in a flat belonging to the jittery, bumbling character Guy (played
by James Bounds), a flat warming party is beginning, where he and
an old university acquaintance John (Michael Reed) chat nervously,
anticipating the arrival of other friends.
Night with Reg' focuses on the lives of the characters, all of whom
share one thing in common; they are gay. The men move within similar
circles and reminisce about their time spent at university; talk
about recent events and all have a story to tell, mainly including
their night with a man named Reg.
the script unfolds it becomes apparent that Reg has had an effect
on all of the men's lives in some way, and although his character
does not feature physically in the performance, it provides the
structure and twist to the story.
each scene following the first begins with news of a death, the
men worry about relationships, love, getting old and the ever-increasing
risk of STD's, which features strongly in the depth of the story,
but somewhat inconspicuously during the performance.
emerges throughout the story, which includes a mix of comedy, surrounded
by sadness. Each character is dealing with different circumstances,
encompassing an aspect within their life they are finding hard to
performance was well acted by the all male cast, a group of six
Oxford University students. The acting was believable, emotional
and commendable, particularly given the size of the set and proximity
with the audience.
performance was light-hearted with inevitable sexual innuendos,
a typical gay stereotype Daniel (played by Colin Warriner), a terribly
mismatched but hilarious couple Bernie and Benny (played by David
Cochrane and Campbell Davidson) and the naive young decorator Eric
(Frank Brinkley), who helps to make Guy feel thoroughly inadequate
and well past his use by date.
is an enjoyable play, easy to watch and very entertaining.