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Write ethnic diversity into new charter

4 April 2016

Lenny Henry urges BBC to write ethnic diversity into new charter.

Lenny Henry has called on the BBC to entrench ethnic diversity in its new Royal Charter, to address “systemic failure” in representing minorities on screen and behind the camera.

https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/lenny-henry-urges-bbc-write-ethnic-diversity-new-charter/

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South West AGM

6 March 2016

This is a basic report of what happened on Sunday at the South West Annual General Meeting in Yeovil. Full report to be given at the Branch Meeting.

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BOV 250th Birthday Weekend

3 March 2016

http://www.bristololdvic.org.uk/birthday.html

2016 represents an extraordinary moment in theatre history as Bristol Old Vic, the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world, celebrates its 250th birthday.

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Equity Pantomime Survey

8 February 2016

For those who worked in a pantomime this winter, we would like you to spend five minutes of your time filling in this survey. The aim is to have knowledge of the sector, so we can improve standards for members who are not having as fair a deal as they should.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/EquityPanto

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Fringe minimum wage deal generates £500k fees in 2015

3 February 2016

A fringe agreement guaranteeing actors at least the national minimum wage was used by 102 productions in 2015, generating payments to performers of around £500,000.

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Equity Job Info Service - help us expand the database

14 September 2014

Equity's newly elected South West Area Councillor, Xander Black has a plan to expand the range of companies in the South West that use Equity’s Job Information Service, but he needs your help. Please share any info on paying companies within the South West.

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Celebrating 20 years of Circomedia

29 August 2014

BRISTOL CULTURE: Bristol circus school Circomedia is marking its 20th anniversary with a special circus events programme for all ages at its home in St Paul’s Church on Portland Square.

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Initiative to protect actors from mental health problems

7 August 2014

THE STAGE: A series of high-profile suicides among actors has prompted the launch of a new initiative aimed at raising the awareness of stress and mental wellbeing in the entertainment sector.

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Bottle Yard Studios – Bristol’s international hub of production

31 July 2014

BRISTOL CULTURE: What do Channel 4 gameshow Deal or No Deal, BBC dramas Wolf Hall and Poldark, and Sky 1 sitcom Trollied have in common? The answer is that they are all currently being filmed at The Bottle Yard Studios in Hengrove.

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Council agree action on Bristol & West General Branch ARC motion

29 July 2014

At its meeting on 22 July, the Equity Council agreed a programme of action to implement Annual Representative Conference 2014 motions, including our own branch motion which called for greater support for those suffering from depression and other mental health problems.

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