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Summer Nights is The Blue Room Theatre’s curated program of theatre and performance, taking place as part of Western Australia’s biggest annual arts festival – FRINGE WORLD. In 2019, the festival will run from 18 January to 17 February.
With the aim of presenting high-quality, diverse and contemporary live events within the FRINGE WORLD environment, Summer Nights is our opportunity to showcase what’s next in independent performance, from our own backyard and around the world.
Artists from around the corner and across the globe are invited to submit works that excite, inspire, and provoke to fill our venues for four wonderful weeks over the balmy Perth summer. Whether they’re heartfelt stories, genre-defying spectaculars, intimate experiments or tried and tested audience pleasers, we want to hear about them all.
In 2019, Summer Nights venues include our very own 49 and 61 seat black box theatres, as well a bespoke 90 seat theatre at the State Theatre Centre of WA.
In addition, we welcome applications from works that sit outside traditional performances spaces; whether that be outdoors, in rehearsal rooms, found spaces, backyards, on the move, or
anywhere else. Perth is your playground, and we encourage you and our audiences to explore it all.
In 2018 we welcomed over 10,000 people through our doors and took home our seventh consecutive FRINGE WORLD Best Independent Program Award, along with Best Independent Venue Award. Over the past three years, Summer Nights artists and productions have taken home 17 art-form awards across categories including the Martin Sims Award (the top gong of FRINGE WORLD), Best Theatre, Best Comedy, Best Children’s Event, Arts Editor, Emerging Artist, and Blaz Award (for writing).
We look forward to hearing from you, and curating another incredible season of performance for Summer Nights 2019.
“Summer Nights is by far the best fringe theatre I have been involved in. For me, travelling from Melbourne, I would not come across from FRINGE WORLD if I were not part of the Summer Nights program. The FRINGE WORLD festival is great, but I come for The Blue Room Theatre.”
Wil Greenway – Writer, Performer & Producer, The way the city ate the stars
> One of the most generous box office splits at FRINGE WORLD
> Free venue hire including full festival lighting rig, AV and sound
> Expert marketing and publicity support including a full listing in the Summer Nights full-colour program, an event page on TBRT website and inclusion in a substantial marketing campaign.
> We’ll run your box office and front of house
> Being a part of a successful, established live performance program (winner of Best Independent Program at FRINGE WORLD seven years in a row)
> Professional theatre venues with dedicated full-time staff
> Access to The Blue Room Theatre staff, including Producers, Technician Manager and Marketing Manager, for support and advice in the lead up to and during the festival
> No added public liability insurance required (once you become a financial member of The Blue Room Theatre at $50 per year)
> Visa and tax office assistance for international artists
All of this PLUS the perks of having a show as part of FRINGE WORLD!
All Summer Nights information including application pack and application forms are available in accessible formats, upon request. Formats include word documents and large print.
We also accept applications for Summer Nights in accessible formats. Please email harriet[at]blueroom.org.au or call 08 9227 7005 for further information.
Alternatively, click through the performance program links below to find out what we have on offer for 2019 and for links to the application form.
2019 PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS
THE BLUE ROOM THEATRE + STUDIO:
The Blue Room Theatre (61 capacity) and Studio (49 capacity) are intimate and flexible black box spaces. These venues have been operational for 29 years and attract audiences who are willing to take risks, enjoy diversity in performance and champion innovation. The venues are intimate and can accommodate small-to-medium productions with professional design that do not require a large amount of space for storage. We welcome applications ranging from tried and tested crowd pleasers to exploratory ideas. More information here.
SUMMER NIGHTS AT STATE THEATRE CENTRE OF WA:
In 2019 The Blue Room Theatre and State Theatre Centre of WA will continue our partnership to present a season of exceptional live performance in a bespoke 90 seat venue. We are seeking proposals for high-quality, presentation-ready works that can sit alongside the best the world has to offer. Find out more.
OUTDOOR EVENTS + AMAZING IDEAS THAT SIMPLY WON’T FIT IN A TRADITIONAL THEATRE:
While most Summer Nights action takes place in our performance spaces, the streets of Perth during FRINGE WORLD are packed with hungry, festival-fit audiences. We want to hear from artists who plan on taking to the streets, rehearsals rooms, caravans or parks with their work, whatever form they take. Reconsider your relationship with form and audience, and get down and dirty with Perth’s eccentricities. Immerse your work in our building, street, skyline, or neighbourhood; from our doorstep to the dunes, no idea is too big or too small. We’re also interested in free events that engage with local communities, from the most intimate to the largest of scales. More information here.
This much loved short-works program of The Blue Room Theatre’s Summer Nights 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. This year we’re asking you to rise to a new challenge. Find out more.
We are seeking applications from dance artists and choreographers interested in creating a new piece of performance between 5 – 30 minutes long for presentation as part of MicroMove during Summer Nights 2019. This season will be curated and mentored by Laura Boynes and asks movement makers to step forward and take a risk. It asks for urgency and necessity; in 2019, what is it that drives you to create movement? More information here.
MARKETING + PUBLICITY
The Blue Room Theatre will provide all Summer Nights productions with marketing and publicity support. Find out more.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Still have some burning questions? Check out our responses to Summer Nights FAQ’s here. If you’re question is still left unanswered, send us an email.
> 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
Image Credit: Header – Duncan Wright, Summer Nights Campaigns – Duncan Wright (2018), Tanya Voltchanskaya (2015, 2016, 2017), Simon Pynt (2014), Jackson Eaton (2013)