While summer means a slowdown for many theatre companies, one new group is just revving up.

The Downtown Rideau Summer Fling: A Theatrical Affair, which runs from July 14 to Aug.

28, features nine plays in six venues, including the Arts Court, National Arts Centre, Ottawa Little Theatre, and an outdoor venue, the Underpass, on Rideau Street at Colonel By Drive.

Educating Rita, a comedy by Willy Russell, kicks off the season at the Arts Court from July 14 to Aug. 1.

Other productions include Ottawa Little Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile from July 20-31; Salamander Shakespeare Co.’s Romeo and Juliet on July 27-30 at the NAC and at the Underpass on Aug. 7 and Ottawa Little Theatre’s Tuesdays with Morrie from Aug. 4-7.

At the Arts Court Theatre, the musical cabaret Satin Dolls runs from Aug. 6-7; My Summer Crush Improv from July 20-27 and on Aug. 3, 24 and 28; Inseparable from Aug. 10-22 and Swimming in the Shallows from Aug. 12-22.

“The series is another cultural product that is unique to our district,” said Peggy DuCharme, executive director of the Downtown Rideau BIA. “Summer seems to be the off-season for most theatre. This is created for the summer season to fill a gap.

“We think it’s going to be great.”