2019 @ The Seymour Centre

Rebecca Varidel
14th Dec 2018

My love affair with the Seymour Centre started in high school, with an unofficial excursion to a play by Sydney University students. It was bold, and left field, and for a girl who wasn't yet sexually mature, a little bit confronting, Rite Of Spring - with its scenes of simulated sex.

Our love continues and is looking event stronger for the coming year.

The Seymour Centre has unveiled their incredible line-up of productions for 2019, with a diverse program of world premieres and critically-acclaimed works.

In 2019 the Seymour Centre is proud to partner with Mardi-Gras to create Mardi Gras Central, which will see the Seymour Centre host 12 nights of wild and wonderful queer performance, theatre, music, dance, circus, cabaret and burlesque from world-class local and international artists. Amongst the smorgasbord of delights on offer, is the dark and defiant play directed by Kate Gaul, The Moors - a kinky homage to the Bronte sisters that is all about female power and what it is to write one's own story. From the team behind the sell-out show, The Trouble with Harry, this is a play of subversive edginess toppling male-oppressed milieus and taking strong, passionate female characters to new heights.

Other treats in the Mardi Gras season include the startling new work, King, from celebrated director and choreographer, Shaun Parker. The Rise and Fall of St George from Pop-icon Paul Mac and renowned playwright, Lachlan Philpott, and the inaugural Bent Burlesque, featuring some of the world's best queer burlesque stars who will bring their outrageous and outstanding brand of fun to the Seymour Centre over two fabulous nights.  

In April, the Seymour Centre's Artistic Director, Tim Jones, will direct the world premiere of Made to Measure, from the award-winning Australian playwright, Alana Valentine. Commissioned by University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, the show stars Megan Wilding (Blackie Blackie Brown), and uses Valentine's signature verbatim-style writing to give voice to the body-positive community by challenging deeply held prejudices around body image in both the fashion and wider arenas.

After wowing audiences in 2018 with The Flick and The Rolling Stone, Outhouse Theatre Company will return to the Reginald stage to present two more Sydney premieres in 2019. Gloria by Brandon Jacob-Jenkins is set in the offices of a hip New York magazine, where the banter is poisonous, and the work-culture is powered by status and Starbucks. This razor-sharp, dark comedy has blown audiences and critics away with the LA Times calling it "a stunning work-place comedy", The Chicago Tribune touting it as "shocking, hilarious and spectacularly honest".

In September, Outhouse will present John from wunderkind American playwright, Annie Baker after premiering in New York to rave reviews. A week after Thanksgiving in an eerie Pennsylvanian B'n'B, a cheerful host houses a young couple whose relationship is disintegrating while the house and its multitude of kitsch objects look on. Annie Baker’s sharp and atmospheric play explores loneliness, communication, and the question of whether objects do, indeed, have souls.

Heading to The Reginald Theatre in July for its Australian premiere is Tanya Ronder's thrilling and epic play, Table. Master craftsman David Best makes a table to celebrate his marriage in 1898, which passes through the family from generation to generation. From the lauded team that brought 2018's The Shifting Heart to Seymour audiences, comes this wonderfully humorous and deeply touching exploration of belonging, identity and what passes through time.

Before Rudd, Gillard, Rudd, Abbott and Turnbull there was Gough Whitlam. Award-winning musical theatre powerhouse, Squabbalogic will make a triumphant return to the Seymour Centre with a very special preview of their boundary-breaking musical-theatrical experience, The Dismissal. Conceived, directed and co-written by Jay James-Moody, The Pre-World Premiere of The Dismissal is a musical and theatrical experience like no other!

The incendiary and internationally-acclaimed smash-hit from the UK's Knaïve Theatre, Bin Laden: The One Man Show has swept the global fringe scene and will head to the Seymour Centre in 2019. This unnerving, unrelenting and unbelievable production is set to challenge Sydney audiences with a different perspective on one of the most notorious men of the 21st Century.

And 2019 will round out with a cheeky and riotously funny production, The Underpants, as adapted by legendary funny-man Steve Martin from the classic German play. The Underpants follows the aftermath of Louise Markes' accidental but very public fall of her bloomers. Directed by Sydney Theatre Award-winning actor, Anthony Gooley (Calamity Jane, A View from a Bridge, Of Mice and Men), this timely production of The Underpants is a wild satire ripe with innuendo and irreverence and is set to be a delightful way to end a spectacular year at the Seymour Centre.

In 2019, Seymour Centre will continue their commitment to arts in education with an exciting 11 weeks of syllabus-based performances and symposiums delivered by their outstanding resident company, Sport for Jove. Included in the 2019 program are Macbeth, The Tempest and The Crucible. These magnificent productions will also be on offer to the general public with special evening performances for everyone to enjoy.

Tickets for the Seymour Centre 2019 productions are on sale now via http://www.seymourcentre.com  or the Seymour Centre box office.







7 Feb - 1 Mar

The Moors

Siren Theatre Co and Seymour Centre

16 Feb


Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Siren Theatre Co and Seymour Centre

16 - 17 Feb

Bent Burlesque

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

16 - 22 Feb

Cake Daddy

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

20 - 24 Feb


Shaun Parker & company and Seymour Centre

20 Feb - 1 Mar

Club Briefs

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

23 Feb - 1 Mar

The Butch Monologues

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Siren Theatre Co and Seymour Centre

28 Feb

The Rise and Fall of St George

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in association with Performing Lines

1 Mar

Gavin Rayna Russon

Seymour Centre






6, 8, 9 Mar

The Betrayal Season: The Crucible

Sport for Jove and Seymour Centre

3 - 6 Apr

Bin Laden: The One Man Show

Seymour Centre

13 Apr

The Betrayal Season: Othello

Sport for Jove and Seymour Centre

3, 4, 11 May

The Betrayal Season: The Tempest

Sport for Jove and Seymour Centre

16 may - 1 Jun

Made to Measure

Seymour Centre

22, 24, 25 May

The Betrayal Season: The Merchant of Venice

Sport for Jove and Seymour Centre

6 - 29 Jun


Outhouse Theatre Co and Seymour Centre

7 & 8 Jun

The Betrayal Season: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Sport for Jove and Seymour Centre

18 - 22 Jun

The Pre-World Premiere of The Dismissal

Squabbalogic Independent Theatre Company

25 Jul - 17 Aug


Whitebox Theatre and Seymour Centre

19 Sep - 12 Oct


Outhouse Theatre Co and Seymour Centre

1 Oct - 16 Nov

The Underpants

Sugary Rum Productions