New artists. New questions. New inspirations. New performances. Ten minutes only.
600 Seconds is the much loved short-works program of The Blue Room Theatre’s Summer Nights, and it returns to delight audiences in 2019.
Ideal for emerging artists wanting to dip their toe into Fringe, or for familiar faces keen to road-test a new idea, 600 Seconds is a mixed-bag of bite sized experiences. Though performers are unpaid, 600 Seconds participants receive a host of other benefits including mentorship from a matched professional artist and a Summer Nights artist pass.
We’ll give you a stage, tech support and an audience for your short piece if you give us an idea we can’t refuse. Successful applicants will be programmed into a group that will perform at least twice over a one week season, which will run from 5 – 9 February 2019. Audiences vote on their favourites from each night to give some artists a chance to perform a third time in our BEST OF evening to finish off the program.
This year we’re asking you to rise to a new challenge. We want to jump-start your creativity, or perhaps help you reinvigorate a piece that’s been collecting cobwebs in the corner. Heartbreaking, wasteful, or a total overreaction, we want pieces that respond to the idea of ‘Spilt milk.’
Take a risk! You may interpret this theme as literally or as laterally as you wish. The world is your udder. We celebrate applications across all forms of live performance, and can’t wait for you to pitch us your Ode to Up’n’Go, your choccy-milk dramedy, or any dairy dream you might whip up. We want to hear from you all. Just make sure it’s no longer than 600 seconds!
> Wednesday 13 June 2018: Summer Nights, 600 Seconds and MicroMove applications open
> 5pm, Wednesday 11 July 2018: Applications for full length Summer Nights productions close
> Friday 10 August 2018: All Summer Nights applicants will be notified of outcomes by this date
> 5pm Monday 20 August 2018: 600 Seconds and MicroMove applications close
> Friday 7 September 2018: All 600 Seconds and MicroMove applicants will be notified of outcomes by this date
> 18 January – 17 February 2019: FRINGE WORLD 2019
“Participating was an opportunity to experiment in a way that wasn’t overwhelming due to the constant support and encouragement of The Blue Room team. By providing an environment that focused on both professional and personal growth, the program allowed me to develop as a performer, writer and theatre maker.”
Maddie Godfrey – Development Program Artist 2018