Incorporating the Variety Artistes' Federation
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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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Bristol & West branch members feature in Equity Magazine

12 May 2014

The summer issue of the Equity magazine features our recent campaign to protect local arts funding in Bristol

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Bristol & Bath pantomime stalwart Chris Harris dies

1 May 2014

BBC NEWS: Tributes have been paid to one of the west of England's best-loved actors, writers and directors, who has died.

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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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