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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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Miriam Margolyes named as Trinity patron

18 July 2014

BRISTOL CULTURE: BAFTA award-winning stage and screen veteran Miriam Margolyes has been named as a new patron of Trinity Community Arts in Bristol

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100% Bristol cuts threaten long-standing company

9 July 2014

THE STAGE: Bristol theatre company Show of Strength has warned it is under threat of closure following a decision by its local authority to remove its entire annual grant.

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ACE investment: ‘no real change for regional funding imbalance’

2 July 2014

THE STAGE: Arts Council England’s new set of portfolio organisations represents “no demonstrated ambition” to redress the balance of funding between the regions and London, according to the authors of a recent report criticising the capital’s funding bias.

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