The InPlayers are active and busy and have a full program ahead for our 2018/19 season. We are planning three full productions each season, alongside our many other events.
The submission periods are now open for members or non-members who would like to direct a play or musical in:
Fall 2018 production: Nov 26 - Dec 2
Spring 2019 production: March 19 - March 24
Summer 2019 production: TBA
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:
Anything is welcome and will be considered! The important thing is that you have to direct (or have someone who will direct for you). Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadlines if you have an idea and we will help you flesh it out. The committee will look at all submissions and get back to everyone who submitted, with our feedback and choice. You may be asked to present your idea to the committee.
The InPlayers' submission procedure has changed, so that directors are no longer required to submit proposals for productions by a specific cut off time. Currently, the only time constraints are that the production be mounted on the dates that a theatre has been pre-booked for; for example a winter, spring or summer production. That is, unless the director requires another theatre that has similar dates available, and can help in arranging an agreement with that theatre. In fairness to anyone else who may have also been considering a proposal for similar dates, once the InPlayers committee has received a viable submission, a notice will go out to the membership and onto the website giving a two week window for anyone else who wishes to submit another proposal for that production period. This has been decided for the purposes of giving a director the chance to begin preparations as far in advance as they find necessary. This means that a proposal for up to two years in advance may be considered.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!