Children and performances

There are numerous restrictions on the use of children in performances, depending on whether they are recorded for broadcast or live.

licensing solicitors dealing with playsIn respect of live shows, a child can only

  • Take part in a performance or rehearsal that lasts for less than 3 1/2 hours
  • Only take part in a performance or rehearsal for up to 2 1/2 hours
  • Rehearse/perform for a maximum of 6 consecutive days
  • take part in one performance on a school day

For those under 13 years of age, the child must not be present at a performance or rehearsal after 10:00pm, but for those 13 and over the restriction is 10.30pm.

Where a child is paid or performs on more than three days in a six month period, a licence may be required unless there is an exemption, such as for a performance organised by a school.  The application process takes 21 days.

For more information or details of other requirements, please contact us.

Read the law on children's performance licences

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