Terms and Conditions
These terms and conditions apply, where relevant, to
any individual or organisation booking a performance by
Professor Paradox, or any Paradox Theatre production.
Parking and Unloading: I will need to be able
to unload close to the performing area
and to park nearby for the duration of the visit. Any
parking charges will be added to the fee. Please advise at
the time of booking if the performance is in an upstairs
room. In some circumstances I may need help with carrying
I need somewhere to
anything reasonable but not the toilets!
Occasionally there are problems during a show; a child
gets stung by a wasp, frightened by a dog etc. children
start throwing stones at the performer, drunken adults
disrupt the show - it’s all happened! You must ensure that
there are a minimum of two responsible adults on hand at
all times, who can deal with any eventuality that may
occur. Stewarding is the responsibility of the venue.
Please note that I
do not work with children unless there are other adults
I don't generally use
amplifiers or microphones and the shows involve a lot of
audience participation. For this reason I can't work in a
noisy environment eg next to bouncy castles or barrel
organs, or at events with continuous amplified
The biggest problem I encounter at private
functions is trying to perform while adults in the room
socialise and chat. It completely ruins the show, and I
reserve the right to cut short any performance that is
being disrupted by extraneous noise.
Please note that I do
not do parties in pubs or similar licensed premises
In the case of festivals etc I will use amplification if
absolutely necessary but this must be discussed prior to
Weather: If the weather is unsuitable for an outdoor
show, suitable shelter must be provided.
Cancellations: Once a booking is accepted I decline
other offers of work, including better offers. This
commitment works both ways - once you have booked a show,
if you cancel before the event, then the full fee is payable,
less the travel element. In the case of a performer attending
an event that is cancelled, then the full fee is payable
including the travel. In the rare event of a cancellation,
if I am offered suitable alternative work at a lower fee,
only the difference is payable. Please note that
contracts, including verbal contracts are legally binding.
Delays: Unless I am booked on a day rate, excessive or
unreasonable delays are charged at £20 per hour. If I have
another appointment to go to, I may need to cut short a
performance without a reduction in fee.
Payment:: Personal cheques are not accepted and for
all private functions full payment in cash is due
immediately following the performance. For schools,
theatres and organisations cheques are generally
acceptable, alternatively payment my be made by BACS -
details on the invoice. If an invoice is required please
say so at the time of booking.
Basic 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.
Parties at Home: I prefer to perform in halls, but
when a performance is held at home please note that I need
a reasonable clear space so a large room is essential.
Although due care is taken, the shows are active slapstick
clown shows designed to be performed in halls and
theatres, and it is the responsibility of the person
booking the show to remove anything breakable or valuable
from the performing area, including electronic equipment
etc. If it can't be moved, cover with a blanket, but note
that this is at your own risk.
At events open to the public the performer may offer
suitable merchandise for sale without paying any
commission to anyone.
employment legislation purposes, all performances are
“Acts as Known”, and cannot be booked as an employee of
the venue. Invoices must be paid in full..
I’m happy to draw raffles,
present prizes etc. but do ask before the day. Note that I
do not participate in judging
have public liability cover for claims up to £10,000,000
I am not liable
for losses due to a failure to perform
I don’t mind if short sections of a show are recorded for
personal use, but if you want to record long sections, or
use recordings for any other purpose, please discuss it
with me beforehand
Risk Assessment: A full risk assessment has been
carried out, and there are no significant hazards to the
audience or passing members of the public, provided that
the stewards ensure that children only enter the
performing area when invited do so. Risk assessment is
kept under constant review.
agreed duration of performances is an approximate time
that may vary a little either way depending on
circumstances. The standard length of a show for parties
and similar events is approximately one hour. Set up time
for parties is around 30 minutes.
CRB and Public
Liability Insurance I confirm CRB certificate and
public liability insurance are maintained up to date
booking a show you will be asked to provide a postal
address. This is for administration purposes and in the
case of personal or home addresses, will not be retained
after completion of the contract