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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the newsgroup uk.culture.arts.theatre About this FAQ This FAQ has been compiled by Jezza (Jeremy McNeill) to whom suggestions may be mailed. It may also be appropriate to post suggestions for this FAQ in the newsgroup uk.culture.arts.theatre Thanks also to Blade Runner, David Lewis, Andy Broomsgove for their suggestions. The URL for this FAQ at http://www.hotwells.freeserve.co.uk/ukcat/ukcatfaq.html will be posted bi-monthly in the newsgroup uk.culture.arts.theatre A text only version is available at http://www.hotwells.freeserve.co.uk/ukcat/ukcatfaq.txt I'll do my best to update it as quickly as possible when (and if) people send me more information or I notice something relevant in ukcat. An archive of postings to uk.culture.arts.theatre is available. Part 1 (upto Mar 24th 2000) at http://www.hotwells.freeserve.co.uk/ukcat/ukcat001.txt - 183 kb Part 2 (Mar 27th 2000 - September 14th 2000) at http://www.hotwells.freeserve.co.uk/ukcat/ukcat002.txt - 519 kb Part 3 (September 15th 2000 - November 7th 2000) at http://www.hotwells.freeserve.co.uk/ukcat/ukcat003.txt - 212 kb Part 4 (November 9th 2000 - April 16th 2001) at http://www.hotwells.freeserve.co.uk/ukcat/ukcat004.txt - 503 kb Changes from version 2.04 - addition of link to uk.culture.arts.theatre archive Part 4 (ukcat004.txt) and updating of web site links list Changes from version 2.03 - revision of wording in section 1.4 Changes from version 2.02 - addition of link to uk.culture.arts.theatre archive Part 3 (ukcat003.txt) Changes from version 2.01 - addition of link to uk.culture.arts.theatre archive Part 2 (ukcat002.txt) and updating of web site links list Changes from version 2.0 - addition of link to uk.culture.arts.theatre archive Part 1 (ukcat001.txt) 1.1: Legal Stuff 1.1.1: This document, hereafter known as the FAQ, is copyrighted by Jeremy McNeill (Jezza). All rights reserved unless expressly hereafter waived. The author's moral rights are asserted. 1.1.2: Any person may post the FAQ complete (including this section complete) to any usenet newsgroup in which theatre is usually discussed. 1.1.3: Any person may post extracts from section 1 of the FAQ and all sections thereafter, or e-mail such extracts to any person, provided that the source of said extracts is acknowledged as the FAQ. 1.1.4: The FAQ is published for recreational use and enjoyment only. Any person who relies on any statement herein, or within any site to which a link appears in the FAQ, does so solely at his/her own risk. All liability (whether by statute, in tort, or however arising, and whether or not by the negligence of any person) on the part of the author or any contributor to the FAQ, is hereby excluded. 1.2: What is uk.culture.arts.theatre? uk.culture.arts.theatre is the main news group for discussing theatre from a UK perspective. The news group was proposed by Jezza: email@example.com 1.3: Where is the charter? The charter can be seen in full at http://www.usenet.org.uk/uk.culture.arts.theatre.html but there are really only a few essential points to observe which are: Advertising is forbidden, with these exceptions: Suppliers of goods and services relevant to professional and amateur theatre in the UK may post, not more than once every 3 months, an invitation of four lines or fewer, to visit their web site or request details. The subject line should begin "ADVERT: ", except for vacancy adverts, when it should begin "JOB ":, or if relevant "CASTING: " Binaries are not permitted but you can post binaries to a binary group or (even better) on a web page and post the URL to ukcat. Post in plain text only, not HTML or RTF. Find out how to do this at http://www.usenet.org.uk/ukpost.html 1.4: What is regarded as on topic in uk.culture.arts.theatre? Anything to do with theatre! This can include discussion of theatre in other countries from a UK perspective. Professionals, amateurs, playgoers welcome. It is a news group and it belongs to the users. Group was created on September 2 1999. Please note that posting adverts for local productions is probably not very effective as readers of the group could be anywhere in the world! It would most likely be more efficient to post such adverts (but only if permitted by charter!) in your uk.local newsgroup. There are other theatre newsgroups in other languages, (listed below at 1.7). 1.5: How do I avoid being flamed? You will not get flamed unless: (a) you deserve it (b) you post to the group (c) you can take it (d) you post to the group (e) you post questions such as: I've got to do an essay on Shakespeare as a playwright. Can anyone help? Is he any good? (f) you ask how to make a telephone ring on stage! [Hint go to rec.arts.theatre.stagecraft FAQ -- http://www.faqs.org/faqs/theatre/stagecraft/faq/ for the answer] 1.6: Do you know of any good newsreaders (free), that I can download? Free Agent at http://www.forteinc.com/ 1.7: Beside uk.culture.arts.theatre, what other theatre news groups are there? English language newsgroups alt.acting - International acting newsgroup aus.theatre - Australian newsgroup rec.arts.theatre.misc - Miscellaneous international discussion rec.arts.theatre.musicals - Musicals rec.arts.theatre.plays - Plays rec.arts.theatre.stagecraft - Stage Management, design, lighting, technical Foreign language newsgroups han.arts.theater - Chinese newsgroup nl.kunst.theater - Dutch newsgroup fr.rec.arts.theatre - French newsgroup de.rec.kunst.theater - German newsgroup nord.kultur.theater - North German newsgroup it.arti.teatro - Italian newsgroup pl.hum.teatr - Polish newsgroup es.soc.cultura.teatro - Spanish newsgroup 1.8: OK, I give up. What is the preferred and accepted Netiquette on ukcat? (Or any part of usenet?) It's ever so simple really: a) Always post at the bottom of the message to which you are replying. b) Clip any part of the quoted message that isn't relevant to your post, (especially the sig unless you have some comment to make about it). c) Having made a note of (b) you must also remember that posting a reply without quoting any of the message to which you're replying is a heinous crime. It really just takes a bit of common sense. Make your post as if someone was reading the thread for the first time. Will that person be able to understand to whom you are replying and the point you are trying to make? 1.9: Useful urls for those interested in theatre Albermarle London Theatre Guide -- http://www.albemarle-london.com/ AmDram - Amateur Theatre UK -- http://www.amdram.org.uk/ Arts Council of Great Britain -- http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/ Arts Info -- http://www.arts-info.co.uk/ Association of British Theatre Technicians -- http://www.abtt.org.uk/ Association of Lighting Designers -- http://www.ald.org.uk/ Association of Professional Theatre for children and young people -- http://www.apt.org.uk British Actor's Equity -- http://www.equity.org.uk/ British Theatre -- http://britishtheatre.about.com The Clowning Register -- http://www.clowning.co.uk/ Circus, Theatre & Music Hall Families page -- http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~paulln/circus.htm Conference of Drama Schools -- http://www.drama.ac.uk/ Directors' Guild of Great Britain -- http://www.dggb.co.uk/ Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund -- http://www.eabf.org.uk/ Samuel French -- http://www.samuelfrench-london.co.uk/ Glossary of Technical Theatre Terms -- http://www.exeter.ac.uk/drama/tech/glossary.html Independent Theatre Council -- http://www.itc-arts.org/ International Centre for Women Playwrights -- http://www.internationalwomenplaywrights.org/ Internet Resources for Theatre & Performance Studies -- http://www.stetson.edu/~csata/thr_guid.html NODA North West -- http://www.nodanw.demon.co.uk National Association of Youth Theatres -- http://www.nayt.org.uk/ National Council for Drama Training -- http://www.ncdt.co.uk/ Production Services Association -- http://www.psa.org.uk/ PLASA (Professional Lighting and Sound Association) -- http://www.plasa.org.uk/ The Puppetry Homepage -- http://www.sagecraft.com/puppetry/ rec.arts.theatre FAQ - Part One -- http://www.faqs.org/faqs/theatre/part1/ rec.arts.theatre FAQ - Part Two -- http://www.faqs.org/faqs/theatre/part2/ rec.arts.theatre FAQ - Part Three -- http://www.faqs.org/faqs/theatre/part3/ rec.arts.theatre.stagecraft FAQ -- http://www.faqs.org/faqs/theatre/stagecraft/faq/ Rogues and Vagabonds resources links -- http://www.roguesandvagabonds.co.uk/links.html#Resources Rose Bruford's Unofficial Information page -- http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/djchadderton/Bruford.htm The School Show Page -- http://www.schoolshows.demon.co.uk/ Scene 4 Magazine -- http://www.scene4.com/ Script layout advice from Yorkshire Playwrights -- http://www.poptel.org.uk/unholy/yp/layout.html Shakespeare Online -- http://www-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/works.html Society of British Theatre Designers -- http://www.theatredesign.org.uk/ The Spotlight -- http://www.spotlightcd.com/ The Stage -- http://www.thestage.co.uk/ UK Stage Management web site -- http://freespace.virgin.net/paul.anders Stagespecs Online -- http://www.stagespecs.com/ UK Actor's Register -- http://home.btconnect.com/bdw/ UK Theatre Web -- http://www.uktw.co.uk/ What's on Stage -- http://www.whatsonstage.com/ Individual company and theatre links are not listed above as they can be found by using the links above and internet search engines. Please send details of broken or other useful links to firstname.lastname@example.org