Oral History Program
Theatre Heritage Australia
Reg Livermore and Kevin Trask

Reg Livermore AO

Reg Livermore was born in Parramatta, Sydney in 1938. He began in showbusiness at an early age. Reg has had an outstanding career as an actor, singer, theatrical performer, designer, director, lyricist and writer and popular television presenter.

Reg attended acting classes in his teenage years and got his first professional engagement at The Phillip Street Theatre. He had a remarkable opportunity to learn his craft working at the Ensemble Theatre in numerous plays with Hayes Gordon as his teacher. Reg went on to play principal roles in stage musicals such as Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Rocky Horror Show.

I loved the diversity of his work over the years and I saw many of his “one man shows” during the 1970’s where he played some great characters.

Reg continued with his television work between stage shows and had great success on the Our House programme on Channel 9. In his later years Reg performed in productions of The Producers and Wicked. In 1996 Reg was awarded the AO.

His autobiography, Chapters and Chances, was published in 2004 and in 2018 his second book Stages – Reg Livermore a Memoir.

It was an honour to meet him at press conferences and publicity interviews. He was always fun and a gentleman.

Reg Livermore has won many awards during his career and rightly so – he is a legend of the Australian stage.


Kevin Trask

Kevin Trask has worked in theatre as an actor, director and producer for many years and has won numerous Victorian Drama League Awards.

Kevin has produced shows with artists such as Diana Trask, Ted Hamilton, Robert Grubb, Dorothy Baker, Reg Gorman and Paul Jennings. 

Radio broadcasting has always been a passion and Kevin has been with 3AW for more than 20 years. He presents a weekly segment with Philip Brady and Simon Owens on the top rating programme Remember When. Kevin has also worked professionally on 3AK and 4BC.

He has been presenting his programme on community radio 96.5 Inner FM in Melbourne for more than 30 Years. During that time, he has interviewed many famous overseas stars as well as Australian artists from all areas of showbusiness.

Kevin writes a weekly newspaper column for The Local Paper which is distributed throughout Victoria.

He has been a member of MEAA since 1982.


Reg Livermore

Interviewer: Kevin Trask


Disclaimer: Any views or opinions expressed in these oral history interviews are those of the individuals speaking and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the Theatre Heritage Australia Incorporated committee or members.