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Comedians, musos back on stage for Newcastle Fringe Festival


A curated program of events, featuring the likes of Peter Berner, Tommy Dean, Henry Wagons and Catherine Britt, will hit the stage next year as part of the Newcastle Fringe Festival.

The popular spectacle, scheduled from Thursday 17 to Sunday 27 March, is sure to delight Novocastrians, who are keen to view “live” entertainment again.

Three of the best and most versatile comedians in the country, with more than 100 years’ combined experience in stand-up comedy, come together for one huge night of guaranteed non-stop laughter at Lizotte’s on Saturday 19 March in Triple Treat Comedy.

Guided by host Darren Sanders, Tommy Dean (regularly heard on ABC Radio’s TGIF) and Peter Berner (Backberner, The Einstein Factor) will bring their distinctive styles to an evening of side-splitting hilarity.

Meanwhile, Henry Wagons (presenter of Double J’s Tower of Song and front man of the band Wagons) needs no introduction.

The charismatic performer, raconteur, TV host and radio personality is synonymous with Melbourne’s culture of good music, good food and good times.

Accompanied by special guest Lachlan Bryan on piano (of Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes), this special, Sunday 20 March lunch-edition of Old Fashioned Nights will deliver up a unique afternoon of songs and stories with a culinary theme.

It’s Henry at his informal, conversational best.

On Thursday 24 March, the internationally successful, multi-award-winning singer/songwriter Catherine Britt steps onto her hometown stage to showcase her new album Home Truths.

She’ll also perform a whole swag of her biggest hits. 

It’s the singer and the song that makes for truly distinctive and enduring artists – lots of great tunes and some mighty fine singing.

Catherine has a voice that instantly gets your attention.

But, unlike others, it is the craftsmanship of this singer/songwriter who unashamedly boasts a worthy story to tell that truly keeps her audience enthralled.

Supported by self-proclaimed gypsy Scotsman, singer/songwriter Colin Lillie whose latest EP was mixed by Shane Nicholson on Beverley Hillbilly Records and features a duet with Catherine – this show promises to pack a punch and sell-out.

Newcastle Fringe promises lots more surprises with the number of artist applications received for the festival currently reaching almost to 60 different shows across several various genres that guarantees that the event has something for anyone, of any age or inclination.

More details will be released later in the year.

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