The Blue Room Theatre might be small, but it’s packing a punch this summer with a 31-show strong Fringe Program featuring talent from home and abroad.
Nevermind the festive season – theatre season is now upon us. Namely, The Blue Room Theatre’s multi award-winning Summer Nights season is upon us, returning to Perth as part of Fringe World 2019.
The Blue Room Theatre has been a creative hub for Western Australia’s independent theatre scene for almost 30 years, with the careers of the likes of Kate Mulvany, Tim Minchin and Claire Hooper all starting here thanks to an unwavering commitment to supporting local talent.
The Summer Nights program has won the Best Independent Program Award at Fringe World for the last seven years running, and this year’s line-up is set to be no exception to past greatness.
‘Fringe is such an important time of year for us,’ says Associate Producer Samantha Nerida. ‘It presents a great excuse for punters to take a gamble and try something new, and we love to tap into this mindset and reach out to new communities.’
Spanning themes from sex, sexuality and sexism to vulgarity, mental illness and grief,
The Summer Nights program consists of 31 hand-selected shows – among them, some of the most exceptional and highly acclaimed local and international performances in independent theatre. The tightly curated yet eclectic mash-up of physical theatre, comedy, cabaret and performance will be inevitably provocative – audiences will experience surprise, delight, exhilaration and everything in between.
On curating the program, Nerida has this to say: ‘It’s a lot to do with balance. We want to delight as many audiences as we can, as much as we can, so we program a mix of everything.’ The result? Summer viewing that’s bold, fresh and fun for a variety of audiences.
The series opens with a power-ballad of a cabaret from Charlotte Otton – Feminah, a categoric rejection of femininity and female censorship that follows one woman’s quest to destroy the structures that try to supress her – and closes with a gripping family drama from multi-award winning playwright Katy Warner, Paper Doll. In between, take a rollicking journey through a Twin Peaks-meets-Serial style mystery with The Basement Tapes or throw it back to the 90s with the high-octane Double Denim. Those who’ve ever asked or been asked the question ‘But where are you really from?’ might like to catch Tabitha Woo’s A Westerner’s Guide to the Opium Wars, while Blueberry Play is an unmissable insight into a tender, small-town adolescence.
Summer Nights runs from January 18 to February 16, with shows scheduled nightly throughout The Blue Room Theatre’s eclectic performance spaces. Tickets are on sale now.
The Blue Room Theatre: 53 James St, Northbridge WA 6000