how to make more theatre in unlicensed venues

Convener(s): Gary Campbell

Participants: Francesa hyde, Josh Neicho, Alan from donkey works

Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations:

We discussed the limitations of running events solely on temporary events notices { only 12 events a year ] although this is per venue so there are opportunities to do a greater number of events but in many different venues.

Finding spaces and building relationships with property owners was highlighted as a key element, not impossible but time consuming and a matter of luck

The should be a database of possible leads and a forum for sharing information – link to josh neicho’s earlier discussion 

Invited audiences and donation schemes seem to work for some events

Members clubs were suggested as an option, but they come with their own restrictions and the license for that is over £1000

A Company would probably need to be set up in order to run anything for a longer term – don’t forget to pay your rates bill and ask for a reduction.

Clarification of the law regarding this issue was questioned – we decided we needed a lawyer – are there theatre lawyer’s? visit citizen’s advice bureau 

What about a license for a moving venue – such as a boat, bus, train etc… is this street theatre? 

Example’s of venue’s that have run without a license initially and got away with it for a number of years before becoming legitimate ; - 

  • Shunt
  • Arcola
  • Passing clouds

Examples of venues that have squatted but formed relations with the council

  • 142 gallery
  • Rampart st
  • Chapel project
  • Area 10 

Flashmobbing was discussed as an option – but how to generate income? 

Early raves in the 80’s advertised on pirate radio cited as an inspiration. 

Organisations that should be approach for advice

  • Newworknetwork
  • Cida
  • Citizen’s advice bureau
  • Theatre lawyer