Our group licence agreement with the Author’s Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) allows permission for:

Speech & Drama Festivals to include spoken performances of poetry and prose to a limit of 10 minutes duration.

Solo Dramatic items may also qualify for copyright indemnity provided that the item is announced with title and author at the time of the performance and the performer must not change the words or gender of the character.


For Duologues and all other group dramatic works (including Musical Theatre) the onus on gaining copyright permission, and paying any royalty fees due, should be placed onto the performer in the absence of any other licensing arrangement.