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So You Want to be a Theatre Producer? (Nick Hern Books) Paperback – 28 May 2010
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When was a book about how to be a producer a page-turner? That is what this is - and it is essential reading for anyone contemplating a life in the theatre fast lane. --Thelma Holt, Producer
Commercial theatrical production requires a combination of optimism, acumen and a dose of good fortune. It also requires a great deal of complicated background information. Seabright's book is that rare combination - a perfect handbook for beginners and a useful aide memoire for those of us who've been at it for years. --Nicholas Allott, Managing Director, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd
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This unique guide - the first `how-to' book of its kind on the subject - offers comprehensive, clear advice to anyone producing or selling a show, whatever the venue or scale. Packed full of insights and tricks of the trade, it will give you the inspiration and confidence you need - whether you are taking your first steps in the profession or simply want to know what it takes to get a show on the stage.
Drawing on his own experience as a producer of theatre productions at every level - from university, via the fringe, to the West End - James Seabright takes you through each stage of the process:
-Having an idea for a show or getting the rights to an existing one-
-Planning your budget and raising the money
-Booking your venue or a tour
-Marketing and selling the show effectively-
-Getting the production designed, rehearsed and onto the stage
From the fundamental (dealing with contracts) to the frivolous (how to organise your first-night party), every aspect is explained with the help of illuminating examples. There is also a wide-ranging appendix and a companion website with downloadable contract templates, marketing packs and budget spreadsheets.
`Commercial theatrical production requires a combination of optimism, acumen and a dose of good fortune. It also requires a great deal of complicated background information. Seabright's book is that rare combination - a perfect handbook for beginners and a useful aide memoire for those of us who've been at it for years.' Nicholas Allott, Managing Director, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd
`When was a book about how to be a producer a page-turner? That is what this is - and it is essential reading for anyone contemplating a life in the theatre fast lane.'
James Seabright is one of the UK's leading independent theatre producers. He has produced over one hundred shows in the West End, on UK and international tours and at the Edinburgh Festival, where he is the most prolific producer on the Fringe. In 2010, The Stage named him in its list of the hundred most influential people in British theatre.See all Product description
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The chapter on budgetting is especially outstanding as it not only covers important areas, but draws attention to things that often can get overlooked by the novice. Also the budget outlines are clear and explained in detail so it is very straightforward to put your own costings together.
There are also plenty of examples drawn from the author's personal experience which stops it from being dry-as-a-bone theory.
Everyone who wants to get a show on should read this, and it should be recommended reading on all Arts Admin courses.
I used to travel in such contractually treacherous valleys, with their many unforeseen pitfalls of unforeseen venue percentages and complex royalties, and the numerous, confusing different marketing and publicity paths- I wish I had beenprovides a clear, readable guide that is also a revealing insight into less the backstage life of emerging British theatre but the back office.
Comes with excellent list of online resources as well.