Many shows have several versions for larger and smaller groups, schools and offices – if the full version does not fit then do ask!
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The cost of hiring a script is calculated simply:
NUMBER OF PERFORMANCES times £25 and no extras.
However many groups such as schools, charities and hospitals may be given scripts for free while larger theatres may be asked to pay a more commercial rate!
The price of the script is totally inclusive of unlimited prints of scripts, any size of audience, plus technical or script support (including rewrites to fit your company) – take care, most others do NOT include these and they will add to your costs!
The initial reading version will be a PDF. When the deal is done I will send a WORD document (which will also open in PAGES if needed) and then you can make your changes – local jokes, song titles (and maybe words of chorus songs), etc.
If you haven’t already told me I also need to know where and when so that two clubs don’t clash! (or so I could pop in and see it if nearby! In New Zealand? )
Payment is due as soon as you decide you want to go ahead, posted to the address below if in the UK, or by bank transfer (preferred) and if you want I can send a receipt of payment to give your treasurer if they ask for one (I know how fussy they are about these things). If a New Zealand account is better for you just let me know!
Payment needs to be by direct bank transfer to our UK bank account
Payment can be by direct bank transfer to:UK account HSBCC A LANEAccount number 91032151Sort code: 40-08-38
Thanks again for your interest and do get in touch if you have any questions at all – I have staged all of these shows myself and can offer advice with any aspect of staging, including technical problems. Chris Lane
NOW READ THE LEGAL STUFF!
QUESTION: Can we alter the script?
ANSWER: It is designed to be adapted to make the local jokes work (there are specially highlighted ‘gaps’ with hints). Please be sure to add on reprinted scripts and the program: “Adapted for *** Drama Club by ******” so that if it goes wrong – or you get sued for defamation of character – it is not my fault!
Also adapt it if you have to change the sex of a character (ideally not during the performances, but accidents do happen) BUT you cannot take chunks out of it and use it in “your own” work: small legal thing called ‘copyright’. Someone will ‘dob’ on you – they always do. And you cannot rewrite large chunks of it (though you may think it hilarious it may not be – and it will have my name on it). ASK FIRST!
QUESTION: Apart from the money do I have any other requests?
ANSWER: Yes: I need to know where (venue including town & country) and when performances would take place, which club would be performing them, and to what size audiences. Perhaps afterwards some feedback: what needed changing, reviews, photos, that sort of thing?
QUESTION: Is that all?
ANSWER: Almost – call me vain perhaps, but you must put my name on the posters and programs (and copies of the script at the start under the title and in the footer) AND (is there no end to it?) in the program also put the following legal stuff on the title page:
© Chris Lane www.pantoscripts.me.uk.
Have fun! Chris Lane
N.B. I will reply in a day or two – if you don’t hear then your e-mail was wrong!