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About the branch

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The Bristol and West General Branch of Equity was formed in November 2007, after the closure of the Bristol Old Vic at the time due to Arts Council Funding cuts.

A vocal group of Equity members came together in the hope and belief that this flagship South West Theatre could sail once again.

The branch then found itself with a battle on two fronts when rumours mounted that the BBC drama Casualty, which had been filmed in Bristol since its creation would move to Cardiff. Further information on the branch's Keep Casualty in Bristol Campaign can be found here.

Since then we've campaigned against up-front agency book fees and worked with the union-at-large to formulate the Manifesto for Theatre.

Guest speakers over the years have included representatives from Arts Council England, BBC Drama, Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol City Council, BBC Radio, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and well as other freelance industry professionals.

Current campaigns include campaigning for more casting in the nations and regions, especially for productions made in the local area, and increasing support for members with depression and other mental health difficulties.