The InPlayers are active and busy and have a full programme ahead for our 2016/17 season.  We are planning three full productions each season, alongside our many other events (about which we will email in a week or so).

The submission periods are now open for members or non-members who would like to direct a play or musical in:


March or July 2017 - submission period closing date Monday 31st October 2016
November 2017 - submission period closing date Monday 9th January 2017

2016/2017 Season

November 2016 production: 30th November - 4th December 2016
Mother Courage and her Children, Bertolt Brecht, directed by Svarupa.
Full length production at the Polanen Theater, Amsterdam (www.polanentheater.nl) 

March 2017 production: 22nd - 26th March 2017
Open for submission until Monday 31st October 2016
Full length production or musical at the Polanen Theater, Amsterdam (www.polanentheater.nl)

June 2017 production: approx. 19th June - 2nd July 2017 (or shorter)
Open for submission until Monday 31st October 2016
Full length production or musical at the Polanen Theater, Amsterdam (www.polanentheater.nl) 

2016/2017 Season

 

November 2017 production: approx. 15th - 26th November 2017 (or shorter)
Open for submission until Monday 9th January 2017
Full length production or musical, location still to be decided

March/June 2018 productions
Submission periods will open later in 2017

 

This is a great opportunity for you to fulfil those dreams in a safe, supported way knowing that cast, crew, rehearsals, theatre and ticket sales are taken care of, if that’s what you need.  We don’t aspire to be the hottest show in town.  The InPlayers is about letting anyone and everyone get involved in English-language amateur dramatics and we like to keep it friendly, fun and relaxed, but of course as high-quality as we can make it.

If you have a play but can’t direct, then feel free to nominate a director and be sure to include their name in the submission. We can’t find one for you.  Please also forward this email on to anyone you think might be considering directing but hasn’t heard of the InPlayers.

 

These are the guidelines:

Submissions:

Anything is welcome and will be considered! The important thing is that you have to direct (or have someone who will direct for you). The submission deadlines are listed above. After these deadlines we won’t consider anything more for these production dates.Just send an email to in.players.amsterdam@gmail.com before the deadlines if you have an idea and we will help you flesh it out. Once the deadlines have passed, the committee will look at all submissions and get back to everyone who submitted, with our feedback and choice, by the middle of November 2016 or the middle of January 2017 (depending on which production you have submitted for).  You may be asked to present your idea to the committee.

 

Your production:

You don’t need to have thought it all through to the last detail, but we would like you to have considered the following in your submission:

 - How much the performance rights might cost. You can easily find this on the internet.
 - Who you have on board to help as stage manager
 - Technicalities such as music, lights, props, audio-visual, set and costumes required.  Although we can handle most things, we do have to think about a budget and we try not to let costs run out of control.  If you’re still not sure on all of this, that’s fine. We really just need to know if there will be anything complicated or very expensive.

We are considering a longer run of performances for June, so a musical might be suitable for then, but not a necessity.  We can also do that next year! Given the lightheartedness of Three By Three and the seriousness of Mother Courage, we are open to anything now as the balance in our programme is good.

Your cast:

InPlayers has 67 members (this year), 35 women and 32 men - not all act, but most do. We like to involve as many members as possible in our productions, but smaller casts are also welcome, given the large number that have been involved in recent productions. Prospective members are of course also welcome to audition and join. All those cast in a production must become a member.

Your crew:

We have many people associated with us who have expertise in costumes, music, piano playing, lights, sound and set, so we can help with any of that, although of course you are welcome to arrange your own crew.

 

Your auditions:

We will help you arrange auditions and book the location.  We have mailing lists we can use and we like to be kept in the loop, but you can also do everything yourself of course.  We require that you hold open auditions, although anyone can attend (they don’t have to be members).

 

Your rehearsals:

We will help you book rehearsals too and these will probably be at CREA in Amsterdam - www.crea.uva.nl. Rehearsal space is expensive though, so we try and keep it to one Saturday or Sunday a week, with any week day rehearsals at another less expensive location (someone’s home, an anti-squatter location or a local school). You will probably be able to rehearse only once at the theatre, before production.

 

Your budget:

Of course we would like to set all costs off against ticket sales and we intend to step up our publicity over the coming year to achieve this.  However it doesn’t always work out as planned and we have some room to fund performances from membership fees and our subsidy.  At the end of the day, we are all about putting on plays, not about making a profit.  Though breaking even would be good…;-)

 

Your publicity and ticket sales:

We will help with publicity and, of course, ticket sales, but we expect the director to also get involved in publicising the performance.  We are looking into online ticket sales and this will probably be up and running shortly.

 

Your contact with the committee:

If your submission is selected, you will be assigned a committee member as your contact person for the committee.  They will help with as much as you feel necessary, particularly budgeting, but ultimately planning and production will be down to you.

 

Pre-cast plays

Occasionally people approach us with a play and the cast already in mind.  We are very open to helping with the production of a pre-cast play, but it won’t be considered for these main three productions.  If the committee decides to facilitate this, it will be presented separately. This is because we believe our mission is to get people of all levels involved in amateur dramatics and we therefore want everyone to have a chance at auditioning for our main productions.

 

We very much look forward to hearing from you!