Our annual April – December Development Season is the cornerstone of The Blue Room Theatre’s artistic program. Each year, it sees around 14 independent new works offered unparalleled support from conception to presentation in our two black box theatre spaces for a series of three week seasons diverse in form, content, genre, artists and practice.

We welcome applications from artists who are looking to challenge themselves and their form, explore new territory, grow their skills, diversify participation in the arts, comment on contemporary life, push boundaries and offer new experiences. Artists and companies whose work is selected to be produced during the Development Season are offered unparalleled support across all aspects of their production.

The April – December Development Season is programmed through a rotating independent panel of peer assessors chosen by The Blue Room Theatre. Peers change from season to season, and the assessors aim to curate a program of works in a way that fulfils our purpose of championing independent artists, new work, and new ways of making work in consideration of the selection criteria.

Due to Covid-19, between April and August next year, we will be re-programming cancelled season shows from 2020. We will still have new opportunities for new works to be programmed from September – December 2021. The main change to this process will be a delay in the application callout to early 2021, instead of the anticipated September 2020 callout. Stay tuned for the information pack and call out dates.

Development Season 2021
Info Pack Released and Applications Open: February/March 2021
Applications Due: March/April 2021
Notification By: Early May 2021
Season Dates: September – December 2021
Finalised dates for the program will be released in late 2020.

Applicants for the Development Season are not required to have a project meeting with The Blue Room Theatre’s Producer ahead of applying. Instead, we will host a series of info sessions whilst applications are open which will demystify the application process and form, speak to the program and support on offer, and allow a forum for applicants to ask questions. The schedule of information sessions will be released at the time applications open.

Projects that fit the following criteria are eligible to apply for a Development Season presentation:
– Works between 50 – 120 minutes in duration
– Works that create opportunities for professional development
– Independent productions by project-based producers, companies and artists rather than annually funded or commercial organisations
– Theatre, dance or performance work
– Works by emerging and established professional artists with a range of backgrounds and experience
– Work that has not been presented in WA, including new local and international plays and timely reinterpretations of current and classic texts
– Works that have obtained or sought rights (for existing scripts only)
– Applicants must be a member of The Blue Room Theatre

We facilitate a series of producer support meetings with each project in the lead up to production week to touch base and support in marketing plans and execution, technical needs, FOH requirements and production progress. Development Season Productions also receive a $2000 cash seed fund in support of the project, alongside a generous box office split and access to a mentorship fund to engage with industry experts.

The Blue Room Theatre runs an overarching marketing and publicity campaign for the Development Season as a whole. In support of each independent production, we provide advice and correspondence in the management and strategy of individual campaigns alongside a series of focussed professional development workshops, so marketers and publicists can upskill and learn how to capitalise on opportunities for current and future shows.

Venue & Technical
Development Season productions enjoy exclusive and in-kind use of a theatre space for four weeks, comprising of a one week bump-in and a three week presentation season. Our Venue and Operations Manager has a wealth of knowledge in all things tech, and is a great resource in assisting production teams to plan for their project, troubleshoot problems, and ensure the setup is as functional and safe as possible.

The Blue Room Theatre provides ticketing and bar staff to work the season, and tickets are management and sold by office and FOH staff through our ticketing system.

Accessibility & Diversity
The Blue Room Theatre is an inclusive venue committed to the sharing of stories and the breaking of boundaries for artists and audiences alike. We strongly encourage applications from and engaging artists who identify as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, and artists with a disability.

The information and application pack for the 2021 Development Season application round to program remaining slots in 2021, detailing the season offer and selection criteria, will be released when applications open in March 2021.

If you have any questions about The Blue Room Theatre’s Development Season, please don’t hesitate to contact our Producer Harriet Roberts at harriet@blueroom.org.au or call the office on (08) 9227 7005.