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Public Performances

The scripts on this website can be used as a classroom resource, or for performances by young actors. The Arts On The Move authors have worked hard to produce high quality work for you and it is therefore only fair that they should receive a small fee for providing you with a performance opportunity. If you are giving a public performance of any of the scripts on this website, you must purchase a Performing Rights Licence.

What is a public performance?

If the audience contains 'visitors' to the school, for example, parents, families, primary school students, students from another school, or members of the public, your performance will be classed as a public performance and a licence must be purchased. This applies whether an audience admission charge is made or not.

Performing Rights Licences do not need to be purchased if the script is being read amongst students in your class, or if a performance is being given only to the people who attend your school on a regular day-to-day basis, for example, students and staff, or if the only 'visitor' is an external examiner.

Performing Rights Licences must be purchased prior to any public performance. Any school, drama group, or youth theatre staging a public performance without a required licence shall be deemed to be in breach of licensing requirements. A retrospective licence fee (£100 per performance or 50% of box office, whichever is greater) will become immediately payable. Your premises and liability insurance could also be negated due to staging unauthorised performances.

The paperback editions of play scripts all come with a free Performing Rights Licence which allows you to give one performance of the play and is valid for two months.

Each Performing Rights Licence available from Arts On The Move allows you up to five performances of the corresponding script and is valid for six months from the date of purchase.

Extended Performing Rights Licences

For any public performances that fall outside the standard performing rights offered above, an 'Extended Performing Rights Licence' must be purchased.

Please contact Arts On The Move or call 0161 881 0868 to discuss your specific licence requirements and to purchase Extended Performing Rights Licences.

Photocopying Scripts

Permission is granted to copy play scripts for use only by the purchasing organisation for distribution within one group or class, and for rehearsal or performance purposes only.

Changes To Text

Major revisions of the text, including adding scenes or characters, should not be made without prior permission of the author. Authors can be contacted via Arts On The Move.

Audio or Video Recordings

No photographic, video digital and/or audio recordings of performances should be made without prior permission of Arts On The Move. Email Arts On The Move to gain permission.


Copying of music CDs or MP3 files is only permitted for purposes associated with rehearsals and performance. Permission must be sought to give a public performance of the songs or music separately from the musicals, in circumstances unconnected with the licensed performance.


The name of the author and, in the case of musicals, the composer, must be displayed on all forms of advertising, digital, electronic and promotional material including posters, programmes, leaflets, press releases, websites and blogs produced in connection with any performance.

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