Child Performance Information

If you are staging a production with children under compulsory school age, you need to ensure you are aware of the current legislation regarding child performers — advice can be found at (search for Children’s Performance Licence).

The Joseph Rowntree Theatre Ltd has a Safeguarding Policy and a copy is available via our download section of the website.


Chaperones must be provided by the hirer where children are taking part in the production.

The maximum number of children in the care of a chaperone shall not exceed 12. For children under the age of 10 this is reduced to a maximum of 10 children being in the chaperone’s care.

At least two chaperones will be present in each dressing room when children are present.

Chaperones must be present for the welcome safety briefing given by the theatre stage manager at the start of the hire.

Time Restrictions

There are several legal restrictions as to how much time a child can perform or be at the place of performance and the intervals between performances.

Performances must be limited to 3.5 hours, with the child performing for not more than 2.5 hours.

(same day)
Either 1 performance & 1 rehearsal or 2 performances
Performances per week Either 1 performance & 1 rehearsal or 2 performances max. 6 days per 7 day week
Time gap between performance days 14 hours must elapse between the end of one day's performance and the beginning of the next
Intervals 1.5 hours minimum between 2 performances or 1 performance & 1 rehearsal
Exception to Intervals
(in any week)
On not more than 2 days minimum of 45 minutes interval between performance and/or rehearsals. Maximum 6 hours at place of performance
School Days ONLY 1 performance OR 1 rehearsal if attending more than the morning session at school
Earliest Arrival 10.00am
Latest Departure
Age 12 & Under
The earlier of 10.00pm or 30 min. after completing rehearsal or performance
Latest Departure
Age 13 & Over
The earlier of 10.30pm or 30 min. after completing rehearsal or performance
Exception If essential for the performance, not later than 11.00pm on not more than 3 evenings per week, for up to 8 evenings in a period of 4 consecutive weeks.
Arrangements for getting home The licensee shall ensure that suitable arrangements (having regard to the child's age) are made for the child to get to their home or other destination, after the last performance, or rehearsal, or the conclusion of any activity on any day.