Theatre Now attended the launch of the Seymour Centre’s 2017 season and it looks exciting. It starts off in January (of course) with the Sydney Festival program and live music in the courtyard on Friday nights with the Seymour BBQ on hand.  Then the season starts to unfold with the powerhouse of Sydney Independent theatre dominating – Damian Ryan, Kate Gaul and Kim Hardwick. There are three sections to the 2017 season, the Reginald Season, Great Ideas Performance Season and the ‘add-on’ film event – a Sydney premiere screening of Julie’ Taymor’s recent Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

If you book before 31 Jan there is a 20% discount.


The Reginald Season

The Trouble with Harry by Lachlan Philpott
Directed Kate Gaul
the truly iconic Sydney story of the true case of Eugenia Falleni that scandalised 1920s Sydney, exploring ideas of gender, perversion and complicity

Blackrock by Nick Enright
Kim Hardwick’s disturbing new production.

Fallen by Seanna van Helten
Sport For Jove, in association with She Said Theatre
the world premiere production
featuring a stellar all-female cast and directed by Penny Harpham

They Shoot Horses Don’t They?  based on the 1935 novel by by Horace McCoy
Sport for Jove directed by Kim Hardwick

The Nether by Jennifer Haley
Catnip Productions
Australian premiere
One of the most disturbing plays to emerge in recent years, which asks – are crimes committed on-line actually real crimes?

No End of Blame by  Howard Barker
Damien Ryan’s new production of Howard Barker’s neglected twentieth century masterpiece starring Yalin Ozucelik

Great Ideas Performance Series 

2071 by Duncan Macmillan (1984) and Professor Chris Rapley
a work that deals with the most critical issue of our collective futures -climate change. The original production of 2071 garnered extraordinary reviews when it premiered at the Royal Court and was named by Guardian critic Michael Billington as one of the best plays of 2014. 2071 will be directed by Seymour’s Artistic Director Tim Jones, and features incredible digital projections designed by Media Artist Joe Crossley and an original score from Andree Greenwell

Best Festival Ever: How to Manage a Disaster
An interactive table-top production that is part theatre, part performance lecture and part board game from Australian science-theatre ensemble, Boho Interactive. Limited to 32 audience members per performance.

Grace Under Pressure
in association with The Big Anxiety Festival

A new verbatim play about protecting the mental health of young doctors. Co-commissioned by Seymour Centre and The Big Anxiety Festival of Interactive Arts, this world premiere production is created by David Williams and Paul Dwyer in association with the Sydney Arts and Health Collective

Give Me Your Love by “seriously funny” UK theatre artists Ridiculusmus
explores the potential use of MDMA (Ecstasy) as a legitimate way to treat PTSD in returned soldiers.
 

A special “add-on” film event

A Sydney premiere screening of Julie’ Taymor’s recent Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This event gives audiences the chance to experience one of the world’s most significant theatre artists exploring big ideas in contemporary theatricality: “Visually stunning…Taymor lets her imagination run wild and creates striking stage pictures…classic Taymor — a director unafraid of daring.”   -New York Daily News


Tickets for productions in The Seymour Centre 2017 program are on sale now via http://www.seymourcentre.com/