REAGAN KELLY by Lewis Treston

CO-PRESENTED WITH ROCKET BOY ENSEMBLE

Tim Hill directs award winning playwright Lewis Treston’s quintessentially Brisbane show that Queensland audiences have never seen.

Everyone is telling former school captain Reagan Kelly that she should get a degree, get a job, get married and do the whole ‘life’ thing… but what do they really know about life? Her parents are getting divorced, her brother is dating a creep, even her gay best friend has lost his sparkle. But, when Reagan wakes up next to a nineteen year old nice guy, she begins to wonder if she should start playing by the rules or whether it’s always better to set the things that ‘matter’ ablaze.

Reagan Kelly is a bitterly hysterical comedy about trying to find meaning when life has stopped making sense.

KEY CREATIVES

Lewis Treston – Playwright
Tim Hill – Director
Danielle Carney – Producer

Jessica Palfrey – Designer
Shea Hines – Assistant Designer
Shannon Maugham – Stage Manager

CAST
Emily Carr, Chris Kellett, Elise Greig, Jeremiah Wray, Lisa Huynh, Fraser Crane & Jackson McGovern. 

Image by Matthew Doueal.

DATES

20 March – 30 March

ARTISTS

Rocket Boy Ensemble

Rocket Boy Ensemble is a Brisbane based group of like-minded artists whose vision is to create opportunities for artists of varying disciplines to collaborate together on new Australian work, from traditional narrative driven theatre to innovative performance events. Our past projects include Romeo & Juliet, Pre- Drinks by Lewis Treston, a creative development of ‘That Vagina Play’ as apart of HOTA’s Indie season and most recently a new experimental work ‘A Toast to Joni’ has received its first development in Brisbane.​

Lewis Treston

Lewis is an award-winning emerging playwright based in Queensland. This year his new comedy Meat Eaters received a Rough Draft development at the Sydney Theatre Company. His Patrick White Award winning comedy Hot Tub was commissioned by ATYP as a part of their writer in residence program and was also presented as a moved reading as a part of the La Boite HWY festival. Follow Me Home was commissioned by ATYP in conjunction with ACYP and will premier at Riverside Theatres in 2019. His short play The Arcade was presented as a part of Intersection at ATYP and published by Currency Press. In 2015 his play Reagan Kelly was produced by NIDA as a graduation piece and was subsequently shortlisted for Belvoir’s Philip Parsons Fellowship. Other plays and screenplays include Pre-Drinks, Anita Elizabeth Jensen, Fireworks and Blood & Tinsel. He is a graduate from both NIDA and QUT. 

TIM HILL

B.A. Griffith University, ATCL Trinity College London, MFA Directing NIDA 

Timothy Hill is a freelance director of musical theatre, plays, cabaret, dance and film. In 2015 he completed a Masters of Fine Arts Directing at NIDA under the tutorship of Dr. Egil Kipste). Currently directing Spring Awakening (Underground Broadway) and Bang Bang: Featuring Ronda Burchmore  (TAM Presents/Brisbane Festival). Recent directing credits include sold out production of Wheel of Fortune (Metro Arts/TAM Presents) Rent (QPAC/Matt Ward Entertainment) This Is Our Youth (Underground Broadway) Rent (Matt Ward Entertainment/Powerhouse) new Australian Musical Showtrain (Federation University) and Mary Poppins (Arts Centre Gold Coast) Into The Woods (The Performers Studio/Arts Centre Gold Coast), Cabaret, A Cabaret (The Performers Studio). Other career highlights include; for Raw Metal: Metalworx (Writer/Assistant Director), Amped (Writer/Assistant Director), Funky Beats (Writer/Director – critically acclaimed national tour) and in Melbourne: From The Inside (Co-Director – Industry Dance), Evolution of Love (Collaboration – Writer/Co-Director), Time: A Story Of Youth (Project Y Writer/Co- Director) Electric Avenue (Troy Armstrong) Twist and Turns (Oscar Theatre Company – Director) and Off/On (Oscar Theatre Company – Director) Spring Awakening (Nida – Director). His directorial work in film includes: film clip Gold for Triple J unearthed artist Donatachi in 2015. As assistant director Stranger I Am (NIDA- Craig Ilott) As dramaturg Left Behind & Uninvited Guest (Merge Dance Theatre). As a teacher he has conducted his acting, acting for musical theatre, theatre and production classes at leading training and tertiary institutions around the country.

DANIELLE CARNEY

Danielle is a Brisbane based producer and director. She is a co-founder of Rocket Boy Ensemble a collective specialising in event based immersive theatre. Most recently she produced and directed a new work, A TOAST TO JONI (2018).

Her credits include: PRE-DRINKS by Lewis Treston for (Rocket Boy Ensemble 2013 and Anywhere Theatre Festival 2014) RETAIL THERAPY by Cassandra Waterford (Wonderland Festival 2016), Ragtime (Anywhere Theatre Festival 2016), CONNECT FOUR by Alanya Bridge (Harvest Rain and Home of the Arts 2015), 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM SPELLING BEE (Underground Productions 2014), OASIS: THE MUSICAL by Bradley McCaw (2 High Festival – mentored by Sue Rider 2015), FAT/SNOB by Lewis Treston (Short and Sweet 2015), THE ART OF CONVERSATION by David Steward (Short and Sweet Festival, winner: Best Comedy award 2013) Romeo and Juliet for Rocket Boy Ensemble (Rocket Boy 2012). She also had the privilege of working with some of Queensland’s most accomplished artists as apart of OPERA QUEENSLAND’s OPEN STAGES program in 2015 and 2016.