The following agreement is to try to ensure that the show
goes as well as possible for you by telling you what I
need in order to do a good show.
Please note that this
covers a range of different types of shows and event.
bookings of performances are subject to the terms and
conditions here, and are an agreement between whoever is
booking the show, and Mike Rawlinson, trading as Paradox
First my bit:
I have and enhanced disclosure
CRB certificate, and £10,000,000 public liability
full risk assessment has been carried out and there are no
significant risks to anyone watching the show
hanging fabrics used are certified fireproof
And now what I need from you.
Sorry if some of this seems obvious.
Proper changing facilities must be provided (Not the
I will need to
be able to park reasonably close to unload, and may need
help with carrying props.
It is an interactive show and
heckling is part of the fun, however in the unlikely event
of any audience member being seriously disruptive, it is
the responsibility of the venue staff to deal with it.
Outdoor Shows If the weather is unsuitable for an
outdoor show, an indoor alternative must be provided.
Unless otherwise agreed in writing, payment is due
immediately following the performance. Cheques are accepted from local authorities etc
and BACS details are on the invoice.
Personal cheques will only be accepted 30 days in advance of the event,
otherwise payment must be in cash.
Get in and Clear Out:
One hour minimum for
setting up and a further half-hour for getting out.
Ideally the hall should be free for this, but if you do
need simultaneous use, please discuss first.
Once a booking is confirmed I decline other offers of work
for that date. In the event of cancellation of a show, 75% of the
fee is payable, unless I have arrived on site in which case the full fee
is payable. If I am
able to obtain substitute work for the same date, I will return the fee,
or part if I have to work for a lower fee.
sound and lighting facilities and a technical operator
must be provided by the venue. The technician must he
available for get-in and technical run through, 90 minutes
before the start.
Sorry but recording is not permitted, but feel free to
take still photographs.
Neither Paradox Theatre
nor any associated individual shall be liable for losses
due to cancellation of a performance due to circumstances
beyond the performer’s control
Distractions I don’t
use amplification and my shows involve audience participation and a degree
of subtlety. I can’t work close to bouncy castles, barrel organs,
discos, or other noise source. Occasionally I get asked to entertain
children while adults in the same room have a chat. It simply doesn’t
work. Adults are more than welcome, but if they want to socialize they
must leave the room. I reserve the right to cut short any performance that
in my view is being disrupted by extraneous noise, without a reduction in
Requirements for Schools
Area: A block
stage size 4m x 2m with at least 1.5m clearance behind
it is the absolute minimum I can work with, and
ideally I need 5m x 3m. If a stage is not possible, then
we can just use the floor with older children on benches
and chairs. Please note that as the fireproofed backdrop
cannot be washed, the performing area needs to be clean
and preferably freshly swept. (If no one is available to
do this please have a brush handy). I will need two
I expect a staff to pupil ratio similar to a teaching
situation, and in view of the aims of the show, it is
useful for teachers to see it. In any case, why miss a
A Few Common Sense Points
who are easily upset by new or unusual situations should
be placed where they can be easily ‘retrieved’ if
Please advise me of any
children with special needs that I should be aware of.
performances by Paradox Theatre are ‘Acts as Known’ and
cannot be booked on an employee basis.