One interpretation of this is: Retrieved 26 November They are now accepted as useful training schools for the legitimate stage, and from the volunteer ranks have sprung many present-day favourites. Alan Ayckbourn 's play A Chorus of Disapproval is set in an amateur operatic society. The mockumentary Waiting for Guffman depicts a local amateur theatre group staging a performance for their city's sesquicentennial with the prospect of a theatrical professional attending the performance. List of amateur theatres in Australia. Amateur Theatre in Britain.
Amateur theatre is distinct from the professional or community theatre simply in that participants are not paid, although this is not always the case, even though the productions staged may be commercial ventures, either to fund further productions, to benefit the community, or for charity.
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The amateur-dramatics societies that could give the pros a run for their money". Retrieved 3 December Amateur actors are not typically members of actors' unions, as these organisations exist to protect the professional industry and discourage their members from working with companies which are not signatories to union contracts. This is supported through the provision of training, new writing initiatives and access to an extensive specialist lending library containing plays, playsets and technical theatre books. Please see " Major Festivals " below. They are now accepted as useful training schools for the legitimate stage, and from the volunteer ranks have sprung many present-day favourites.