, visit the group’s website at http://www.wyongdramagroup.com.au/

Jopuka Productions “WTF Short Cuts” show

Not just a short play festival, this was a full variety performance, with a comedy MC and musical entertainment between plays. And the plays themselves were excellent. I was thrilled by the contrast in tone, style and subject matter. All were thoroughly absorbing – funny, dramatic, thought provoking, moving – and consumately performed. The festival was crowned with a performance of Jamie Hornsby’s breathtaking “Because There Was Fire”, winner of this year’s Newcastle Fringe Best New Work Award. It was a superbly crafted and directed drama with truly exceptional performances from the two actors. The gripping emotional rollercoaster held the audience spellbound throughout and was rewarded with a standing ovation at the end.  It’s great to see young people producing such exciting, high quality theatre. Kudos to director Danielle Brame-Whiting, to all performers and crew, to founder Josh Maxwell and his team, and to everyone involved with the festival. I can hardly wait for WTF 2019! But, in the meantime, Jopuka have another production at the Youth Arts Warehouse this month: the topical drama, “Gaybies” by Dean Bryant. Details are on the company website at http://www.jopukaproductions.com.au/

Gosford Musical Society’s “We Will Rock You”.

I was lucky enough to get a ticket and the performance I saw was great fun, with lively direction, sharp choreography, striking costumes and star quality performances from the leads. Special kudos go to the musicians. It takes outstanding talent to reproduce the music of Queen and this band really delivered. The standing ovation they received at the end was testament to their success. Congratulations to everyone involved!

GMS have two shows at Laycock Street Community Theatre this month. First their juniors production, “The Wiz”, then the ever popular “My Fair Lady.” More information and tickets are available from http://s.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/theatres/what’s-on



*The Coast Arts programme airs Sunday evenings, 6-8pm on Coast FM 96.3

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Artists Central presents DIVAS ON DEMAND


Saturday, July 28 at 6 PM – 9 PM at

Artists Central – music, creativity and wellness
10 Pinaroo Road, Wamberal, New South Wales 2260

Artistic Director: Wendy Dixon

Singing: Eric Chai, Stephanie Jones, Natalia Melnik, Andrea Quaglia, Suzi Stengel, Mikayla Tate, Lisa Munckton, Chamberlain Zhang, Olivia Morberger

Piano: Wendy Dixon

Tickets: Tickets: $20 full, $15 concession, U15 free
Available from online at https://www.facebook.com/events/210393002919750/ or at the door


Information and image courtesy of Suzi Stengel

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Tickets now on sale !



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The original Pearl Beach Glee Club was formed in the nineteen fifties to raise funds to complete the Pearl Beach Memorial Hall and they put on a number of “Grand Concerts”.  The Glee Club Singers was re-formed in 2010 by a group of local music lovers to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the original Glee Club.  The success of the anniversary concert encouraged the tradition to continue and each year members have maintained the pleasure of regular meetings around the piano.


Building on a splendid tradition the 2018 programme will surprise and delight with a great variety of local talent performed by extraordinary musicians – young and old, amateur and professional.


Both concerts will feature Copanello, enjoy the sublime voices of Anita de Lisen and Michael James, and returning by special request theatrical and television personality the extremely talented Chris King.  The audience will be invited to join in with some catchy sing-alongs and enjoy a number of funny skits.


Saturday will showcase a slightly different line-up of special guests including winner of the 2017 Pearl Beach Scholarship, guitarist Min Ahn and winner of the 2018 scholarship, pianist and vocalist Aaron Carey. Both concerts will feature the unique and at times quirky world of the Pearl Beach Singers.


Dr John Irvine, Master of Ceremonies comments, “we are delighted to feature our very special guests and some of the best youth talent discovered in the recent Pearl Beach Youth concerts. The theme ‘Around the World in 80 Minutes’ invites you to travel with us on a magical musical journey visiting traditional and unexpected places”.



Pearl Beach Memorial Hall

Friday  24 August 7.30pm

Saturday 25 August  2.30pm 


Adults $25 – Child $10 includes welcome drink

Bookings RECOMMENDED  www.pearlbeachprogress.org.au/events

cash/enquiries: 0487 444 537


Proceeds  go toward the Memorial Hall upkeep



Photo: members of the Pearl Beach Singers having fun.   


Information and image courtesy of Lynne Lillico


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