March 29, 2010

After an amazing six months Totoro’s has decided to close.

This Thursday, April 1st from 5pm is the last night at Totoro’s Tea House. There’ll be a display of photographs and we’ll be playing our favourite records. Please come along. The address is 1/111 Hunter Street, Newcastle.

We’re going to miss: Thursday nights, making new friends, playing records, serving tea, numminummi balls and ginger sparkle cookies…

We’re not going to miss: doing dishes!!!!

PS/ stay in touch because we’re excited about the future and wanna reinvent Totoro’s into something even more amazing!!!


live at the teahouse + ALOHATIKILUAU

February 17, 2010

04-02-10: Live At The Teahouse, featuring Brendan Maclean, Bhenjamyn Phraser, and Jephthah Francis.

05-02-10: AlohaTikiLuau, come check it out, yes? Exhibition up until March 5th.

Oh, and we invented a delicious new herbal blend! ‘Aloha Bambi!’: hibiscus flowers, juniper berries, and red clover. Come try it hot or iced. It’s good for you!!!!! xxxx


December 28, 2009

Next exhibition at Totoro’s Tea House is Hawaiin-theme: Aloha! Tiki! Luau! (think summer, the beach, under-the-sea, hula, vacation, clambake, coconuts, cliche!!) and will go from January 22nd until the end of February. We’re after artists for this show, so if anyone is interested in submitting art or performing at the opening they should contact us at:

more photos from Friday: The Greatest Show on Earth

December 11, 2009

Thanks to Marni for these photos ūüôā

The Greatest Show on Earth

December 7, 2009

Here are some photos from Friday night’s show at Totoro’s Tea House – hopefully we’ll put a few more up over the next few days. The night was a great success; we drank strawberry punch, enjoyed the talent (see the line up below), and ended it all with a bout of violent hula-hooping accompanied by Honky Tonk Classics.

The exhibition will stay up for the next month, so come take a look and enjoy a pot of tea (or coffee – we now do percolated coffee!) All of the works are for sale, so if you’re interested in a particular piece please let us know and we can send you the details.

And just a reminder, our opening hours are currently: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Art by:

Rebecca Murphy
Neil Tomkins
Jessica Klingelfuss
Licky the Cream
Trine Deans
David Hampton
Grant Hunter
Licky the Fox

Performances by:

Barry’s Bag
Holographic Cocoon
Bhenjamin Phraser
A Dire Dawn
New Caledonian Blue

& tea leaf reading by Madame Moonwort!

Totoro Brothers’ Travelling Circus: The Greatest Show on Earth!

November 25, 2009

Just over a week until our circus show so¬†hurry¬†up and get in contact¬†if you’re interested in being involved. Can you juggle? Paint faces? Hula hoop? Join our circus! It doesn’t really travel and it’s only for one night:

Friday 4th of December, 6.00pm-10.00pm

Totoro’s Tea House – 1/111 Hunter Street, Newcastle

Featuring: art, music, performance, tealeaf reading, popcorn, costumes…

This is set to be an AH-MAZING night… DON’T BE BORING! COME TO THE CIRCUS!

As always, please make emails to:


October 26, 2009

We have exciting plans for a circus-themed exhibition, so if you’re interested in being involved please get in contact. We’re after artworks, writing, performance, anything with a circus theme. The tea house will be transformed into a beautiful big-top for the event! Exhibition starts mid-November, opening date not yet confirmed. for more information.


October 12, 2009

Oh hi.

We have this amazing space on the Hunter Street Mall in Newcastle that is just sitting empty for four days of the week. We’d really love if you were to organise some events to take place in our shop: workshops, discussions, exhibitions, readings, launches,¬†performances, private (tea)parties…

We have couches, tables + seating, free wifi, and a selection of delicious teas. If you’re interested in using the space then contact us at:

teaNA weekend

October 6, 2009

What an amazing and amazingly exhausting weekend we have had! Our opening was a great success and we were far too busy to be taking photos, but here are a few that have surfaced from the weekend:


Lazy afternoon.


Delicious soy chai + honey for two.


Craig Schuftan’s disco lecture, ‘You Can’t Stop The Musing’.


National Young Writers’ Festival Roundtable Discussion: Space invaders: DIY and artist-run festivals.


Maddy Phelan plays Indie-Breaky Heart.

Thank-yous to all our friends (old + new) for dropping by, Craig and Kirileigh, the Format kids, Leigh, and anyone else who did some dishes!

We’ll be open this week: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10.00am – 5.00pm serving delicious tea and soup!!

A sign of good things to come

September 25, 2009

Today I finished painting the sign we made for the inside of the shop. It will hang above the counter where previously there was a horrible fluorescent thing advertising the ‘energy bar’ that once stood where we do now. I didn’t think too hard about it and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out – it’s fluid and unfinished and charming, which is how I would like our tea house to be also.


Maybe I will do some more work on it later… that black is awfully black! What do you think?