New Titles from Samuel French Ltd
Valentine:The Quintessential Vampire - A Romantic Comedy Horror by Peter Brammer.
This quirky comedy with a cast of 5 - M1 F4, features Valentine, a 100 year old human-vampire hybrid and part-time florist (!), who is still not sure exactly when, or indeed if, he wants to become a fully-fledged vampire.
Just The Ticket - A Comedy by Peter Quilter.
This play features one character, 60 year old Susan, in an eccentric journey through her life with its many adventures. Susan may be portrayed by just one actress, or by six, representing different stages of her life.
Saving It For Albie by Richard Harris.
Writer of Stepping Out, Harris's latest play features a cast of 4 - M2 F2 . It deals with the long-term implications of a holiday romance twenty years on, when a chance meeting brings the couple together again.
Kes, in a new adaptation for the stage by Robert Alan Evans.
Adapted from the classic book and film, Kes tells the story of Billy, a 15 year old, who is trying to figure out where his life will take him. His adoption of a kestrel hawk symbolises the world which might lie beyond his own small-town existence.
All scripts are available on loan from the DLI Library.
FOR ALL YOUR QUERIES ON PERFORMING RIGHTS, LICENCING AND ROYALTIES FOR AMATEUR PERFORMANCES PLEASE CONTACT
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Important News from Samuel French Ltd for Amateur Groups in Northern Ireland
As of 1st January 2013, all applications to perform Samuel French Ltd plays in Northern Ireland should be made directly to the Samuel French office in London www.samuelfrench-london.co.uk, and not to the DLI.
We will of course continue to welcome all enquiries about amateur drama from groups in Northern Ireland, and to issue licences on behalf of the other agencies for which we act in Ireland.
Please contact Valerie on 00 353 1 2969343 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries about this new licensing procedure.
Amateur Licensing and Royalties
Before making a decision on choosing any play for amateur performance, please take a look at the factsheet which our DLI Royalties Officer, John Corcoran, has put together. It covers all aspects of the important areas of amateur licensing.
Applying for Performing Rights...
Sean O'Casey Plays
As of 14 January 2013, the amateur rights to The Plough And The Stars, Juno And The Paycock and Shadow Of A Gunman have been re-released for amateur performance on a restricted basis. All applications for these plays must be sent to Valerie in the DLI Office (01 2969343 email@example.com) for approval.
God Of Carnage by Yasmina Reza
God Of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, premiered in London in 2008, is now available for amateur performance. Contact Valerie in the DLI Office for further details.
The amateur rights for CALENDAR GIRLS by Tim Firth will be released for 18 months only from 1st September 2012. Contact Valerie in the DLI office for further details.
GREASE – JUNE 2010
As of 1 June 2010, there is a change of agency for all GREASE-related business in the UK and Ireland. All future queries should be directed to Theatrical Rights Worldwide USA www.theatricalrights.com.
Please contact Valerie in the DLI office should you need further information on this, or on any other Samuel French musical.
Samuel French Agency
Samuel French Ltd (London) and Samuel French Inc (New York)
The Samuel French Agency aims to support the livelihood of the playwright in order to maintain the theatre of today and to safeguard its future. For this reason Licensing FEES (Royalties) must be paid for every amateur performance, regardless of whether or not admission is charged.
Always check the availability of the play for performance by amateur companies before commencing rehearsals.
The Drama League of Ireland, acting as agents for Samuel French Ltd, recommends that the work of the following playwrights always be checked regarding availability of amateur performing rights:
Restrictions on the work of certain playwrights may be subject to change - if in any doubt, please contact the DLI Office. Amateur groups who approach professional agencies directly will inevitably be referred back to DLI.
If you are unsure about the agent / or publisher please contact the DLI for the required information.
Playwrights who have been deceased for over 70 years are not subject to copyright. HOWEVER translations or adaptations of their work may still be subject to copyright law. (e.g. The Seagull by Anton Chekov trans Tom Stoppard)
All plays which are within copyright must be licensed. The DLI regards compliance as one of the most important areas of our activities. Dympna Murray is our new Compliance Officer, and she would welcome volunteers from around the country to act as monitors in their local area. If you are interested, please contact Dympna:
113 Highfield Park
Tip Sheet for Performing Rights
Application form for Performing Rights
Samuel French Website: http://www.samuelfrench-london.co.uk