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Maitland Musical Society
Saturday, 30 July, 7.30 pm
Sunday, 31 July, 1.30 pm

Ghosts of Operas Past

The James Theatre Dungog is delighted to host the Maitland Musical Society which is staging an original work, Ghosts Of Operas Past! With a libretto written by local Paul Causley, it follows the story of the Upper Wallabadah Musical Appreciation Society, as they endeavour to stage a performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan show. The production includes many well known and loved G&S songs, such as I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General, Tit Willow, With Cat Like Tread and Never Mind The Why And Wherefore. The production finishes with the Upper Wallabadah Society performing Trial By Jury, Gilbert & Sullivan’s first Operetta.

Jeanette Massey once again dons the cap of Director, with Ian Massey as Musical Director, Paul Causley as Assistant Director and Angie Ussher as Choreographer. Bring your family and friends along for what is sure to be a fantastic performance of singing, laughter and merriment.

Ticket Prices

Adult – $25
Pensioner/Concession – $20
Child (5-15 years) – $15
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) – $70
Children under the age of 5 gain free admission

Tickets at the door, or online at the MMS Box Office



Family Movie
Saturday, 6 August, 4 pm

The BFG (PG)

The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved children’s classic “The BFG” to life. Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of sweet orphan Sophie and the big friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul, who  introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.



Weekend Movie
Saturday, 6 August, 7 pm

Ghostbusters (2016) (PG)

Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today, including  Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon. Who you gonna call?


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Newcastle Conservatorium Showcase
Sunday, 7 August, 2 pm

String Showcase

This is the final “Showcase Sundays at the James” where peformers from the Newcastle Conservatorium are coming to Dungog to present concerts of fine music at the James Theatre.

The ‘String Showcase’ concert will start at 2.00pm, and comprise two 40 minute sets with a 20 minute intermission. Prices are $15 for adults, $10 children under 16, and $40 for a family pass of two adults and two children.

Tickets can be booked online by clicking here. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.



Community Project Launch
Wednesday, 17 August, 5–7 pm

Boomerang Bags

Meet young scientists at the launch of this local community initiative to remove plastics from our environment. Special Guests, Presentations, Screenings, Displays, Q&A, followed by refreshments.



International Science Film Festival
Friday, 19 August, 7 pm

Best of SCINEMA (M)

Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub is proud to be presenting THE BEST OF SCINEMA – 2 hours of the most amazing films from the 2016 SCINEMA International Science Film Festival showcasing the diversity of science films from across the globe. From drama to documentaries, animations or epic natural history, we’re passionate about the power of the moving image to tell stories about the world, how it works, and our place in it. Whether it’s the long slog and occasional thrill of discovery, the awesome scale of our universe, the beauty of nature, environmental challenges that we face on our planet, or how technology will shape our future. Make us laugh or cry, rage or recoil, but most of all make us think. Click here for full program details.



Film Society
Sunday, 21 August, 7 pm

Mustang (M)

Mustang is a 2015 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Turkish-French film director Deniz Gamze Ergüven. The film tells the story of five young orphaned sisters living in a remote Turkish village, who live under strict rules while members of their family prepare arranged marriages for them. The sisters share a common passion for freedom, and find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them. Mustang was screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and won four 
Cesar awards, including Best First Feature Film, and  Best Original Screenplay,



Foreign Film Festival
Friday, 26 August, 7 pm
Saturday, 27 August, 11 am, 1.30, 3.30, 7.30 pm

AGOG a feast of foreign films

AGOG is back again this year with a smorgasbord of films from around the world. Starting at 7pm on Friday 26 August with hit French film The Belier Family, Agog continues with four films on Saturday 27 August, commencing at 11am. Our famous Supper behind the Screen also returns, prior to the final film on Saturday night.
Tickets are now available to purchase online here, and get in fast for the early bird special. Ticket prices are:

  • Early bird until August 15 – all five films, $65
  • All five films regular price – $70
  • Single films – $15
  • Supper behind the Screen $35
    (A small booking fee is also charged at the time of purchase.)

The full program is:

  • 7pm, Friday 26 August – The Belier Family, France
  • 11am, Saturday 27 August – The Crow’s Egg, India
  • 1.30pm, Saturday 27 August – Tanna, Vanuatu
  • 3.30pm, Saturday 27 August – Leviathan, Russia
  • 6.15pm, Saturday 27 August – Supper behind the Screen
  • 7.30pm, Saturday 27 August – Rams, Iceland

For full details of the films click here.
If you’re from out of town, why not make a weekend of it in Dungog. Contact the Dungog Visitor Information Centre for accommodation options, on 02 4992 2212 (9-5 Monday to Friday, 10-3 Saturday and Sunday).



Weekend Movie
Saturday, 10 September, 7 pm

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie (CTC)

London publicist Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and best friend Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to: shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hot-spots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, when they accidentally knock supermodel Kate Moss into the River Thames. they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!



Film Society
Sunday, 18 September, 7 pm

Goldstone (M)

Goldstone is a crime thriller written and directed by Ivan Sen. It is a sequel to Mystery Road and stars Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, Jacki Weaver, David Wenham and David Gulpilil. Indigenous Detective Jay Swan arrives in the frontier town of Goldstone on a missing persons enquiry. What seems like a simple light duties investigation opens a web of crime and corruption. Jay must pull his life together and bury his differences with young local cop Josh, so together they can bring justice to Goldstone. Goldstone is one of the key Aussie films of the year with a tough cast, fine playing and a vivid sense of time and dusty, dangerous place.


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    Maitland Musical Society
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    Maitland Musical Society
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