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A ‘Banging’ play to take the stage at Newcastle’s Civic Playhouse


What does a feminist author, a sexist guru, a Danish librarian, a martial artist and an optimistic maths genius have in common?

The answer is they’re all front and centre in Australian playwright Van Badham’s swinging satire, Banging Denmark, which will take to the stage at Newcastle’s Civic Playhouse from next month.

A modern rom-com play about the men who claim to understand the “female mind” and the online culture that inspires them, the show’s scheduled for performances on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 April, Wednesday 3, Friday 5 and Saturday 6 May.

About Banging Denmark

What happens when a pick-up artist seeks relationship advice from a feminist academic?

This hilariously explicit new comedy examines our understanding of the “female mind”.

Ish Madigan is a feminist academic writing a thesis on computer games.

Jake Newhouse is a full-time management consultant and part-time pick-up artist.

They’re not exactly best friends.

But, when Jake’s latest crush – a brilliant Danish librarian – doesn’t respond to his usual seduction techniques, he knows he needs help.

He asks Ish to coach him in feminist-friendly flirtation.

He’ll pay.

And, Ish needs the money. So, what’s stopping her?

Oh, you know, just ethics, morals and every fibre of her being.

From the pen of Australian playwright and social commentator Van Badham comes this hilariously offering.

The swinging satire that is Banging Denmark is being directed by Allison Van Gaal (Trevor), who has assembled a fabulously funny cast, including Megan Kennedy (Puffs), James Chapman (Things I Know to be True), Stephanie Hilkman (Chicago), Guilherme Norohna (Keeping Up Appearances) and Katie Blaxland (Jersey Boys).

“Van Badham has written a truly compelling and deeply relevant romantic comedy that examine the dark underbelly of internet dating culture and online pick-up artistry,” she said.

“Her writing sizzles with wit and humour but also leaves us with some genuinely touching moments.”

Following an acclaimed season at Sydney Theatre Company in 2019, The Very Popular Theatre Company is proud to present this culturally-relevant production of dark comedy about sex, the internet and social democracy.

Show details

Banging Denmark

  • When: Friday 28 April to Saturday 6 May
  • Where: Civic Playhouse, Newcastle
  • Times: 7.30pm (Friday 28 April), 2pm and 7.30pm (Saturday 29 April), 7.30pm (Wednesday 3 May), 7.30pm (Friday 5 May), 2pm and 7.30pm (Saturday 6 May)
  • Duration: 1hr 40mins
  • Content warning: Strong language, adult themes, sexual references, theatrical haze. Recommended for ages 14+
  • Tickets: Adult $49, concessions $43
  • Book via: or phone 02 4929 1977

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