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 Posted: Wed Jan 29th, 2014 03:08 pm
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I know it's a while since the last response to this but I came across this while research 247.

I don't understand why people have got an issue with others earning some money for their efforts.

Firstly, there are not many festivals and writing contests that are free to enter. There are a few small fringe festivals and some larger production companies that do not charge but, in the main, there will always be a fee. It costs you almost a hundred pounds to register just one show with the Edinburgh Fringe and they do practically nothing.

Secondly, the readers will not offer their services for nothing. It takes a lot off time and effort to read, score and critique scripts. Would you do it for free?

Then, of course, there are the other overheads - legal fees, accountants fees, insurance, venue hire, staffing, electricity, phone bills, travel expenses, publicity, etc.

I write as one of those evil business men who is, himself, setting up a similar festival in Liverpool -http://www.pagetostage.org.uk . Why am I doing it? Certainly not to become rich - I am going through the process of setting up a not-for-profit company; If I did not have other streams of income to support this venture, I wouldn't be able to do it. Yes, hopefully I will earn a little bit of money from it, but for the effort and time I put in it will be less than minimum wage. I've done my costings.

I am running the festival because there is a vacuum left by the Write Now Festival ending. Why did the director pull his festival? Simply because it was not profitable! I am providing a platform for writers to get their plays performed. I am providing an opportunity for them to learn how to stage their own plays (Oh, how I wish someone had give me such guidance all those years ago); I am providing up to fifty performances - opportunities for local actors to showcase their talents; I am making links with larger theatres who will be invited to performances to see new writing and local actors.

So please, please, don't criticise a group of non-profit oriented people for trying to provide a service to writers, actors, producers, theatre practitioners and actors.

Last edited on Wed Jan 29th, 2014 03:10 pm by JohnMc_Lpool