Artist in residence Gabby Loo will showcase her work at the Subiaco Arts Centre throughout the festival.

Subiaco brings opportunities for artists

Thursday, 21 June, 2018 - 12:51

The positive response to the Subiaco Theatre Festival has led to a near doubling in the size of the annual event this year.

Now in its fifth year, the festival, which runs until June 30, will feature seven performances, up from four in 2017.

Subiaco Arts Centre venue manager Kate Bell said the festival gave the city a chance to support the venue while filling an annual gap in independent theatre.

“The festival has been curated for the Subiaco audience to showcase some of the most celebrated local theatre from emerging production companies,” she said.

“These local opportunities often form the impetus for further touring and allow a new audience to experience art and performance during the winter months where traditionally there is a downturn of cultural activity.”

This year’s featured shows come from seven independent theatre companies, including the winner of Fringe World’s 2017 Theatre Award Perth and best emerging artist, Bus Boy, by theatre company Rorschach Beast.

Ms Bell said Bus Boy, which is showing from June 20, chronicles the meeting of two unlikely companions on Rottnest Island.

She said one of the most anticipated shows, Gutenberg! The Musical!, produced by Western Sky Theatre in association with Holland St Productions, would perform from June 27 to June 30.