Theatre Club and Guest Speakers Group

The Theatre Club

The Theatre Club arranges bookings at local amateur theatres and venues and is available to Eastlakes U3A members and guests.
Bette Gray was our great organiser but Bette is moving on in another chapter of her life and Jeff Bishop will be our Theatre Club organiser.
Jeff is in the process of arranging our 2019 ongoing program and current details are shown below - all bookings must be made by contacting him, either by phone or email. Matinees are popular, however we try to include some evening dinner shows as well.   It’s a good opportunity to socialise and meet other members in a friendly setting.
Because of the difficulty of making contact with Jeff by phone, he would ask that as much as possible, all communication between members and Jeff be by email. If you do not have email, he will be happy for you to call the number below and leave a message for him. Please speak clearly and leave your number and Jeff will return your call.

May is a slow month and there will be no theatre, and then it will pick up in June.  The programing for the latter part of the year is in its early stages at the moment and as soon as things are confirmed they will be added to this site                 In the meantime,   Happy Theatre Going !!!



🎵Sunday 30 June 2019              (Matinee              $15.00)

🎵Sunday 22 September 2019

🎵Sunday 30 November 2019

I hope you can join us for our concert season this year.


Sunday 2nd June                                "KAFKA"           Newcastle Theatre Company (NTC)  Matinee      $25.00

SYNOPSIS      Australian academic, Marcus Murray is visiting Prague with his wife, Jocelyn and 20 year old daughter Maddie.  He is hoping to broker a deal with a couple of Czech post-graduate students who claim to have come across a cache of unpublished papers belonging to Franz Kafka.     While Jocelyn and Maddie take in the sights and have adventures of their own, Murray finds himself in a Kafkaesque nightmare of bureaucracy, police corruption and extortion where his life is at stake.      In a parallel universe, Kafka is enjoying a rare, happy time in his life, living in Berlin with Dora Diamont.    Though not in the best of health, Kafka is in love and writing short stories, letters and postcards.   The past and present collide with farcical and life changing consequences.     Postcards from Kafka is a dark comedy and explores both Kafka’s legacy as a writer and his suffering as a human being through the lens of modern day tourism and its appropriation of creativity.  What does the artist owe the world and vice versa and where does the hapless professor with his eye on academic glory, fit in?

Sunday 14th July                                 "STEPPING OUT"  Musical Comedy  (NTC)                  Matinee      $25.00

SYNOPSIS       Stepping out is a light-hearted musical comedy about eight very different people who try to overcome their inhibitions and left feet and learn to tap dance.  The loveable troupe of misfits include eager- to- please Lynne, birdlike Dorothy, confident Maxine, shy Geoffrey, timid Andy, bubbly Sylvia, prim Vera and larger than life Rose.  All are searching for something.    They are guided by their teacher Mavis, a former professional chorus girl and aided (at times) by grumpy pianist Mrs Fraser.   We follow their road to self discovery and learn that their weekly classes are so much more than learning to dance; they are a lifeline for them all.

Sunday 4th August                             "PIRATES of PENZANCE"     Opera Hunter                 Matinee      $35.00

SYNOPSIS       The Pirates of Penzance tells the story of a young pirate apprentice named Frederic who has come to the end of his indentured period. As it turns out, Frederic was indentured by mistake. His half-deaf nurse had been instructed to apprentice him to a "pilot" but got it a little wrong. At any rate, Frederic has decided to leave the pirate life forever and, though he loves his comrades dearly, devote his life to the extermination of their kind. However, since he is until the stroke of midnight still one of them, he feels obliged to point out the pirates' weakness--they are too softhearted. Apparently, all a captive must do is plead to being an orphan and he is immediately released.

Admission Prices are correct at time of printing

Seats have been reserved at this time except for 30th June Symphony Concert



Please contact Jeff by EMAIL, if you intend to go, and number going. If you have friends who do not have email then advise them to phone me and leave a message with their name and contact details.

Contact Jeff Bishop Phone: 49461552

I will respond to your email with the details of the method of payment for your tickets
Please do not make any ticket payments into the U3A account until you are advised to do so

The Theatre club supports local amateur groups.

  • Most of the plays selected are comedies.
  • Plays marked with an (M) are 2pm matinees.
  • The cost varies, depending on the numbers attending.
  • Play only is usually between $17 and $25.
  • Where dinner is included the cost will be around $45 to $55.
  • We mainly use:  DAPA theatre – Hamilton;  Newcastle Theatre Company – Lambton; Gilbert and Sullivan Players – Georgetown, and Brunker Road Theatre – Adamstown.

Please note: We receive a discount for group bookings. For this reason you must contact Jeff Bishop to book your attendance.
I will respond to your email or phone call with the details of the method of payment for your tickets
To book for a play or request further information (regarding cost, payment and location), please contact Jeff on 49461552 or click the link below to email:

Guest Speakers Group

TERM   2,  2019       U3A EASTLAKES       GUEST SPEAKERS

Term 2 will see the return of Guest Speakers Program (Course 228)  which our retired Leader Kath Walsh initiated and ran so successfully.    Course will resume again at 1.30pm on Tuesday afternoons at the Salvation Army Hall in North Belmont.   The full list of speakers and their subjects are listed below :


Date Speaker
7/5 Ann Crump Ann, a Lake Macquarie Council historian, will discuss Jonathon Warner a significant character in Lake Macquarie history.
14/5 Jan McLeod Jan, a Newcastle author, will discuss her research on the medical challenges experienced in the 1942-43 Papuan campaign of the Pacific War, research initiated by access to old family documents.
21/5 Scott Lynch


Scott from Community Therapy will discuss: Fall Prevention in the home and associated welfare information that could help us, so we can continue to live better whilst living longer in our own homes as we age and/or cope with a disability.
28/5 Travis Morgan Travis, a FISHCARE volunteer will discuss aims of this organization to protect resources for future generations.
4/6 Garry Smith Garry, a retired teacher will discuss the Mountains, Canyons and Plains of Central Western states of the USA, areas he visited whilst in the USA.
11/6 Denise Sweeney Denise is a cancer survivor and author.  She hopes to raise awareness by discussing the strategies she used in her own private cancer battle and also by updating our knowledge of screening processes that are in use.
18/6 Anne Kelly Anne of Slow Food Hunter Valley, will discuss the merits of the global movement and its aim to provide nutritious, ethical and locally grown food for all.
25/6 Philip Bates Phil, a folk singer, will draw on his experiences to discuss the history of Folk Music in Newcastle