Schools Will Rock You Licence - UK
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Who can take part and what are the key conditions of the licence?
- Your licence is for school productions only. This means primary schools through to secondary schools and sixth form colleges but not drama or performing arts schools.
- Your production must take place on your school’s premises and the performance venue must have a seating capacity of 350 or less unless we otherwise approve in writing.
- All of the performers and musicians in your production must be aged 18 or under and attend your school or otherwise they must be teachers at your school. Your production must not include any professionals.
- Your production must not be run for profit. This means that ticket prices must be set so that they are only intended to cover the costs of your production.
- We cannot allow you to make or permit others to make any recordings (audio or video) of your production.
- You may only advertise your production on your school’s premises, in your school’s printed literature (for example, your school’s magazine or in newsletters to parents), or on your school’s website.
- When you are advertising your production, you may only use the logo, posters and other advertising materials supplied on www.schoolswillrockyou.com. You may not use the logo or the advertising materials from the West End production of “We Will Rock You” or from any other professional production of the show. You may not register any new website domain name for your production or create any new logo for your production.
How much does it cost?
Acquiring your official Schools Will Rock You licence will cost you £125 and this will entitle you to stage 7 performances of the show over an 18 month period.
What do i receive for my licence fee?
The licence package includes the PVG score (piano vocal and guitar) and the script, plus a username and password giving you access to a premium area of this website. The premium section will offer you expert advice from the creative team of WWRY plus extra support from our SWRY consultant to help you stage the best show possible.
You will also be able to download and customise our SWRY posters, tickets and flyers.
Is there a backing track available?
Yes, we have developed a variety of purely optional additional items that can be purchased to help build your WWRY vibe, including:
- An exclusive full backing band track to the whole musical
- Merchandise (logos t-shirts / caps) (coming soon)
You can buy these once you have purchased a licence. They are available in the Production Shop within the members area.
I don't think the original script is suitable for my school, is there an alternative version?
Yes, Ben Elton has written a separate version of the script that has been deemed more suitable for an under 11s audience. When you purchase your licence you will automatically receive both versions of the script.
Don't forget you can always adapt the script to make it more personal to your school.
Where can i buy tickets to We Will Rock You?
Tickets to the show at the Dominion Theatre in London can be purchased by clicking here or by calling Ticketmaster on 0870 169 0116
Can my school stage their performance in a local theatre or hall?
Unfortunately not. All performances by an educational establishment must take place on their own premises. This rule will apply to all licences issued from 2008 onwards.
Can more than one school stage the show in the same region?
Yes, there are no restrictions to the location of the performing schools but you must perform on your own premises.>
I have purchased a licence but have not received it or another of the other downloads. Where are they?
All payments must be authorised before we can send out the welcome email containing the licence, script, score and username/password. This can take up to 72 hours to arrive. If it should take longer than this, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can we charge for tickets to see our show?
Yes you can, however we must emphasise that the licence is made available to you on the condition that all money raised must only be used to cover the cost of the production. If a clear profit is raised after all costs are taken care of you must re-invest that money into departement that originally funded the show. You could also make a donation to the AIDS awareness charity set up in the name of Freddie Mercury - www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com
Do you have a high res version of the SWRY logo for use in a publication?
You can download the promotional material once you have bought your licence.
Please note, you may not use any of the official We Will Rock You logos from the official show. We reserve the right to prohibit promotional material that is deemed to resemble the official We Will Rock You show. If you are in any doubt, please contact email@example.com BEFORE you send your designs to print. There have been occasions when we have had to restrict certain designs due to copyright infringement.
What tracks are used in the show?
Act One"Innuendo" (Instrumental, with original recorded vocals by Freddie Mercury and backing vocals by cast) "Radio Ga Ga" (The Ga Ga Kids) "I Want To Break Free" (Galileo) "I Want To Break Free" (Scaramouche) "Somebody to Love" (Scaramouche) "Killer Queen" (The Killer Queen) "Play The Game" (The Killer Queen) "Death On Two Legs" (Instrumental) "Under Pressure" (Galileo & Scaramouche) "A Kind Of Magic" (The Killer Queen & Khashoggi) "I Want It All" (Britney & Meat) "Headlong" (Galileo, Scaramouche, Britney & Meat) "No-One But You (Only the Good Die Young)" (Meat) "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Galileo, Scaramouche, Britney & Meat) "Ogre Battle" (Instrumental)
Act Two"One Vision" (The Ga Ga Kids) "Who Wants To Live Forever" (Galileo & Scaramouche) "Flash" (The Ga Ga Cops & Captive Bohemians) "Seven Seas of Rhye" (Khashoggi) "Fat Bottomed Girls" (The Killer Queen & Yuppies) "Don't Stop Me Now" (The Killer Queen) "Another One Bites The Dust" (The Killer Queen) "Hammer to Fall" (Galileo & Scaramouche) "These Are The Days Of Our Lives" (Pop) "We Are The Champions" (The Bohemians) "Bicycle Race" (The Bohemians) "Headlong" (Galileo, Scaramouche & Pop) "We Will Rock You" (Galileo) "We Are The Champions" (Galileo) "We Will Rock You" (Fast) (Mostly Instrumental, vocals by All) "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Galileo, Scaramouche, Khashoggi & The Killer Queen)
Can I put on a performance outside of the UK?
All licences purchased from www.schoolswillrockyou.com after 1 January 2007 MUST be performed in the UK.
This rule also applies to British schools outside of the UK.
Can I pay by cheque?
If you have been approved for a licence you are allowed to pay by cheque. Please send your cheque for £125, made payable to 'Queen Theatrical Productions' to: Peter Chant, SWRY c/o Queen Theatrical Productions, The River Wing, Latimer Park, Latimer Road, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1TU
Dont forget to include your name, school name, address and telephone.
Please note, if your school or organisation requires us to issue an invoice upfront of purchase then you will only be able to pay by cheque and not online. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require an invoice.
Is there an age limit for performers?
All of the performers and musicians in your production must be aged 18 or under and attend your school or otherwise they must be teachers at your school. Your production must not include any professionals. You will receive downloads for 2 different scripts: one is the unedited west end version, the second script has been re-adapted for use with younger children.
What is the show meant to be called?
Everyone is putting on a performance of 'We Will Rock You', however the West End logo may not be used.
All promotional material must include the following words at the top:
[NAME OF SCHOOL]'s amateur production of:
We Will Rock You
Can I see a sample of the script?
Due to copyright we cannot release a large chunk of script, but you can see one scene here
What is the plot of the musical?
(Note that in different productions of We Will Rock You the story and songs are changed slightly to better reach the target audiences.)
The story is set in the unspecified, vaguely Orwellian future. Earth's name has been changed to Planet Mall. As the name would suggest, mainstream commercial conformity reigns. Everywhere on the planet, people watch the same movies, listen to computer-generated music, wear the same clothes and hold the same thoughts and opinions. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown. Representative government has been eliminated. All are controlled by the Worldwide mega-corporation Globalsoft, which is headed by the "Killer Queen" and the commander of her secret police, the evil Khashoggi. Those who dare to stand against Globalsoft's enforced conformity are kidnapped and "brain stormed" into submission.
However, a small group of "Bohemians" struggles to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and (most of all) live music. As with the classic quest stories that it spoofs, the musical includes both a Messiah figure, the social outcast Galileo Figaro, and a MacGuffin that will restore freedom, the lost guitar of Queen guitarist, Brian May.
Together with his love interest, another dissident whom Galileo calls Scaramouche, Galileo joins with the Bohemians to find the guitar, and overthrow Globalsoft. However, when the Bohemians are captured and brain stormed, Galileo and Scaramouche are forced to flee for their lives.
Eventually they meet Pop, an older, hippie-esque Bohemian who yearns for the "old days" when people were free and Rock & Roll was king...or Queen as the case may be. Again fulfilling the classic role of "Guide" for the two, Pop shows them a fragment of the Queen video (which ends after the opening lyrics), "Bohemian Rhapsody," further inspiring them. Impressed by the “heavenly music,” Galileo and Scaramouche eventually decide to search for the guitar at Wembley Stadium, the location of two legendary concerts by Queen. Though the Stadium is a ruin, they find the guitar hidden in a wall. With guitar in hand, and Pop serving as "roadie" for the two saviors, they perform a rousing rendition of the title song, "We Will Rock You," and conclude with a marvelous arrangement of "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Played for laughs, there is very little real story to We Will Rock You. While the musical is a spoof of the classic quest tale with some moments of clever dialogue, it exists predominately as a framework allowing a vocally talented cast to perform covers of Queen's greatest hits. Songs included in the production may vary from theatre to theatre, but generally include favorites such as "Another One Bites the Dust," "Hammer to Fall," "A Kind of Magic," and more.
Are band parts available?
Yes, we now have the full orchestral band score available to everyone who has purchased a licence.
This kindly being donated to us by Robert Russell and he has requested that if anyone uses this in their production that they make a donation to the Mercury Phoenix Trust to show your appreciation.
If you are interested in using the arrangement for your school, please let us know via email to email@example.com and we can email you PDFs for the individual orchestral parts (all 924 of them!!)
Donations to the Mercury Phoenix Trust can be made the following ways:
All cheques should be made payable to "Mercury Phoenix Trust No2 Account" and sent to:Maureen Barclay 13 The Furlongs Needingworth St Ives Cambridgeshire PE27 4TX