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Commissioner guidelines for staged performances (FS120269)

(Published March 2016 replacing version July 2008)

This page is designed to give guidance for Commissioners, explaining what their responsibilities are, and also explains their role in the approval of staged performances for the public.

Minimum Standards

As with all activities within your District (or County), your approval is required before a performance can take place. The minimum standards listed below are designed as guidelines to help decide whether approval for the performance should be given. If the minimum standards are not reached the staged performance is not deemed ‘public performance ready’.

You can then work with the Show Chairperson to ensure the following:

Public Performance Ready

Performances must be assessed to ensure they meet the five minimum criteria for a public-ready performance (see Staged Performances Toolkit). A grading system will be soon be introduced based on the 23 criteria.  These criteria have been decided upon to encourage groups to produce as high a standard of performance as possible, both to develop the young people involved, and to produce a quality shop window for Scouting to members of the public in the audience.

This  assessment of the delivery of the creative elements of the performance will be conducted by a Staged Performance Adviser (or Creative Pursuits Adviser) appointed by the County.

You will need to contact the Adviser and discuss when the assessment will take place and when it will be completed. If no Assessor is available in your County you should see if any Counties nearby could help out.

In the rare circumstances where this still does not produce an Assessor you should contact the Technical Team at UKHQ who may be able to allocate an Assessor via the UK Technical Adviser for Staged Performances, given sufficient advance notice.

The Adviser, after watching the show will send you a report based on the criteria,. The show would be expected to act upon any recommendations made in the report in order to give the young people involved an even better experience the next time.

The Staged Performance Assessor

The County will need to appoint one or possibly more, Staged Performance Assessors. This is a specific appointment of the County Appointments sub-Committee. As a minimum to become an Assessor a person must:

A special version of the module 25 workbook aimed specifically at Staged Performance Advisers (currently still referred to as Scout Show Assessors) is available to download the training area of scouts.org.uk or from Scout Shops.

Formal Review

A Show should be regularly assessed. The minimum is once every 5 years (or once every 6 years for biennial shows).


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