Reading Rep are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for the second play in their 2013/14 season: PROOF by David Auburn.
Xn caught up with them during rehearsals ahead of what looks to be a gripping performance. Featuring an acclaimed cast with Siân Goff, Kyle Fraser, Kate Tydman and Julian Bird in the line-up, “Proof” looks set to be filled with a Pandora’s Box of emotions as the audience are taken on a journey with the characters.
By way of background to Reading Rep’s inception, Executive Director Aidan Grounds said, “It all started around 18months to 2 years ago. Paul Stacey, our Artistic Director, saw a gap in the market for professional theatre in Reading, and Reading Rep came into being. We’re about producing national standard repertory work on a regional level. Since then, we have produced three productions per year; this is our second season, and Proof is our second production this season.”
When asked about the residency at Jelly, and the partnering with Reading College, which is the home of Reading Rep, Aidan added, “Our residency at Jelly has come at a really exciting time for us. Suzanne (from Jelly) has been brilliant with us. Our stage residency at Reading College has been of immense benefit to us; without their support and infrastructure our journey would have been a lot harder, and it’s due to this infrastructure that Reading Rep has been able to grow quickly. We provide educational assistance and also do a lot of schools work in addition to community workshops where our staff of theatre professionals share their trade secrets on teamwork, body language, presentation and speaking with confidence. In addition, an employability lecturer supports jobskeeing and provides information, guidance and advice.
Moving back to the production, Proof is about love, loss and mental illness. It is said to be one of the most acclaimed productions of this century.
Hal, a student of the recently deceased maths professor Robert, discovers a ground-breaking mathematical proof in Robert’s old office. The struggle is on to find out who wrote it.
Could it be Catherine, the daughter of Robert? She is mentally unstable, struggling to deal with the death of her genius father, and can’t resist the advances of Hal.
UPDATE: Xn’s review of ‘Proof’ is here.
Proof is showing from April 8 to April 22 with matinee performances included in the schedule. It is performed at the home of Reading Rep, the College Performing Arts Centre, Reading College Kings Road Campus, Kings Road, Reading RG1 4HJ. Tickets are on sale now via the website.
For more information about Reading Rep, productions, ticket prices and performance times visit at www.readingrep.com. You can follow them on Twitter @ReadingRep or contact them for more details about their productions and performance schedules on (0118) 960 6060.