11 January 2013
Branch Meeting 5th February, 2013
7 December 2012
Everyone at the South Wales Variety Branch would like to wish members a very Merry Christmas. We are looking forward to an eventful 2013. We meet the first Tuesday of the month in the Tyn y twr Public House in Baglan at 7.30 p.m. The next meeting will be Tuesday 8th January, 2013.
Speakers are organized and very helpful advice given to performers. We are always looking for suggestions as to what events our members would like to see put on in our branch.
Looking forward to welcoming lots of new members in the New Year.
12 November 2012
Equity has won the landmark Craig Joseph v Jason Spiller defamation case after legal processes and hearings that took over four years and went as far as the Supreme Court. To read about this and more, please download the Council Report for the meeting of the Equity Council on 6 November which is now available in the Member Resources area of the Equity web site at https://www.equity.org.uk/documents/council-report-6-november-2012/
9 November 2012
Dates: 3rd, 6th and 14th December 2012
Morning Sessions @ The Spotlight 10.30am - 1.30pm
OR Afternoon Sessions @ The Spotlight 2pm - 5pm
OR Evening Sessions @ Angell Sound 6.15pm - 9.15pm
Aim of the Workshops
These workshops take place over THREE sessions and will help you plan your
reel, ﬁnd the right material, tune your ear, practice on and build conﬁdence on
If you are not completely prepared there is no point wasting hundreds of
pounds recording a reel. Voice agents & radio producers will decide on the ﬁrst
30 seconds of listening to your voice reel.
Please see my website for more information:
Who am I?
An ambassador for Equity, a professional actor and voice-over artist who has recorded over 2000
commercial voice-overs for radio and television. Also with Masters in Professional Voice and Singing I
have a fun, practical, no time wasting hands-on energetic teaching style. I know exactly what the
business is looking for, and I can help you achieve that.
Upcoming Workshop Details
Workshops consist of three 3 hour sessions spread over 2 weeks at Angell Sound Studios on Wardour
Street or at Spotlight. The total price is £125.00 but if you are a member of Spotlight, you only have to
pay £95.00. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
5 October 2012
Many congratulations on behalf of the branch to Simon and his wife who have recently had a new addition, a beautiful baby girl called Millie. We can't wait to see some photographs!
5 October 2012
It was when Dirk confided in me he had been murdered a couple of times in the past I knew I was in for a good night at the Branch meeting held on 2nd October, with guest speaker Gerry Smith. Gerry is the brains behind popular Murder Mystery events held on the Orient Express. Her stories about how she became a variety performer (singer/actress) were amazing, funny and nostalgic. When she imitated Sophie tucker, we were astounded at her talent. Looking like Vera Lynn and sounding like Vera Lynn had taken her all around the world. Thank you Gerry for coming to give us a talk as the Vera Lynn song goes "We'll meet again"
5 October 2012
Come and join in your branch's hilarious Christmas party. 6.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. start. We have a traditional Christmas turkey dinner with a choice of two deserts (trifle or Christmas pudding). If you are a vegetarian just let us know with your order and payment of just £13 per person. A surprize performance by an excellent entertainer. There will be a chance to meet up with some wonderful entertainers and by showing your support you will keep our union strong.
Contact Cei Phillips, 14, Sycamore Close, Aberdare, CF44 8YD Make the cheque payable to Equity. Telephone 01685 876391
5 October 2012
For the 3rd year running Shelli (Secretary) and member Noel West organized a variety show at the Four Winds Hotel Aberavon, near Port Talbot. Onc again the manager Bromley of the Four Winds provided and donated a chicken and chip meal, it was scrumptious as always. Members performing, Jeff Eley, Christine Lee Jones, Steve Derrick, Russell Lloyd, Dickie Heart and the show was compared by Shelli Dawn. Noel West was technician fo all artists and suplied P.A. system. Hazel Pitt a friend and volunteer of the South Wales Branch organised the tickets and the door. Dirk Saunders and Byron LLoyd organised raffle ticket selling. Prizes were donated by R.N.L.A. Equity and Shelli and her husband. The audience were enthralled by the variety of talent and asked when they could see us return. Shelli assured them "we will be back next year" and then thanked them all for their tremendous support and the artists were thanked for their wonderful night of entertainment. £185 was donated to the R.N.L.I and £185 was donated to the South Wales Branch of Equity.
26 September 2012
Mad dog casting are looking for people in Wales over the age of 16 years of age for supporting artists for television work in the near future. Contact them through their website www.maddogcasting.com
8 September 2012
Equity is giving its support to two major public protests this Autumn and is calling on members to get behind the Equity banner and raise their voices in support of the arts. On 20 October the TUC’s march for a Future that Works will challenge the Government’s assertion that cuts and austerity are the only approaches to recession and on 24 October UK Feminista, a gender equality campaigning organisation, will lead a march and lobby to urge politicians to take urgent action to defend women’s rights.
To read about this and more, please download the Council Report for the meeting of the Equity Council on 4 September which is now available in the Member Resources area of the Equity web site at https://www.equity.org.uk/documents/council-report-4-september-2012/