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Lisbon Players Proposals for 2015 - 2016 season

(Date posted: 2015-05-05 | Organizer: The Lisbon Players | Category: Member Reports)

Open now until deadline for proposals: Monday June 15th, 2015.

The Lisbon Players is now open to proposals from any potential director whether or not they have worked with us before, but we do need to know something about the play and the director:

  1. Name of the play and playwright.
    Full-length or one-act? If possible, give a rough estimate of performing time.
  2. A short synopsis of the play.
    1 or 2 paragraphs.
  3. Cast; number of characters.
    State gender / age.
  4. Set and costume requirements.
  5. If it is a play with music add musical requirements.
    Specify if possible the instruments / voices. Is it live / recorded? Do you have musicians in mind to play?
  6. If it’s not a classic or well-known play please attach a copy of the play.
  7. Will it require rights?
    Plays are only out of copyright 70 years after the death of the playwright, and / or if applicable, the translator,
    (for 2015, the writer must have died before 1945). (Also see 'Budget' below.)
    Can you confirm that you know performing rights are available? Yes / No.
    (If your proposal is accepted, you will be sent a guide on how to make an EGEAC application.)
  8. Dates.
    Lisbon Players productions usually last for 3 weeks, and are put on between September and June.
    Your availability to rehearse is indispensable.
    Are there any dates/periods you cannot do, or which would be difficult? Yes / No
    If yes, please say here when…….. Are these difficult / impossible?
    This may affect the selection of your proposal, as we need to plan a whole, balanced season.
  9. Please enclose a short statement:
    Explaining why you think this play is worth doing, and a little bit about yourself – theatre experience, involvement with LP etc.
  10. Have you got a production team (designer and/or stage manager) in mind?
  11. Draft budget. When compiling a budget you need to consider the following:
    i. Production costs – set, props and costumes, bearing in mind that the LP has a large range of flats, curtains, rostra, stairs and costumes.
    ii. Performing rights: this varies but is usually between €90 and €130 per performance or about 10% of total Box Office takings.
    Information can be obtained from Samuel French, the Society of Authors or the writer’s agent.
    iii. Musicals: remember if it’s a musical you’ll probably have to pay for the hire of the score and musical parts.
    iv. Printing scripts: to print scripts you should budget at least €100 for a full-length play with a cast of 10
    (remember you need scripts for designer, stage manager and lighting and sound operators).
    v. Posters and flyers. You’ll need a small number of posters and flyers – perhaps 20 posters and 50 flyers. It’s not worth spending a lot of money on printed publicity as the info is far better spread through the social media, the internet and the press. Suggested expenditure €50.
    vi. Programmes should be self financing; in other words sales should cover costs. We suggest a print run of 150/200 programmes of 8 pages A4 at a selling price of €1 or €2. The cost of printing will be around €150.

As a guideline a full length play with a cast of 10 might expect a budget of between €500 and €1000 without rights. This might more than double if rights are required.

It’s always a good idea to talk to someone who’s directed a play at LP for more information; please feel free to do so.