It is a breach of copyright to produce, perform, present or make copies of a script either in its entirety or in the form of excerpts, whether or not any admission charge is made, without a licence to do so.
Please note that you must make sure you have acquired a licence before starting rehearsals or issuing publicity.
We welcome enquiries from all producers and directors to discuss your needs and interest in New Zealand plays. We have strong in-house knowledge of current and historical New Zealand work and are here to assist in matching producers and directors with plays. We are happy to provide copies to producers and directors.
STEP 1: FIND THE PLAY
You have seen/read/found/heard about a brilliant play and you want to stage a production, a public reading, or take an option out on it.
You are looking for a New Zealand play to produce: Browse the online SCRIPT SEARCH or get in touch with us to discuss what you are looking for.
STEP 2: APPLY FOR THE RIGHTS
Once a play has been chosen, contact us to gain permission to present via our rights application form on this page. There are some restrictions on when and where a play may be available for production. The reason for this may depend on other productions licensed in the same territory or a planned touring production.
You must apply before rehearsals commence.
STEP 3: LICENCE THE PERFORMANCE
If approved, a licence contract is issued and emailed to you stipulating conditions such as:
- Where and when you can produce this script
- Appropriate credit for the playwright
- Limitations on alterations
- Issue of complimentary tickets
- Recording of performances
The rights may be subject to negotiation with a producer on a case-by-case basis.
An invoice for a non-returnable fee or advance against royalties is issued at the time of licensing. The amount charged varies according to the size of the venue, the number of performances and whether the production is professional, community or school and how long the licence is for.
STEP 4: CONFIRM THE LICENCE
Once the advance has been paid and a copy of the contract signed and returned to Playmarket you will have the rights to perform the script in the territory and on the dates specified in the contract.
Professional performance licence
A licence to produce and perform a professional production of a New Zealand play.
A non-refundable advance is charged. The amount of the advance varies according to the size of the venue, the number of performances and how long the licence is for. At the conclusion of a season the producer must pay the appropriate percentage of box office revenue. This is usually 10% but musicals or plays with a joint authorship may attract a higher percentage. If the percentage amount exceeds the amount of the advance paid then the balance of royalty is due within 14 working days of the season's final night.
Community performance licence
A licence to produce and perform a community (amateur) production of a New Zealand play.
A non-refundable fee or advance is charged. This, along with a signed copy of the contract, will confirm the licence. The charge is at a set rate determined by venue size and number of performances.
FOR VENUES OF 0 - 49 SEATS
$100 per performance
FOR VENUES OF 50 - 99 SEATS
$120 per performance
FOR VENUES OF 100 - 149 SEATS
$150 per performance
FOR VENUES OF 150+ SEATS
$200 per performance
Short plays are charged at a flat fee of $70 per performance
Some licences will require the producer to calculate the appropriate percentage of box office revenue at the conclusion of a season. This is usually 10% but musicals or plays with a joint authorship may attract a higher percentage. If this percentage amount exceeds the amount of the advance paid then the balance of royalties is due within 12 working days of the season's final night.
School or Tertiary performance licence
A licence for a primary or secondary school to perform a New Zealand play; or for a performance by a tertiary institution.
For a public performance a set fee of $120 per performance is charged for a full length play and $70 for a short play.
For NCEA assessment purposes, a set fee of $70 per performance is charged.
A licence giving sole, exclusive rights to perform a script in a specified area for a specified length of time. A non-refundable option fee is paid to obtain this licence. The amount of the fee is dependent on the territory and period of licence requested.
A licence for holding a public reading of a New Zealand play. A set fee of $70 is charged.
If you are holding a reading of an unpublished script within a membership organisation with only members present there is no charge for the reading but you will need to apply for a photocopy licence.
If you are holding a reading of a published script within a membership organisation with only members present there is no charge for the reading but you will need to buy copies of the book
A licence to photocopy unpublished manuscripts for rehearsal and production purposes. You are required to have a licence for as many copies of a play as are needed by the cast/director etc.
1 - 10 copies = $5 per copy
11 - 25 copies = $50 flat rate
Copies in excess of 25 will be $2 per additional copy.
For tertiary study, the cost is $5 per copy.