It’s the final week of our guide to producing your own burlesque show. In this blog we’re covering the last final bits and bobs you’ll need to remember when planning your own event.
If you want your show to run smoothly on the night, we cannot stress the importance of a carefully planned out running order. It’s basic good etiquette to provide a running order to your cast in advance of the show, as it allows performers to plan their evening and their getting ready strategy, which is crucial for complicated costume, hair and makeup changes.
Aim for a good ‘flow’ in your show. Arrange the acts in an order that complement each other and keep things interesting; don’t put two similar acts on consecutively. If you’ve got a messy or wet act that requires extra cleanup (eg performers using cream, champagne or other liquids, or lots of glitter) allow for that, by, for example, putting this act on last in a set, so that cleanup can be done in the interval.
Finally, make sure you have at least one copy of the running order displayed clearly backstage for your performers to refer to. Have separate copies for your stage manager and the sound / lighting techs, so that everyone is clued in and knows what is happening when. There’s nothing worse than performers scrabbling round backstage looking for the (extremely busy!) stage manager to get a peek at the only copy of a running order, which is currently in the stage manager’s pocket and likely covered in their own notes pertaining to each act.
Public Liability Insurance
Public Liability Insurance is an absolute must have if you’re putting on a show. The venue will have its own insurance and most performers will have too, but that doesn’t mean you’re covered.
As the promoter / producer, it’s your job to ensure that you have the right insurance to cover yourself, should anything go wrong. Equity is a great place to start; not only do they offer insurance but legal help and advice too, well worth the very reasonable monthly fee.
Music Fees: PRS
Burlesque and music go hand in hand so make sure you check into PRS issues. Most venues will hold their own PRS licence, which should cover you for use of music tracks in a live burlesque show. However, some venues (particularly theatres for example) will require you to fill out a PRS form, detailing the music used, and you may have to pay a fee to them. For more info on PRS visit their official website.
That brings us to the end of The ABC Guide to Producing Your Own Show. Join us next week for a brand new blog.
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