Summer Nights season returns to Fringe World 2014

Pink_Simon Pynt PhotographyThe Blue Room Theatre’s multi award-winning Summer Nights season returns to Fringe World 2014 with 32 shows ready for one real big summer.

Teaming up with presentation partner the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Summer Nights will host the choicest cuts of theatre, performance, dance and more from around Australia and the world, right at the heart of the Fringe action in the Perth Cultural Centre.

Shows to look out for include:

  • SQUIDBOY – a stream-of-consciousness comedy adventure that smashed it at Edinburgh and is set to be this year’s cult favourite.
  • She Was Probably Not A Robot – another five-star Edinburgh hit from Stuart Bowden, adored by Perth audiences for his performance as Dr Brown’s Singing Tiger.
  • Gym & Tonic – ABC TV’s Roz Hammond brings her new solo show straight to Summer Nights.
  • Dogmeat – Melbourne theatre badboys MKA make their Perth debut with this controversial new work.
  • First Day Off In A Long Time – Emmy-nominated writer and storyteller Brian Finkelstein returns with this darkly comic story of working the graveyard shift on a suicide hotline.
  • Run Girl Run – performed entirely on treadmills, this is a very funny and very sweaty take on modern gender politics.
  • Vicious Circles – the hit of Montreal Fringe, this Canadian take on the night the Sex Pistols hit meltdown makes its Australian debut.
  • Swamp Juice – a 3D shadow puppet extravaganza, suitable for all ages.

These will be joined by an amazing line-up of local talent, including last year’s Martin Sims Award winner Jeffrey Jay Fowler’s new work Second Hands (produced by Little y Theatre, winner of Best WA Performance for Public Space), local storytelling cool cats Barefaced Stories and Ellandar Production’s superhero epic The Night Guardian.

Summer Nights is also thrilled to announce the encore season of some of the biggest hits of previous Blue Room Theatre seasons. Tim Watt’s epic puppet adventure Bruce makes a welcome return, along with the instant classic Great White (The Skeletal System), and Mark Storen’s blues-infused triumph The Polite Gentleman.

The only fitting way to launch a program like Summer Nights is with a party – this year we’re throwing open the doors for Summer Nights: House Warming, partnering with RTRfm and Coopers to celebrate the opening of Fringe. On Friday 24 January, the venue is yours with hidden treats and unexpected delights til late.

The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights is the curated, handcrafted program at Fringe World, building on the record attendance and eight Fringe World Awards we achieved in 2013. It’s our favourite time of year.

Summer Nights is presented as part of Fringe World and runs 24 January – 22 February 2014. For more information, visit: www.summernights.org.au for details.

Image: by Simon Pynt Photography

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