Standard contract

The standard contract (employee placement contract or technical contract) should state:

  • The live entertainment organiser licence number of each of the two organisations
  • The technical specifications of the shared equipment available
  • The telephone number of the technical manager
  • The dimensions of the stage
  • The capacity of the room and its equipment (air conditioning, seats, rows of seats, etc.)
  • The nature of the ticketing (computerised, centralised, standardised, etc.)
  • The provisional schedule for rehearsals and the technical setup
  • The exact time slot of the performance
  • The exact length of the show
  • Information about the dressing-rooms
  • Storage space for decor

The regulation that governs contractual relations between the companies and the theatres in which they appear during the Festival OFF d’Avignon is determined by the management criteria unique to each venue.
Each theatre is different and the director is free to implement and responsible for its programme.
With very few exceptions, the venues are private structures run by professionals in the cultural field.
Whatever the type of contract, the theatre director will perform the administrative procedures.
The director or his/her representative holds a first or third category entertainment licence.
Foreign companies or production structure are subject to French legislation (in particular regarding VAT).

There are four main categories of relations:

Rental or availability

In exchange for rent that varies according to diverse parameters (room capacity, size of stage, cashier and booking service, technical equipment provided, drapes, hospitality staff, etc.), the theatre is made available for differing durations.


Contracting parties decide to pool their resources and to divide the proceeds as per their mutual agreement. In general, the company provides its show (artists, decor, costumes, etc.) and the director of the venue provides an equipped space in working order.
Co-directing is identical to the previous contract except that the theatre or company is assured a minimum operational profit from the other signatory, as part of the sharing of proceeds.


Some theatres offer companies co-production contracts, in which contracting parties take the initiative and responsibility together for producing the show and jointly settle the expenses relating to the production and performance.
They share the operating benefits or losses.

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