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PRS for Music

We are a society of songwriters, composers and music publishers. We license organisations to play, perform or make available copyright music on behalf of our members and those of overseas societies, distributing the royalties to them fairly and efficiently. We promote and protect the value of copyright.
Performing rights royalties are paid to a songwriter, composer or publisher whenever their music is played or performed in any public space or place. This includes TV, radio, online, in a shop, an office, pub or restaurant, at a concert, a sporting event and thousands of other places.

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MCPS represents our members’ mechanical rights, whenever a piece of music is reproduced as a physical product.
Mechanical rights royalties are different and are paid to the songwriter, composer or publisher when music is reproduced as a physical product or for broadcast or online.
What’s changing?
The PRS for Music brand now represents our members’ mechanical rights whenever a piece of music is reproduced for broadcast or online. MCPS will continue to represent the mechanical rights for physical products at this stage.

What’s staying the same?
The Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society will continue to exist as a legal entity, company name and as a brand for physical products’ mechanical rights. Cheques will come from the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society Limited, you can still send cheques to the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society Limited and it will continue to be registered at Companies House.

 

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Schools Plus based at Virgo Fidelis, Croydon, UK

We have a venue that may be of interest to any groups that want to use it to rehearse or have it as a permanent venue.
Contact: Kevin Jones virgofidelis@schoolsplus.co.uk




 

 

Posted 05/07/2015

 

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Kieran Carroll
Kieran Carroll
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Melbourne, Australia
Contact kierancarroll@hotmail.com

Australia's Oldest Man


requires a middle-aged to older male actor. It's a comic monologue and is a lot of fun to play. The piece also requires a cameo at the end from a female who is the long suffering wife. Age is not so vital for this role.

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Hanbury Hall

Hanbury Hall

UK
Spitalfields, London

 


Hanbury Hall
Contact: Helen Skybak
M: 07803520102
E: helen.skybak@graysonsrestaurants.com
W: www.graysonsvenues.com

Available now



Hanbury Hall - Performance Space

I would like to introduce our recently refurbished venue Hanbury Hall.
I am sure you are always on the lookout for new spaces to hold your performances and Hanbury Hall is a fantastic hidden gem in the heart of Spitalfields.


Helen Skybak

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see our Venue Fact Sheet here

Contact us for availability

Posted 13/02/2016

 

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Proforca Creative


www.proforca.co.uk



UK
Balham, London

Saucy Jack & The Space Vixens



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Please follow this link to register

Auditions - July 3rd (Balham) - Rehearsals commence July 31st
Performances: Wednesday 9th – Saturday 12th November 2016 7.45pm & a Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm
at Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub in Walthamstow


Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens is not just any old musical. It’s a cult phenomenon - a fantastic, intergalactic adventure, a brilliant audience experience, tonnes of cheeky fun, and a brilliant party night out, all wrapped in plastic and sprinkled with more than a healthy amount of glitter.
With songs like “Glitter Boots Saved my Life”, “Space Trucking” “Let’s Make Magic” and “All I Need is Disco” this is sure to be one night out not to be missed.
Commitment will be for potentially one night a week, and 2-3 Full Day rehearsals a month on a Sunday (And all of show week)

Posted 29/06/2016

 

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Rickmansworth Players

Rickmansworth Players
www.rickmansworth-players.org.uk


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Our latest show "Hello Dolly” still needs men!

Please DM us for details..
Hello Dolly




Posted on 29/06/2016

 

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Petworth Players



UK
Petworth, West Sussex

Contact: Ruth Till: ruth.till@btinternet.com

Wanted to Buy

Jun 2016

I am the chairman of Petworth Players and we are looking to update our stock of costumes.
I would like to buy costumes, in particular adults costumes for Scrooge and Panto Dame.


Posted 12/06/2016

 

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Porthleven PTA



UK
Cornwall

Contact: leighyates@hotmail.co.uk or 07824997674

 

For Sale


June 2016

Production: Medieval Armed Forces Day
We had these 2 beautiful Knights made for a Medieval Event, majestic, stunning and a great prop. Huge crowd pullers
2 Available, selling individually, collection only from Cornwall TR13



Posted 27/06/2016

 

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The Pride of Teesside

Author: Norma Phillips
Secretary of
Teesside Musical Theatre Company

Contact: normaphillips3@hotmail.com

A follow up to my article "Family Matters" to highlight the impact of one particular family dedicated to keeping Teesside Musical Theatre Company alive.

The Pride of Teesside

Following my article, “Family Matters”, which was posted on this website recently, I was inspired to disclose more about the family values that have been an integral part of Teesside Musical Theatre Company for decades. I originally intended to make specific reference to several of the families involved, but I realised this would probably just become a long list of names, and I could also be in danger of excluding someone.

I, therefore, decided to focus on our Producer, Alison Dale, whose family has been a part of Teesside Musical Theatre Company (previously known as Teesside Operatic Society) for most of its existence. Kath Dawson, Alison’s mother, was a leading lady for many years before retiring from the stage to take over as Business Manager and Wardrobe Mistress. Alison and her sisters were, therefore, brought up in the amateur theatre world, and Alison naturally started to take on leading roles from an early age.

In recent years, Alison decided that, as well as acting in productions, she would like to use her extensive experience to produce shows for Teesside Musical Theatre Company. This revealed that Alison has an amazing talent for visualisation, creating a masterpiece as an artist would with paints and canvas. The cast and crew can always be confident that following Alison’s direction will result in another spellbinding production that we can all be proud of. It is a joy to be part of the process, and it is heartwarming when Alison thanks the cast and crew for making her visions into a reality. She always expresses her appreciation and pride and commands the respect of all involved.

With the help of Stockton Stage Society, Alison introduced the use of back projection with minimalist sets, which makes scene changes so fluid and seamless, to great effect. I particularly remember our production of “The Sound of Music” when Maria changed from being a nun in the Mother Superior’s Office to walking through the streets clutching her guitar and suitcase, arriving at the von Trapp mansion, without leaving the stage (using a screen to allow her to change costume)! In “The Producers” Max Bialystock is transported from a prison cell to Broadway theatre land with minimal set changes.

Read more....

Posted on 06/12/2015

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Scripts 4 Stage


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Wirral U.K.
Online publishing house, New Flight Publications via Scripts4Stage.com in-house playwright writes original play scripts for professional & community theatre. performance licencing available brand new works for 2015

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Westwell Players

Westwell Players
www.westwellplayers.co.uk

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Westwell

 

We are a small amateur dramatics group based in the hamlet of Westwell just outside of Ashford. We produce one or two shows per year and meeting regularly for social and drama-related events, including play read-throughs, workshops and theatre trips. New members are always welcome, so if you have an interest in anything connected with the theatre - on stage, backstage, music, singing, scenery, production - then why not come along to our next meeting? We're a friendly bunch and try not to take ourselves too seriously!
Contact: secretary@westwellplayers.co.uk or Call Neil on 01580243274

 

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Red Players Academy

Red Players Academy
www.redplayers.co.uk

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UK
St George's Parish Centre, Albert Place, Altrincham, Greater Manchester WA14 4DB

Contact: Lee Battle (Artistic Director) 07791250947 or lee@redplayers.co.uk

DRAMA & ACTING SUMMER SCHOOL



Monday 8th to Friday 12th August 2016 10am-4pm (early drop-off can be arranged)

Aged 7-15 and want to perform? Red Players Academy are offering users of DramaGroups.com a discount on our Summer School this August!
Red Players have worked with leading actors from Coronation Street, CBBC, Waterloo Road, Hollyoaks – national touring theatre shows – and numerous acclaimed film productions.
Join us this summer holiday for five full days of DRAMA and ACTING workshops plus the chance to perform to friends and family in a THEATRE at the end of the week!
HOW MUCH:
£99 for the whole week including your 10% when quoting DramaGroups.com
(regular cost is £110 for the week-long Summer School)
*extra 25% discount also available for additional siblings
WHO WITH:
Red Players Academy is the drama school division of Manchester based theatre and film company Red Players Arts & Media. RPA offers fun and professional drama & acting classes suitable for anyone with an interest in the performing arts. Our aim is to help enable young people to express themselves artistically and socially, building confidence through training in movement and physicality, voice and text, characterisation, improvisation, concentration and much more.
Principal tutor Lee Battle began his career as an actor playing the role of Simon Green in Coronation Street. Other television performances followed, with credits including Doctors, The Royal, Casualty, and Wire in the Blood. Lee played Connor in the BAFTA winning BBC drama The Street, and Darryl in ITV’s Vincent alongside Ray Winstone. Film roles include Billy Powell in the adaptation of Kevin Sampson’s novel Awaydays, and acting with Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. Lee has a first class degree in Drama and an MA in Creative Writing with the Royal Exchange and Bolton Octagon Theatres. He also lectures in Media and Performance at The University of Salford. (Enchanted CRB/DBS and trained in Safeguarding Children).

Posted 29/06/2016

 

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Orpen Players

Orpen Players

UK
Essex


Dates Required: The Orpen Players are looking for someone to direct their October production (27-29th October).
Deadline for registering your interest is the 22nd July.

 

Production:
You Choose


The Orpen Players have an opportunity for a director to take charge of our Autumn production.

The play will show on the 27th, 28th and 29th October. Rehearsals are on Monday and Friday nights – starting sometime in August/September.

Do you have a play that you’ve always wanted to direct? Or do you know someone who would love to run a show?

Remember to let us know the play you’d like to direct and send us your email address, and we’ll get back to you with more details.

If you’re interested, please fill in the form on this blog post.

Remember to let us know the play you’d like to direct and send us your email address, and we’ll get back to you with more details.


Posted 24/06/2016

 

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MAD Group - Minshull Amateur Dramatics Group

MAD Group - Minshull Amateur Dramatics Group
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UK
South Cheshire

Production:
Good Old Days

Contact: WebMaster@MADGroup.co

 


Dates Required: Late Autumn 2016

Please please please. Pianist wanted for Late Autumn for Victorian Singsong "Good Old Days" performance. Please get in touch - our performance depends on YOU. :¬) Thankyou ever so much.


Posted 02/03/2016

 

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Belmont Theatre Company



UK
Herts


Venue: Pump House Theatre & Arts Centre, Local Board Road, Watford WD17 2JP

Box Office: 07947 324179/ 07917 324179 or http://www.belmonttheatre.co.uk/box-office.html
Tickets £12.00 & Concessions £11.50

Stepping Out

Author: A Comedy by Richard Harris

Stepping Out



26th - 29th October 2016
The story follows a weekly church hall tap-dancing class, run by a former professional chorus girl, who tries her hardest to teach the bumbling amateurs sufficient skills for an upcoming recital. But before the dancing begins, she must resolve the minor dramas that erupt among this motley crew on their way to 'stepping out' of everyday life into the magic of dance.
We have been turning people away from our last few shows so book your tickets early.




Posted 23/06/2016

 

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 02/05/2016
Name: Lorna Baillie
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SUSPICIOUS CONTACT
I wondered if anyone else has been receiving similar emails to the following:-

“I came across your email address at (http://www.dramagroups.com/) and I would so much like us to be friends. I have something important to discuss with you.

Cheers.”?


I have received more than one, and identical to the above, from apparently different people.
Thank you.
Kind regards,
Lorna Baillie
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Peter's response:

Hi Lorna,
I’m sorry you have been bothered with spam email, please rest assured that it is nothing to do with www.dramagroups.com. We would not email such a thing to you and would not / have not released email addresses to anyone. The only way that these people could have picked up your email address is by trawling the www.dramagroups.com website. If you would like me to remove your email address from our website just let me know and I’ll take it down.

It is unfortunate that people abuse the email system in this way as it is the easiest way for genuine people to get in touch if they do not use social media.

I’ll put your comments up in our #Advice section along with my reply and ask our visitors for comments.

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Peter

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Wilburton Theatre Group

Wilburton Theatre Group
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NODA Review 15 April 2016
BIG FISH
Wilburton Theatre Group
Directed by Emily Starr
Assistant Director Bryannie Quarrie
Musical Director Maria McElroy

Big Fish 12-chair is the new, small-cast version for 12 actors of a short-lived Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and follows on from the Tim Burton’s film of the same name.

At the centre of the story is Edward Bloom the main character, who is on his deathbed and reliving his “exaggerated” tales of life. Fish stories are the tales Edward tells his son, Will and are, of course, what “Big Fish” is all about. I’m telling you all this because Big Fish was a new one on me.

Apparently “the musical has elements from the book and movie, as well as a few new takes on characters and situations”, and who am I to dispute that, never having seen either? What I do know is, it is a great show: full of lovely songs and tunes: lively and at times sentimental.

Much of the music is complex but the singers and The Ashton Stomp Octet under the musical direction of Maria McElroy did a splendid job. Excellent choreography too by Emily Starr and Guest Choreographer David Mallabone.

This role of Edward, teller of fishy-tales was tailor-made for Tim Meikle who was absolutely outstanding, producing a performance full of energy and skill with the good vocal talent.

Laura Bryant played Sandra his wife giving an excellent performance topped off with a lovely voice. I Don’t Need a Roof was beautiful. Edward and Sandra’s love story is brought to life through a multitude of ages, from 15 to 50, as the story moves from present-day to past and back again.

Edward tells Will about how, as a teenager, he met a Witch, played by Shelley Martin who has an amazing voice. About the time he faced down a Giant, confidently played from great height by Aiden Roe who was terrorising his small Alabama hometown. And the story of how he met Will’s mother, Sandra at the circus.

We enjoyed fine performances from Aidan Meikle, following in family tradition as Young Will and Josh Greene as grown up Will, who is now about to become a father himself with wife Josephine played well by Becky Gilbert. There was nice empathy between this couple.

Apart from Edward, Sandra and grown-up Will, the other nine actors, doubled as school friends fishermen, wedding guests, circus performers, and college students, zipping in and out of the firstrate costumes with aplomb. Every single member of cast gave unstinting commitment to the production.

Barry Starr’s set was impressive having multiple functions, swiftly transforming into a bedroom, a hospital, a circus, a cave, a meadow . . . the possibilities appeared endless. There was even a river through which a mermaid “swam”. Great stuff. Well done too to the whole technical team.

Sound and Lighting were spot on cue the whole time. Hair, Make-up, Costumes, Props and the lovely daffodil backdrop looked great and the scene changes exceptionally swift.

The matter of facing up to one’s own mortality and the subsequent funeral was well handled.

Emotive without being morbid. Part of this, of course, would be in the writing but the Director has to bring it to fruition and here Director Emily Starr did a great job.

Wilburton Theatre Group can always be relied on to offer their public something different and this show was just that. It overflowed with humour, emotion, lively performances and excellent singing.

It is a show which reminds one why we love going to the theatre.
J
ulie Petrucci
Regional Representative
NODA Review 15 April 2016
NODA East District Four South.

 

Posted on 02/05/2016

 

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Alexander Vargas

UK

Contact: alexandervargas1@gmail.com Wanted

A Proper Caper And No Mistake
I stumbled on an article in 2009 about a play called "A Proper Caper And No Mistake" by Anthea Roberts that was performed by the Buckfastleigh Drama Group. The story sounds absolutely fascinating and I was reaching out to see if there are any hard copies available of the play. Or even a digital copy. I would love to purchase one for reading.

Date Req'd: ASAP

Posted 24/04/2016