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South and South East London Branch

Welcome to the South and South East London Equity Branch Page

This month we’re meeting upstairs in the community room of the Young Vic Theatre on Saturday 21st November, at 11:00am. Guest Speakers - Cheyney Kent (Singer) on Effective Social Media use & Emmanuel De Lange – Equity Low Pay/No Pay.  

Cheyney has worked as a classical session singer in London for the past 15 years. Part of the job of a freelance singer is one of self-promotion and information provision in the continual search for good quality work. The internet provides tools and a platform for doing that efficiently and to a wide audience. Cheyney has been developing an interest in this area besides his singing work.

Of course, producing media and creating spaces for it online is only part of the task that Cheyney identifies as ahead of the freelance performer. There is also the issue of material that finds its way online over which one might not have any immediate control. There is also the politically treacherous area of over-exposure and putting off friends, colleagues and promoters. In this talk, Cheyney hopes to try and address these issues constructively in a way that will appeal to all performing artists.


1. Apologies

2. Attendance

3. Matters Arising - from previous minutes

4. Correspondence

5. Members’ News & Jobs Information Exchange

6. Guest Speaker

7. Council Report

8. Financial Report

9. Health & Safety

10. Recruitment & Retention

11. Pay & Conditions

12. Any Other Business

The Branch Represents & Welcomes Participation From All Equity Registers

Actor; Audio Artist; Children’s Entertainer; Choreographer; Chorus & Ensemble; Circus; Dancer;  Disabled Member; Ethnic Minority; Ice Skater; JISC Stunt Performers 2010/12 (All Grades); Model; Opera Singer; Puppeteer; Singer; Stage Management; Street Performer; Student Equity; TV/Radio; Announcer or Presenter; The Equity Online Branch; Theatre Designer; Theatre Director; Theatre Fight Directors; Theatre Lighting Designer; Theatre in Education & Young People’s Theatre; Variety; Walk-on & Supporting Artists.

Please let us know in advance if you have access needs or require a signing interpreter.

Together We Are Stronger

Welcome to the S & SE London Branch web-page, feel free to have a look around and see what's going on, what shows members are in, speakers we'll be seeing at meetings and offers for members.

EVENTS: Includes branch meetings & other events occurring within the branch & Equity.
DOCUMENTS: Includes branch meeting newsletters & minutes as well as other Equity information.

Your committee for 2015 are;

  • Chair - Fiona Whitelaw
  • Vice Chair - Tigger Blaize
  • Secretary & PR - Paul Valentine
  • Treasurer - Zoe Bonner
  • Campaigns Officer - Isabel Carr
  • Membership Secratary - Lizzie Holland 
  • Committee Members - Edward Degaetano, Sarah Finigan and Richard Dargan. 


Branch meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of the month (this occasionally varies, so check this page, Twitter or Facebook for up to date information).  All are welcome (you don't have to be a member to attend a meeting), so come and meet us and find out more about what the Union is up to.  

A large part of what we are doing in our branch at the moment is about making the branch accessible, open and above all interesting and relevant to members.  We are in the process of expanding our branch activities as well as increasing action as part of the union.  If you have ideas you want to share, or things you’d like to see us doing please get in touch or come along to a meeting, we want to hear from you.

We aim to get interesting speakers to attend each branch meeting.  If you know someone you think would be a good speaker, or if you would like to share your knowledge on a specific topic, please contact Fiona or Paul. 

If you are an Equity member or student member based in the area you are able to join the branch (no charge) so please get in touch with the Branch Secretary. If you are a member or student member visiting the area you are very welcome to drop into the next branch meeting and get to know some of your fellow members.

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