600 SECONDS Returns to Summer Nights!

After some time off, our short works program, 600 SECONDS, will return to Summer Nights in 2023! This training ground for performance will put makers through their paces to create and present a 10-minute piece.

There are three (training) programs to choose from: storytelling and theatre in HIIT, dance with MOVEMOVEMOVE, and experimental anything and everything in between late-night spots in AFTER HOURS. Take your pick or try all three.

Each program has been curated and mentored by industry heavyweights: Andrew Sutherland, Janine Oxenham, and Ash Baroque.

Your 600 SECONDS Line-Ups


High Intensity Interval Theatre
20 – 28 January 2023

The rule of this game: our five artists need to get their story told in just ten minutes. Can they Work. It. Out? Under the training of Writing Coach Andrew Sutherland, artists will be put through their paces and seasoned performers will be working a new muscle in this mixed bag of storytelling and text-based performance.

Featuring works by

  • Simeon Neo
  • Sophie Minnisale (every other theatre company)
  • Benjamin Quirk
  • Laura Liu
  • Scarlet Rose


It’s time to move
31 Jan – 4 Feb

Get that blood pumping. Catch five different movement and dance short works curated and mentored by Janine Oxenham in the one cardio session. The talent of Western Australia’s vibrant and dynamic dance artists will be showcased in the Theatre, transforming both space and body for a nightly program of rigorous and innovative movement performance. 

Featuring works by

  • Briannah Davis & Tom Mullane
  • Mustafa Al Mahdi
  • Xin Hui Ong
  • Barbara Hostalek (Mudskipper Productions)
  • Brent Rollins


Late night lock in
7 – 11 Feb

Like your local Snap Fitness, we’re going (almost) 24 hours here at Summer Nights. For those that like to work out late, catch our brand-new short works program curated and trained by the infamous Ash Baroque. From club-style spots such as drag and cabaret, performance art, to comedy bits, these five experimental works are results–guaranteed late–night fun. 

Featuring works by

  • Hot Blonde Slut
  • Marli Jupiter & Rhi Bryan
  • Matt Aitken
  • Danisa Martis

About the Curators

Andrew Sutherland
Andrew Sutherland (he/they) is a Queer Poz (PLHIV) writer and performance-maker creating work between Boorloo, Western Australia and Singapore. His collaborative performance works include Salome deltaMother of Compostsmall & cute oh no30 Day Free TrialPoorly Drawn SharkUnveiling: Gay Sex for Endtimes and a line could be crossed and you would slowly cease to be (Intercultural Theatre Institute 2019, Esplanade Singapore 2021).

As a poet, Andrew was awarded Overland’s Fair Australia Poetry Prize 2017, placed third for the Tom Collins Prize 2021 and runner-up in the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize 2022. His poetry, fiction and non-fiction can be found in a raft of national and international literary journals and anthologies, including CorditeWesterly, 聲韻詩刊 Voice & VerseRunning Dog, Fourteen Hill’s Queer Sci-Fi issue, EXHALE: an anthology of Queer voices from Singapore, and Margaret River Press’ We’ll Stand in That Place. His debut collection, Paradise (point of transmission), was published by Fremantle Press in August 2022. He is grateful to reside on Whadjuk Noongar boodja.

Janine Oxenham
Janine Oxenham is a Malgana Yamatji woman from the Shark Bay area in WA. She has studied dance at both NAISDA college, NSW and WAAPA, WA.

She has choreographed and performed as a freelance contemporary Indigenous dancer for numerous festivals in regional WA. In 2015 she mounted the work Willy Willy as part of the Ausdance’s Future Landings project. She has facilitated community dance groups and performed as part of the core crew for the travelling festival Gascoyne in May for the past 9 years.

More Recently, Janine has worked as Movement Director and choreographer for Yirra Yaakin (YY) and Perth Festival productions of Hecate and Panawathi Girl. She is currently working on various independent projects including working on telling stories of the Gondwana link with Annette Carmichael Projects, Josh Pether’s experimental durational work The Reckoning and her own work Contours, created of and for Country of the Gascoyne.

Ash Baroque
Infamously revered as The Prize Vulgarian, Ash Baroque is a theatre artist, creative director and producer. His work oscillates between provocative anarchy and tender rumination’s on the human condition. Baroque’s performance proposes a myriad of questions and confronts a vast array of subject matter, whilst plotting a revenge fantasy on the patriarchy. Born from queer art punk, Ash’s powder-keg persona is an homage to hedonism, reclaiming the individualist amidst an increasingly homogenised society. An authentic radical!

In 2009, founder Ash Baroque & co-director Strykermeyer birthed Voix de la Ville. Together they devoted their energy into fostering a space that facilitated visibility for queer arts and a
platform for alternative performance. Throughout the last decade, they produced a plethora of performance works and parties. In 2019, Voix de la Ville’s final instalment “Bonfire of the Vanities” was presented in the opening program of The Rechabite.

Most recently, Ash Baroque supported Methyl Ethel throughout their national tour of Australia, adding to his growing list of performance spaces; Glastonbury (UK), NYC Downlow (UK), Kashpoint (UK), Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras (NSW), Perth Festival (WA) amongst many more…