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Summer Nights 2019

Date
18-Jan-2019 - 16-Feb-2019
Time
Price
15 - 30
Venue
The Blue Room Theatre
Address
53 James Street, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
Website
Summer Nights 2019

EVENT DETAILS:

Our Summer Nights program is set to return at FRINGE WORLD 2019. Below is the hand-picked program, showcasing some of the most exceptional theatre and performance within the FRINGE WORLD Festival. We’ve curated 31 shows that will amaze, delight, provoke and exhilarate as they take up residence at The Blue Room Theatre and the State Theatre Centre of WA.

Tickets are on sale now via FRINGE WORLD, however we won’t be launching our campaign in full until 14 December 2018. We’re working on a few website upgrades until then to help better showcase our artists and their magnificent shows – so be sure to check back in with us then to see the full launch of the program.


The Basement Tapes
After her grandmother’s death, a girl faces the overwhelming task of clearing out the basement. Twin Peaks meets Serial in this award-winning New Zealand mystery, melding the immediacy of the physical with the imagination of audio recording.
Winner: Scotsman Fringe First & Best Performance Award – The Stage, Edinburgh Festival
Winner: Outstanding Performance – Stella Reid (NZ Fringe Festival 2017)
Winner: Director of the Year – Jane Yonge (Wellington Theatre Awards 2017)
Presenter: The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights & Zanetti Productions
Venue: Rehearsal Room 1, State Theatre Centre of WA
Dates: Tuesday 29 January – Saturday 2 February, 8:00pm
Tickets Here

Manwatching
No rehearsal, no preparation, just the thoughts of one woman when she thinks about sex with men. A different man every night is charged with reading her script aloud, sight unseen, in front of an audience – you! Originally presented by The Royal Court, Manwatching is a funny, frank, and occasionally explicit insight into heterosexual female desire.
Presenter: The Royal Court, Izzy McDonald & Gavin Roach
Venue: Rehearsal Room 1, State Theatre Centre of WA
Dates: Friday 18 January – Saturday 26 January, 7:45pm
Tickets Here

The Chook House
Winner of FRINGE WORLD’s 2018 Theatre Award Jane Hille (Anyman) returns with her brand new work The Chook House. This hilarious show follows five would-be friends that live in rural Australia, stuff chickens for a livin’ and dish the goss on anyone and everyone in their little towns.
Presenter: Jane Hille
Venue: Rehearsal Room 1, State Theatre Centre of WA
Dates: Friday 18 January – Thursday 24 January, 6:15pm
Tickets Here

FRONT
FRONT explores the blurred lines of success in today’s music industry. Based on writer Michael Abercromby’s time as a musician in Perth; we follow local band Rough Cut Punt and their rapid rise to fame. With hilarious songs and boisterous characters, FRONT is an unmissable theatrical take on the perils of making it big.
“Raw, real and relevant” – The AU Review, 2017
Presenter: SLATE
Venue: Rehearsal Room 1, State Theatre Centre of WA
Dates: Friday 18 January – Saturday 26 January, 9:30pm
Tickets Here

Cotton Wool Kid
Young man drives home from work. Young woman begins her evening run. Our narrators: two gooey-eyed lovers and fighters, fumbling their way forward in life, loss and love. One second can last a lifetime; our tale begins and ends with a crash. This play borrows from romantic comedies and a bunch of uncomfortable questions we asked Mum.
Presenter: The Cutting Room Floor
Venue: Rehearsal Room 1, State Theatre Centre of WA
Dates:Friday 25 January – Saturday 26 January, 6:15pm, Tuesday 29 January – Saturday 2 February, 6:30pm
Tickets Here

Double Denim
Two girls, one fabric. It’s a party in your pants and jacket. Michelle Brasier (Aunty Donna’s 1999) and Laura Frew gift you an hour of high-energy silliness, 90s nostalgia, and a lot of denim. Double Denim is a kids’ party for grown-ups.
Presenter: Hey Boss
Venue: Rehearsal Room 1, State Theatre Centre of WA
Dates: Tuesday 29 January – Saturday 2 February, 9:30pm
Tickets Here

The Violent Years (1956)
The year is 1956. Paula and her gang of teenage girls do the unthinkable: they dress like boys, they rob gas stations…and they sing! Using an Ed Wood-penned exploitation classic and mashing it up with 2018 sensibilities, The Violent Years (1956) is a queer cult cinema garage rock musical.
Presenter: Spooky Rainbows
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Friday 18 January, 8pm, Saturday 19 January – Saturday 26 January, 9:30pm
Tickets Here

A Region Where Nobody Goes
Rising tides and rising temperatures, floods and bushfires. In a time of danger and disaster, one woman desperately attempts to make sense of it all – or at least get a good soundbite.
A Region Where Nobody Goes explores what happens when the apocalypse goes viral, and all the ways we’ve politicised staying alive.
Presenter: Lindstedt & Davies
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Friday 18 January, 5pm, Saturday 19 January, 6:30pm, Sunday 20 January, 5pm & 6:30pm
Tickets Here

Wil Greenway: Either Side of Everything
Cult storytelling hero and perennial Edinburgh Fringe sell-out, Wil Greenway returns with a show bursting with heart and hurt and hope. A storytelling show about that brief blip in the sprawling boundless ocean of the universe where you exist. That bit where your heart works. And your nose. And your eyes. That bit where music matters and you can smile at a smiling stranger. The brief and beautiful moment when you are alive.
Presenter: Dead Man
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Friday 18 January, 6:30pm, Saturday 19 January – Saturday 26 January, 8pm
Tickets Here

The Big City
Joe the Clown has left the safe confines of his small hometown to go to the big city; he’s finally going to be a world-famous entertainer! However, Joe runs into some hurdles along the way. A whimsical story for all ages, The Big City examines what it means to chase your dreams, and the importance of friendship when they don’t come true.
Presenter: Louis Spencer
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Friday 18 January, 5pm, Saturday 19 January, 6:30pm, Sunday 20 January, 5pm & 6:30pm
Tickets Here

Feminah
Feminah is one woman’s pursuit of true vulgarity, monstrousness and zero f*cks; a cabaret of female driven pop songs spanning fifty years paired with the ultimate rebellion against femininity. It’s a power ballad for women who censor themselves: this is what happens when a woman refuses the idea of ‘having it all’ and instead, annihilates it.
Presenter: Charlotte Otton
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Friday 18 January, 7:30pm– Saturday 26 January, 9pm
Tickets Here

Poorly Drawn Shark
Andrew moves to Singapore, where his features shine and his skin is extra-white. But, in profile, he still looks like a child’s drawing of a shark. Nauseating, grotesquely funny and brutally aware, prepare to Eat, Prey, Hate in this autobiographical takedown of western travel narratives and Australia’s fetishisation of Asia.
Presenter: Squid Vicious
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 22 January – Saturday 26 January, 7:30pm
Tickets Here

GRACE
Jane Parker says Grace is the head of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee, and Octopus just ate her pet goldfish. Octopus is like a Patronus, but crap. Today seems fine, but when Octopus demands a move to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, things take a turn. GRACE is a delightful trip down anxiety lane, from the genius team behind The Cockburn Incident.
Presenter: public service announcement
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 22 January – Saturday 26 January, 6:30pm
Tickets Here

Blueberry Play
Being 17 is awkward. Having to take care of your sick dad when you’re 17 is another story. Especially when he keeps trying to shave his eyebrows off.
This new play by Ang Collins is a beautifully intimate portrait of adolescence, mental illness and family life in regional Australia.
Blueberry Play is a moreish delicacy.” — Sydney Arts Guide
Presenter: Mask a Pony Theatre
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Friday 18 January, 4:30pm, Saturday 19 January – Saturday 26 January, 6pm
Tickets Here

A National Park
Akasha lives a simple life, works for the Department of Parks and Wildlife, and men are of no interest to her. That is, until a chance encounter with a mystery man in the secret garden flips Akasha’s simple life upside down. A National Park is a modern tale of love between an unlikely duo who question if there really is a price tag on culture.
Presenter: Black Sapphire Productions
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 29 January – Saturday 2 February, 8pm
Tickets Here

Icarus
The captivating tale of a refugee’s epic journey takes flight in this absurd, touching, and wonderful physical feat, skipping nimbly from high slapstick to pure poetry in motion. Shortlisted for the Theatre Award at FRINGE WORLD 2017, Bare Witness return with another physical tour de force.
Presenter: Bare Witness Theatre Company
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 29 January – Saturday 2 February, 7:30pm
Tickets Here

Not Romeo and Juliet
Queerness and clowning collide in a beautifully funny remix of Shakespeare’s most iconic tragedy. After sensational, sold out seasons at Midsumma Festival and Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne’s prime mischief makers Kimberley Twiner and Lily Fish bring you Shakespeare, plus stupid.
Blueberry Play is a moreish delicacy.” — Sydney Arts Guide
Presenter: Fish and Twiner’s Bait Shop
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Friday 18 January, 4:30pm, Saturday 19 January – Saturday 26 January, 6pm
Tickets Here

Garry Starr Performs Everything
Disgraced actor Garry Starr defies his critics by performing every genre of theatre possible, thus saving the performing arts from their inevitable extinction. With little regard for personal safety and even less regard for art, Garry proves his talents to himself, his fans and those who dared question his ability.
Presenter: MILKE
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 29 January – Saturday 2 February, 9:30pm
Tickets Here

600 Seconds
600 seconds of anything goes. After a one-year break 600 Seconds returns with all new artists sticking to one simple rule – you have ten minutes to impress. No holds are barred in four packed programs. Comedy, theatre, improv, storytelling, performance – we have it all.
From emerging artists cutting their teeth to seasoned performers trying something new, you’ll never know what to expect in this mixed bag of multiple performances.
600 Seconds is the quintessence of fringe.” – The West Australian
Presenter: The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 5 February – Saturday 9 February, 7:45pm
Tickets Here

MicroMove
MicroMove returns after a stunning debut in 2018. The talents of Western Australia’s vibrant and dynamic dance artists will be showcased in a season of short works curated by renowned dancer and choreographer Laura Boynes. MicroMove surrenders the theatre to movement, transforming both space and body for a nightly program of rigorous and innovative dance works.
Presenter: The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 12 February – Saturday 16 February, 6:15pm
Tickets Here

TRÖLL
From the makers of The Bookbinder and The Road That Wasn’t There comes a lo-fi wi-fi fable about things that go bump in the night. It combines storytelling, music, and puppetry into an uncanny tale from the twitchy edges of the digital age.
“Brilliant, dark, funny & poignant…A definite must see” – Theatreview, 2017
Presenter: Trick of the Light Theatre
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 29 January – Saturday 9 February, 6:15pm
Tickets Here

Lake Disappointment
A searing dark comedy about double identity. So there’s this extra, this double, and he sometimes gets mistaken for the actual movie star, which is pretty cool, but then, sometimes, he makes that mistake himself.
Turquoise Theatre returns with a funny and disturbing look at a lost man who wishes he were more.
Presenter: Turquoise Theatre. Written by Lachlan Philpott and Luke Mullins
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 5 February – Saturday 9 February, 7:30pm
Tickets Here

Paper Doll
A man stands at a woman’s front door, soaking wet, unexpected. He is older. She has grown-up, but he is not ready to admit that she’s no longer the girl he left behind.
Written in response to Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, Paper Doll is gripping, unmissable theatre that will leave audiences breathless.
Presenter: New Ghosts Theatre Company
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 12 February – Saturday 16 February, 8pm
Tickets Here

A Westerner’s Guide To The Opium Wars
A Westerner’s Guide to the Opium Wars takes audiences as far back in Tabitha’s family tree as she knows. Made by a team of second-generation Australians, it’s for anyone who has been asked “But where are you really from?” often enough to start asking themselves the same question. This is genealogy like you’ve never seen it before.
Presenter: Thirty Five Square
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 5 February, 6pm, Wednesday 6 – Saturday 9 February, 6pm
Tickets Here

DAD
Who’s your daddy?
Three fully grown men in onesies explore the shifting nature of their relationships with their fathers, tackling masculinity, connection, and paternal legacy in a room filled with the most pillows you have ever seen in one place. Puppetry, penises, and a lack of alliteration; come embrace your DAD.
Presenter: Emily Stokoe
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 February, 9pm
Tickets Here

Blue Portal Road
Jump through a portal and come on a voyage of interdimensional exploration. Blue Portal Roadexplores the feelings of ‘stuck-ness’ and desire to escape your life and be anywhere but here.
Praise for Riptide’s Cardboard Kingdom; “The ensemble demonstrated raw talent…quite possibly the best thing I’ve seen at Fringe so far” – Isolated Nation, 2018.
Presenter: Riptide Youth Performance Company
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Thursday 31 January – Saturday 2 February, 6pm
Tickets Here

Bitch On Heat
Expect a steamy hot mess in this work by psycho-siren Leah Shelton (Terror Australis, La Clique), directed by UK performance art provocateur Ursula Martinez. This decadent banquet of lip-synch, dark comedy and anti-burlesque is a pop-fuelled critique of sexual politics in the age of implied consent.
Welcome to the doghouse. Beware. This Bitch Bites.
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Presenter: Leah Shelton
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 February, 9:30pm
Tickets Here

Only Bones v1.0
Only Bones v1.0 is an exquisite piece of minimalist micro-physical theatre by New Zealanders Thom Monckton and Gemma Tweedie, and Finland’s Kallo Collective. With its quirky, low-tech aesthetic, using Monckton’s bendy body, wiggly hands, and seemingly uncontrollable face, Only Bones has toured to more than 13 different countries around the world.
Presenter: Kallo Collective
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 12 February – Saturday 16 February, 9:30pm
Tickets Here

Talofa Papa
Talofa Papa takes you on a journey with your grandparents in the comfort of your jandals! After an award-winning season in the 2018 New Zealand Fringe Festival, Papa is heading to Perth to meet his West Australian family. This is a communal celebration with its heart set on reminding you to slow down and breathe in the rich idea of family.
Presenter: The Co-Lab
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 12 February – Saturday 16 February, 6pm
Tickets Here

Paradise! A Cool and Smart Show
Welcome to the train journey of a lifetime…because you probably won’t make it back. We can try, but we can’t make any promises. It’s dangerous out there, Paradise! Is an absurd, nightmarish journey through the void, filled with outlandish characters trying to achieve their paradisiacal dreams. It might be a bumpy ride.
Presenter: Cool & Smart
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 12 February – Saturday 16 February, 7:30pm
Tickets Here

Silence My Ladyhead
Ladyhead is in rebellion, scrambling to stay in the spotlight. Her unpredictable one woman show is falling apart; a catastrophic, electric, freak-pop explosion of female sexuality, drag and sexual liberation. A slave to rhythm, she spits out poisonous ballads that will both seduce and repulse you as she descends the road to hell.
Presenter: FUGUE
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre
Dates: Tuesday 12 February – Saturday 16 February, 9pm
Tickets Here

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Location: 53 James Street, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge, , 6003

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