THE DRILL HALL THEATRE COMPANY
Code of Conduct
This Code of Conduct is designed to clarify the Drill Hall Theatre Company’s expectations on how members, performers, production staff and all volunteers should conduct themselves whilst involved in the activities of the Company. By following this Code of Conduct, your reputation, and the reputation of the Drill Hall Theatre Company will be upheld and protected.
All involved in Drill Hall Theatre Company activities are expected to:
- Treat everyone with respect;
- Be fair, discrete, considerate and honest in all dealings with others;
- Refrain from any behaviour which will bring the Drill Hall Theatre Company into disrepute;
- Display control, respect and professionalism in all activities;
- Be courteous in dealings with others;
- Control their temper
- Refrain from any violent behaviour.
The Drill Hall Theatre Company will not tolerate discrimination, bullying, verbal or physical abuse, or sexual harassment against any member of our company, as a zero violence policy is in place.
The Role of the Director
A theatre director has responsibility for the overall practical and creative interpretation of the performance. The director has the right to select actors and crew and also has the right of dismissal where this Code of Conduct is disregarded. The director is involved at all stages of the process, from the design and pre-production stages and rehearsal, right through to the final performance.
The Director has ultimate responsibility for the performance. They may be assisted in their role by Assistant Directors, a Producer or Production Team, a Production Manager and/or a Stage Manager.
Directors work closely with their creative and production teams, the performers and the producer to create a performance which connects with the audience. They therefore need to be able to coordinate effectively across a wide range of disciplines and with artistic vision.
The Director should:
- Treat members of their cast with respect
- Be reasonable in their demands on time, energy and enthusiasm of performers and crew.
- Teach their cast the principles of theatre etiquette and stage craft and encourage gratification through achievement.
The Role of the Actor and Crew
All performers (and where appropriate Crew) should:
- Commit themselves to the production and all rehearsals.
- Learn lines as quickly as possible.
- Co-operate with the production team. Accept the Director’s advice in the spirit it is given for he/she is ultimately responsible for the performance and sees the production as a whole.
- Be aware that the Director, Stage Manager and Production Manager are the only persons who should direct actors. Actors should not direct other actors in the production.
- Be respectful of the theatre. Please help keep the theatre’s appearance clean and professional. Pick up and clean up after yourself.
- Be responsible and take care of all props and set items (remember that some are borrowed and are not replaceable.)
- Not move anyone’s prop without their knowledge and consent.
- Take responsibility for storing personal items, including costumes and props in appropriate places.
- Be on time for all rehearsals and performances. In production, all performers, technical and Front of House staff should be at the theatre at least one hour before the show. Doors open for the audience 30 minutes before the start of the show.
This Code is designed to provide for a safe and enjoyable environment for all. To this end the following also applies:
- Actors under the age of 18 will have a designated member of the production team responsible for their duty of care who will advocate on their behalf, where necessary, if problems arise. In some cases this will be the youth’s parent, where the parent is involved in the production.
- The director will liaise with the assigned advocate on any problems involving the youth actor.
In addition to the behaviour already outlined all participants must be aware that:
- The Theatre is in a residential area and noise restrictions apply. All noise should cease by 10:00pm and the theatre vacated by 11pm. At all times neighbours should be respected and post show noise kept to a minimum.
- Honesty is expected from all theatre personnel. Care should be taken of all property whether it belongs to the Drill Hall Theatre Company or to others.
- Discretion is expected from all theatre personnel in relation to theatre productions.
- Stealing will not be tolerated. This includes the theft of alcohol from the bar fridge.
- The equipment of other organisations using the Drill Hall must be respected and not interfered with.
Health and Safety
- Everyone has the right to participate in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe.
- Members, performers, production staff and volunteers must take responsibility for their own Health and safety, ensuring that their actions do not risk the health and safety of themselves or others.
- All hazards, accidents or injuries should be reported to the Director or Production Manager.
Alcohol and Drug consumption
- All activities on the Drill Hall site must be lawful. This particularly applies to the consumption of prohibited and illegal drugs.
- Alcohol can only be consumed by people of legal drinking age and should not be consumed by performers and crew until after the show. Alcohol may only be consumed to the extent that it does not affect the comfort, safety or performance of any member, performer, production staff or volunteer, nor harm the reputation of the Drill Hall Theatre Company.
- Staff drinks are offered at a reduced price to performers and crew and complimentary drinks are offered on the last night. Free drinks may be offered to sponsors and VIP’s by committee members where appropriate.
Theatre capacity and Front of House
- Theatre bookings will be kept to 100, allowing for 3 complementary tickets per night for media or sponsors. If comps are not required the tickets can be sold at the door.
- Trybookings or Bookshop purchases should not be onsold on the night if the purchaser is running late or indeed does not turn up for the show.
- If anyone has a grievance or feels that they have been unfairly treated they are encouraged to raise this issue with any member of the Production Team in the first instance and then the President of the Theatre Company.
Breach of the Code of Conduct
Blatant disregard of any of this Code of Conduct may jeopardize your ability to work with the Drill Hall Theatre Company.