Congratulations, you’ve chosen your show and you are now on the road to getting your production on stage! One of the first jobs on your ‘to-do’ list is to secure the performing rights for the show you have chosen. This is a simple process and should be done in advance of holding any auditions or making further plans for your show.

Performance Rights – Your Questions Answered

In the case of an original production, performance rights are not required.
Don’t panic! We have lots of helpful information here, with three easy steps to point you in the right direction.
Don’t let the idea of performance rights deter you. Our simple guide will highlight and cover some of your questions on this subject.


If your production is an original, performance rights are not necessary. However, if your production is not an original, chances are you will need performance rights.

In order to progress in the Student Theatre Awards, you will be asked to provide proof of sufficient performance rights, if you are shortlisted.

Find out which agency holds the rights for your chosen play or musical. Agents and agencies act on behalf of the creators and these are the relevant people to approach, not the artists themselves. A simple search on the internet should advise who the agent/agency is.


For a more detailed guide, please make sure to read our Performance Rights document, where you can find information on where/how to contact agencies and other helpful websites about performance rights.

Once you’ve established who holds the rights for your show, check their website, where all the information should be easily available.


For larger agencies, standard procedure is to fill out an online enquiry form, whereas smaller agencies may accept individual emails or phone calls.

Using the information, you received from the agency, apply for your performance rights. You should do so a few weeks in advance of beginning your auditions or rehearsals, to avoid disappointment and too much forward planning.


Please Note: There can be varying fees associated with performance rights. The agency will be able to provide you with this information quickly and easily.

Ultimately if performance rights are not bought, the artists involved would not be able to create new work as they would not be able to earn a living from it. Not having the performance rights goes against a code that honours the artists behind the shows that you (the performers, production teams and audiences) love.


For a more detailed guide, please make sure to read our Performance Rights document. This document also provides you with information on where/how to contact agencies and other helpful websites about performance rights.

If you still need help, please contact our Project Office on (01) 5224840 and a team member will be happy to assist you.

Download Our Guide to Performance Rights