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Parts for regional actors reduced to a “cough and a spit”

27 June 2014

THE STAGE: Following the Bristol & West General Branch of Equity's motion to the union's 2009 ARC, Equity's General Secretary, Christine Payne has called for Ofcom to change its definition of what constitutes a “regional production” so that it includes on-screen talent.

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Disney series Galavant filming at Bristol's Bottle Yard studios

19 June 2014

BRISTOL POST: It seems that Hollywood really has arrived in Hengrove after it was confirmed that a major American TV series is to be filmed at a former wine warehouse in the south Bristol suburb. The Bottle Yard, the film studios and complex which is part owned by Bristol City Council, has just landed its biggest and most prestigious project to date.

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B&W Members: Voice Masterclass with David Collins

14 June 2014

A series of workshops over 2 weeks for all levels of vocal work. David is a great teacher, this will prove very valuable to experienced actors and beginners.

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Tolpuddle 20th July 2014: SW Area Branches

13 June 2014

A letter from Graham Padden encouraging the B&W Branch to organise joining the Tolpuddle March 2014 alongside Dorset Branch.

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B&W Branch Area Reps Needed: Glos, Bath, Somerset

13 June 2014

A call out for members living within the B&W area outside of central Bristol to come forward to be an area rep, creating a liaison role to better serve the members in the whole area.

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Save The Fleece from closure

24 May 2014

CHANGE.ORG: An online petition has been launched to save one of the UK's best-loved independent music venues, The Fleece, which faces potential closure if new flat developments are approved.

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Bristol & West General Branch celebrates success at Equity ARC

24 May 2014

Equity's 2014 Annual Representative Conference proved to be a great success for the union, and not least for the Bristol & West General Branch, after our motion calling for mental health support for members was approved, and it was decided that the union's 2016 conference will be held in Bristol.

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Suicides among actors prompt calls for mental health support

22 May 2014

THE STAGE: A motion to Equity's Annual Representative Conference, proposed by the Bristol & West General Branch, which calls for more support to be provided to performers who have depression and other mental health problems, has been given overwhelming support.

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Stage tribute to pantomime stalwart Chris Harris

20 May 2014

BBC NEWS: One of the West's best-loved stage performers has been remembered in pantomime style in Bath. Portishead's Chris Harris, who died recently at the age of 71, directed, starred in and co-wrote numerous Christmas theatre productions in Bristol and Bath.

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Obituary: Chris Harris

14 May 2014

THE STAGE: A man of many theatrical talents, Chris Harris is best remembered by West Country audiences as a pantomime dame. During the 1990s, he wrote, directed and starred in pantos for the Bristol Old Vic. He then performed a similar role for the Theatre Royal, Bath.

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first posted 1 November 2013