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October 2004
My Night With Reg
John and Benny
John and Benny


My Night With Reg

The Burton Taylor

TUE 19 - SAT 23 OCTOBER
7:30PM PERFORMANCE

£5.00/4.00 concessions

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By Laura Oultram

Set 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.

'My 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.

As 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.

As 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.

A pattern 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 comprehend.

This 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.

The 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.

This is an enjoyable play, easy to watch and very entertaining.

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