The Blue Room celebrates 30 years by looking to the future

Perth’s home of independent theatre has nurtured the careers of countless artists over the last three decades. Now its management are focused on ensuring the Blue Room is future-proofed for coming generations.

‘The Blue Room has always been this kind of place where anything goes and where the other has a voice – where queer people have a voice, where Indigenous people have a voice,’ said Julian Hobba, Executive Director of the Blue Room Theatre.

‘It’s been a safety valve for the anarchic spirit of Perth culture in a way, and it still retains a lot of that purpose – even though, over its 30 years, the programs have become more systematic and the organisation has operated on a more strategic and embedded and institutional level.’

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021.

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