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Inquest into death of actor Richard Gent records suicide verdict

7 April 2014

THE STAGE: An inquest into the death of the young actor Richard Gent has concluded that he committed suicide. Richard grew up around Bath and was a former Bath Spa University student. He had also worked at the Rondo Theatre.

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Whiteladies Picture House – the rival plans

4 April 2014

BRISTOL CULTURE: Whiteladies Picture House owner David Lewin has slammed “the so called rival proposals” by the Whiteladies Picture House Ltd.

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Brewhouse in Taunton receives charitable status

2 April 2014

THE STAGE: The organisation running the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton – which went into administration last year – has been granted charitable status, in a move it says will improve its fundraising abilities.

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Everyman only choice for Whiteladies Picture House

2 April 2014

BRISTOL CULTURE: The Whiteladies Picture House has the opportunity to be turned into a new cinema after 13 years of sitting empty.Yet its future is currently the subject of an increasingly bitter dispute between two rival plans.

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New Worlds filmed in Bristol

1 April 2014

BRISTOL CULTURE: New Worlds starts on Channel 4 tonight (1st April), and if you look closely you may spot several scenes shot in familiar Bristol locations. The major new four-part historical drama written and created by Peter Flannery and Martine Brant follows on from their 2008 BAFTA-nominated series The Devil’s Whore.

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Petition: Opposing flats in the Whiteladies Picture House

25 March 2014

12 months ago, Melinbrand, the current owners of the Whiteladies Road cinema were refused their application & appeal to turn the cinema building into flats and a gym. Their new application for flats and a three screen cinema is not at all sympathetic to the building's fabric or history and will not create the live performance space envisioned by the separate Whiteladies Picture House campaign.

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Our branch's motion to the 2014 ARC

10 March 2014

Our branch has submitted its motion for consideration at the union's Annual Representative's Conference in May 2014. The focus of our motion is access to Mental Health support for our members.

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Is acting today just too tough?

21 February 2014

THE GUARDIAN (ARCHIVE 23.07.2013): Are the recent deaths of high-profile actors tragic one-offs? Or is the profession now too precarious? Michael Simkins, a veteran of stage and screen, lifts the lid on a lonely world.
***We are re-printing this article due to its relevance to our branch's motion to this year's Equity ARC.***

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Bristol Old Vic given go-ahead for £12m refurbishment

19 February 2014

BBC NEWS: Plans to modernise Bristol's Old Vic theatre, which include exposing a wall to the public for the first time since the 1760s, have been approved. Some £12m will be spent refurbishing the foyer of the 250-year-old theatre, its studio theatre, 18th Century Coopers' Hall and bar cafe areas.

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Bristol arts groups avoid 10% funding cut following campaign win

19 February 2014

THE STAGE: A proposal to reduce Bristol City Council’s arts budget by nearly 10% has been withdrawn following widespread opposition by local cultural groups. ***This article includes a comment from our branch secretary, Sarah Buckland***

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first posted 1 November 2013