Resources - Technical

10 Top Tips for Tech Specs
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10 Top Tips for Tech Specs

Tips for writing a tech spec, effectively communicating your needs to venues.

Freelance Technician’s agreement
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Freelance Technician’s agreement

This is a sample contract which can be adapted for use when employing a freelance technician.

Helpful advice for touring technicians
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Helpful advice for touring technicians

About to head off on your first tour? Or are you a producer working with a new technician on the road? This handy resource runs through some helpful pieces of advice to remember whilst touring with a production.

PPL PRS: Application for Interpolated Music
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PPL PRS: Application for Interpolated Music

Most companies use music in their shows. “Interpolated” music is defined as music which is performed by or intended to be audible to a character in the theatrical production. Here's the application form from PPL PRS.

PPL PRS: Setlist for Incidental Music
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PPL PRS: Setlist for Incidental Music

Most companies use music in their shows. “Incidental” music is defined as music heard by the theatre audience as an accompaniment to the play, but which is not performed by, or intended to be audible to, any of the characters in the play. Here's the required form from PPL PRS.

Production Hazard Assessment
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Production Hazard Assessment

This document is used by Oxford Playhouse alongside a risk assessment, to assess any hazards that may interfere with regular procedures at the venue during a production.

Sample risk assessment
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Sample risk assessment

A sample risk assessment to accompany a touring technical specification, to assess and reduce any potential risks.

Sample technical rider by house
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Sample technical rider by house

An example of a technical rider, used for a touring performance.

Technical Requirements form
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Technical Requirements form

This form is sent from Oxford Playhouse to visiting companies prior to their performances, in order to gather related technical information.

Use of Music in Performances
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Use of Music in Performances

Most companies use music in their shows. Have a look at this handy guide to find out more about declaring the music you use and when you need to get permission.