Liverpool at ARC 2014
7 March 2014
Liverpool & District General branch has agreed to send a motion to this year's Annual Representatives Conference that aims to press agents and managements to stick to their codes of conduct.
The motion was agreed on a show of hands at a full meeting of Liverpool & District Branch on Wednesday, March 5. It aims to put pressure on agents and managements to pay their clients promptly by sticking to their own agreed code. The branch also agreed to campaign locally to try to secure theatre discounts for Equity members (details below).
The branch is sending three members to Equity's Annual Representatives Conference in London this year rather than the usual two after Catherine Rice won election to represent Equity's Northern Area. Catherine, who is Liverpool & District branch secretary and an experienced ARC representative, won election at the Northern Area members meeting on March 26. She will join Stephanie Greer and Stephen Aintree, our two Liverpool representatives, at ARC, Equity's policy-making body, in May.
Last year, Liverpool & District branch won support for its motion, originally proposed by Stephanie Greer, seeking an agreement on theatre discounts for Equity members. This is the Liverpool motion, passed unanimously by the conference:
‘‘This ARC is grateful to theatres like The Dukes, Lancaster, and others for offering Equity members reduced ticket prices on the presentation of their membership card and asks that Equity enters into discussions with the TMA [Theatrical Management Association] about extending discounts throughout their whole membership.’’
Since then, the TMA has said it is up to individual theatres to decide their own policy on discounts. In the north west, at least one theatre, the Octagon in Bolton, offers a discount - 20% - to Equity members. The Royal Exchange in Manchester offers discount days to Spotlight members. At its March meeting, Liverpool & District General Branch decided to target local theatres in our region to try to secure discounts and increase the numbers of people able to afford to go to the theatre regularly. It was felt that this would link in well with our national Equity campaign tokeep local theatre alive, My Theatre Matters, by making sure we get to local shows. The cheaper the tickets, the more shows we can go to!
The branch agreed to meet next on Wednesday, May 7. Bridewell Pub, 1 Campbell Square, Argyle Street, Liverpool L1.