Apply for Summer Nights 2023 before 12 July!

We are thrilled to announce our curated program of independent theatre and performance, Summer Nights, will return in 2023.

Straddling the scorching seasons of Birak and Bunuru, we come together at The Blue Room Theatre to bask in good company and share in performance: a whirlwind of new collaborations, social commentary, dance, theatrical playfulness, and heartfelt stories.

The Blue Room Theatre (TBRT) has presented 294 works and supported over 2,500 artists over 12 Summer Nights festivals since it started in 2010.

Summer Nights was a FRINGE WORLD registered program from 2012 to 2020. Returning after a year off in 2021, our 2022 festival saw a return to independent presentation. Carrying on from the success of 2022, we will continue to present our festival independently and not register the venue or shows with FRINGE WORLD in 2023.

Applications are now CLOSED for our 2023 Summer Nights Program but you are welcome to reference the pack:

View the Summer Nights Application Pack

Application Information for our 2023 Short Works Program is COMING SOON


Image credit: Sophie Minissale.

This timeline also includes key dates for Short Works and Annual Season Applications.


Applications Open – Summer Nights             Wednesday 1 June 2022
Applications Info Session                                  Wednesday 1 June 2022
Applications Close – Summer Nights             Tuesday 12 July 2022
Applications Open – Annual Season               Wednesday 13 July 2022
Summer Nights Successful applicants notified By Wednesday 10 August 2022
Applications Close – Annual Season               Tuesday 23 August 2022
Summer Nights Compulsory All-In Meeting Thursday 29 September 2022
Draft show copy and image concepts due       Wednesday 5 October 2022
Short Works – Expressions of Interest open Wednesday 12 October 2022
Final copy due                                                      Thursday 13 October 2022
Final hero image due                                           Wednesday 19 October 2022
TBRT campaign photoshoot (optional attendance) w/c 24 October 2022
Short Works – Expression of Interest close Tuesday 1 November 2022
Media release due                                               Wednesday 2 November 2022

Summer Nights on sale Wednesday 16 November 2022

Tech form due                                                     Thursday 17 November 2022
TBRT closed for holidays                                  23 December 2022 – 2 January 2023
Teams become TBRT Members for PLI Insurance By Tuesday 10 January
Productions bump in                                         Monday 16 – Thursday 19 January

Housewarming (Summer Nights Opening Night) Friday 20 January

Summer Nights Season Friday 20 January – Saturday 11 February

Reconciliations and Debriefing w/c Monday 20 February

Projects that fit the following criteria are eligible to apply for a Summer Nights presentation. Please consider them carefully to assess the eligibility of your project.

• Works between 45-70 minutes in duration
• Theatre, dance, or performance work suited to a black box theatre (Studio and Theatre applicants)
• Theatre, dance, or performance work with a ‘stripped-back’ aesthetic, and/or ‘story-telling’ form (Kaos Room applicants)
• Independent productions by project-based producers, companies, and artists rather than annually funded or commercial organisations
• Works that have obtained or sought rights (for existing scripts only)
• Show team becomes TBRT Members (if you are successful)
• Lead applicant can attend our All-In Meeting Thursday 29 September to receive key information and meet your fellow cohort! Zoom is available for this meeting if needed

Summer Nights Applications Working Group
If it is your first time applying, you have not been successful in a Summer Nights application before, or want some motivation to get the application done, join our weekly working group!

Simply head along to The Blue Room Bar Friday mornings, and a member of our Program team will be there for questions or just a chat. Please note, this is completely optional.

The Blue Room Bar – 53 James St, Northbridge
No RSVP, just drop in
10am – 1pm
Friday 10 June; Friday 17 June; Friday 24 June; Friday 1 July; Friday 8 July

Application Form
Application Forms can be submitted as Word Doc or PDF.

Audio and video
Audio or video formats can also be used to answer the application questions if you prefer
Please note, you must still fill in an Application Form and questions that are answered via video just write “See audio / video.”  Please limit audio / video answers to 2 min per question or 10min for your application questions in total.
Video and audio can be filmed or recorded on a phone, please do a soundcheck before recording and submitting your questions.
Video and audio can be attached to the application email, or for larger files please provide a link and any permissions required to access it.

Bionic Reading
This Application Pack and Application Form can be supplied in large print or in bionic reading text. This typeface can assist neurodivergent readers.

Wheelchair Access
Our office, performance spaces and ground level bathroom are wheelchair accessible.

If you have further access requirements or questions, please get in touch with our team on (08) 9227 7005.

We are here to answer your questions about the eligibility of your project or clarifications about the selection criteria and application process.

If you are unexpectedly unwell or experience some other last-minute interruption that means you will not be able to meet this deadline, and require a few additional days, please contact us prior to the closing time to discuss.

The Blue Room Theatre
Program Coordinator
Amy Howell
(08) 9227 7005
Office House are Tues – Fri, 10am – 5pm