The Portsmouth Amateur Diary
(PAD) was set up
to help amateur theatre groups in the Portsmouth area plan their productions better,
avoid clashes of similar shows, and promote one another.
I believe that the amateur theatre
groups in the Portsmouth area should help one another, not compete for members and
audiences. Every month I publish a combined list of the forthcoming productions
in this area, which is emailed to over 200 individuals, drama groups, media contacts and other
organisations. I also keep this website up to date with
your show details and your show posters.
is a wide range of member groups who present a great variety of
different types of shows. Click
here to see the list of current members.
for PAD are to:
publicise the productions of our member groups
Publicity can be expensive - it is important
to know that it is well targeted. It is very likely that the people who come to one
member's shows will be interested in seeing other productions in the same area. The list
of members' forthcoming productions published in the programme has proved a very effective
means of publicity, targeted at the people who are most likely to take notice.
Copies of the diary are sent by email every month to all member groups and to
other recipients, including local libraries (most of which display the diary
on their notice boards), Tourist Information Centres, local newpapers,
Portsmouth Civic Offices and the Portsmouth City Arts Office, local radio
stations and a large number of individuals.
Please note that although we send copies
of the diary to local media organisations, this does not mean your show will
be included automatically in their events diaries. You will need to contact
the organisation yourself to ensure inclusion in their diaries.
clashes of production dates
When planning the dates of your next show, it
can be very useful to know whether other shows of a similar nature are being planned in
the area at the same time.
If you are an amateur theatre group performing in or around
Portsmouth (including Fareham, Petersfield, Chichester, Havant and Hayling
Island) and you want to join the Amateur Diary, it's easy. The
subscription is only ?10 per year
(January to December), to cover administration and website costs, or ?5 per
half-year (July to December). In return, you get:
A monthly mailshot, to all
member groups, of the listings for the next 6 to 12 months.
Details of your group and
your productions (including posters) added to the PAD website (updated daily).
Listings sent to local media,
newspapers, libraries and tourist information centres.
details included in the programmes of the productions of other member groups.
In return, all
I ask is that
you undertake to
add the latest listing to the programmes of each of your productions, and
keep me up to
date with the details of your future shows. The inclusion in your programme can
either be as one of the printed pages or a separate inserted A4 or A5 sheet
(obtainable from me or you can print your own from the website).
To find out more,
me on (UK) 07776 384 231 or press the following button to
send me an email