Theatrecrafts.com has concise guides to all the departments of theatre you can think of, as well as video resources, and glossaries of theatrical terms.
The National Theatre have an extensive collection of props available to hire from their store in London. Entry Pass members (the NT’s membership scheme for 14-25 year olds) are eligible for a discount.
Computer-aided design software, useful for creating .dwg rig plans and ground plans. Vectorworks is easier for beginners to get to grips with and has less advanced system requirements. Both are free for students
An easy way to generate 3D models for set design.
Sound playback software used in the Oxford Playhouse, O’Reilly Theatre and on many professional shows from small scale to the West End.
The university offers a subscription to this online library of video tutorials including a large collection of tutorials on computer-aided design (CAD).
HTS are proud sponsors of TAFF, and provide hire services from their base in Henley-on-Thames. They can provide a large range of equipment, and are happy to give advice free of charge. They are very used to dealing with Oxford student productions and are familiar with the venues we typically work in.
Viking Stage Lighting
Viking are a large theatre hire firm situated in Norwich. Their delivery costs tend to be high, and so Viking are typically only suitable for large hire orders.
THAT Event Company supply Sennheisser radio mic systems with headsets, audio systems from d&b audiotechnik, battery LED lighting units and standard theatrical luminaires. They are based in North Weston, Oxford.
Finding Sound Effects and Music
Remember that not all sound effects and music available on the internet are free or licensed to be included in a theatrical production - always check and respect the artist’s license and if necessary obtain PRS clearance for music - see our sound designer's guide. You must do this even if you have bought the music on iTunes or own it on CD - this does not give you a license to play the music for public performance.
You can also check out this soundscape resources handout created for a recent TAFF workshop.
Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe
ODW are based in Steventon, Abingdon and are an affordable resource for good quality period costume. Browsing and collection must be within opening hours by appointment. The store is not accessible by public transport and they do not offer delivery, so transport costs can significantly increase the cost of hiring from them. Their volunteers have an excellent knowledge of their stock and of period costume so it is worthwhile emailing ahead a list of items you require so they may check the stock before you arrive. If you bring a programme from a previous show to have hired from them and credited them, you are entitled to a 10% discount.