The Reginald Theatre is an intimate 153 seat theatre within the Seymour Complex on the grounds of Sydney University. I began to look at the image of the physical embodiment of Reginald and wonder who he represented. I found out that Reginald was actually a person who lived up until 1966. A Sydney businessman and philanthropist named Everest Reginald York Seymour, who upon his death made a bequest for the "construction of a building to serve as a centre for the cultivation, education and performance of musical and dramatic arts." Thus, the Seymour Centre was born and with it, the Reginald Theatre.
The Reginald Theatre prides itself on presenting great performances from some of Australia's leading small and independent arts companies.
The 2015 season continues along this vein and reaches into some new territory to explore indie theatre, along with the "truly innovative musical theatre productions by Sydney based production company Squabbalogic and Sport of Jove".
Commencing the season is a production by Red Stitch Theatre Company. Grounded, won the Fringe First Award in Edinburgh in 2013, as well as 5 Green Room Awards nominations and had a highly successful season in 2014. What's it about? A woman fighter pilot is grounded after becoming pregnant and the roles of soldier and mother become something to explore.
Following this look at the life of a female pilot, warfare and motherhood, is a "hilarious musical dinosaur sex comedy that may transform your understanding of gender." Triassic Parq introduces T-Rex a female who suddenly turns male. The performance is musical and "filled with laughter, tears, wonderment and dinosaurs," singing dinosaurs.
In July, the Classic John Stienbeck story "Of Mice and Men" appears at the Reginald to make its everlasting imprint upon your soul. For this is storytelling at its best and Sport for Jove, an Australian homegrown production company, is presenting this for you.
Edward II begins in October. A 1593 tragedy that tells us the politics of the personal. Or was it how personal politics can be? Directed by Terry Karabelas, priced so that you have no excuse for not attended.
Finally, there is Grey Gardens, a hilarious oddly honest and somehow endearing look at Jack Kennedy's "reclusive Aunt and cousin." Squabbllogic brings this gift of life experience and possibly life experimentation to the Reginald for you to be fully enchanted and step into this magical world with what critics have described as "a world class musical score."
If you become a friend of Reg and buy tickets to two or more Reginald Season productions you save 20% on Adult single ticket prices. This can keep you in touch with the magic of theatre and the arts.
The Reginald Theatre presents some amazing Australian and international musical and theatrical experiences that are reasonably priced, so there is no excuse not to attend at least one performance in 2015.