Introduction to Producing Theatre: POSTPONED

** POSTPONED UNTIL THE AUTUMN DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL **
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Apologies to all those planning on attending.

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This one week course offers you an A-Z of producing your first piece of theatre. From working out what’s the best business model for your group or organisation, to planning your production and finding a venue, to budgeting, grant applications, fundraising and marketing.

The course is made of up of five separate sessions:

Day 1 – STARTING A THEATRE COMPANY

Tutors: Alexander Parsonage (Artistic Director of Finger in the Pie) and Buffy Sharpe
What are the steps to setting up a company? Do we want to limited by guarantee or shares? Do we need a board? When do we become VAT registered?

Day 2 – PRODUCTION PLANNING

Tutor: TBC
How do we get a venue? How do we licence a play? What should we look out for in contracts? How do we engage a team? What’s the timeframe for everything?

Day 3 – BUDGETING YOUR SHOW, AND FUNDRAISING FROM INDIVIDUALS

Tutors: Flavia Fraser-Cannon and Buffy Sharpe
What do we need to budget for? What are the amounts we should expect to pay? How do we approach crowd funding and funding from individuals?

Day 4 – FUNDRAISING FROM ORGANISATIONS AND THE ARTS COUNCIL

Tutor: Buffy Sharpe
What are the criteria for Arts Council funding? How do we find out about other funders? How do we approach fundraising from ACE and Trusts and Funds?

Day 5 – MARKETING AND PR FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE

Tutors: Chris Hislop (Press Manager at the Kings Head and freelance PR) and Holly Conneely (Deputy Head of Marketing at the Royal Court)
How do you build a marketing campaign? How do you write a press release? How do you approach press to cover your show?

DAY 6 – *FREE BONUS DAY  – EDINBURGH FRINGE *
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‘This course is fantastic for those who are looking for an honest, insightful and knowledgable course in producing fringe theatre. As a recent graduate I came to the course with a lot of questions and queries – all of which were answered and more! Doing the course has allowed me to ‘go forth’ and work on other productions as well as my own. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough!’


Cost

Each of the separate days can be booked as an individual stand alone workshop or booked as a whole week.

Full Week – £300 (plus free place on our Producing at the Fringe day workshop)

50% off for any additional places booked by members of the same company (i.e. £150 for the full week)

Each workshop can be booked as a stand alone day for £65 a session – no discounts available on individual day bookings

Please pay the below deposit of £30 to secure your place, you will be asked to pay the balance before the first session via either paypal, bank transfer or cheque

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