Equity Fringe Agreements
Since the launch of Professionally Made Professionally Paid, theatre venues, production companies and producers of individual shows have signed up to use the Equity Fringe Agreement. In 2015, the first year of the campaign, there were over 100 productions using the agreement, hiring 400-500 artists, and paying over £500,000 in wages to them. In 2016, this has increased to nearly 200 productions, over 100 different productions companies, and more than 800 performers and stage managers. In total, since the launch of the campaign, over £1m in wages has been paid to performers and stage managers working on Professionally Made Professionally Paid fringe theatre productions.
This page lists users of the Equity Fringe Agreement. If you work for any of the companies listed below, you know you will be paid for your time, and are protected by an Equity approved contact. You can also check this list to know whether a fringe show you are considering seeing is using an Equity contract.
If it's not listed below, they are not using an Equity approved contract.
To sign up to the Fringe agreement, and join the growing list of supporters, please visit here.
The following shows have used, or are going to use, the Equity Fringe Agreement. You can use it not only to see which shows have signed, but to also help you decide which shows to support in the future. You can also find this information on the Professionally Made Professionally Paid twitter.
|Around The World In Eighty Days||The Brewhouse Theatre Taunton||The Brewhouse Theatre||10/12/2016||31/12/2016|
|Proud||Proud July Productions||Finborough Theatre||17/07/2016||02/08/2016|
|A Subject of Scandal and Concern||Proud Haddock||Finborough Theatre||22/05/2016||07/06/2016|
|Stone Face||Desara Bosnja||Finborough Theatre||17/05/2016||11/06/2016|
|Schism||Aegis Productions||Finborough Theatre||24/04/2016||14/05/2016|
|Ten Takes on Capital||Take Back||Dancehouse Manchester||31/03/2016||31/03/2016|
|Don't Smoke In Bed||Finborough Theatre||Finborough Theatre||06/03/2016||23/03/2016|
|The Young Visiters||Rough Haired Pointer||Tabard Theatre||01/03/2016||26/03/2016|
|Merit||Laughton Productions||Finborough Theatre||01/03/2016||26/03/2016|
|Cyrano de Bergerac||Chloe Courtney||Southwark Playhouse||18/02/2016||19/03/2016|
|Four Play||Fools and Kings||Theatre503||16/02/2016||12/03/2016|
|The Spanish Tradition||Barrel Organ Theatre||Old Red Lion Theatre||09/02/2016||05/03/2016|
|Cosy||The Llanarth Group||Wales Millennium Centre||08/02/2016||04/03/2016|
|The Albatross 3rd & Main||Shiny Pin Productions||Emporium Theatre||02/02/2016||20/02/2016|
|Hamlet||Shakespeare Peckham||Bussey Building||01/02/2016||27/02/2016|
|P'yongyang||Chloe Courtney||Finborough Theatre||05/01/2016||31/01/2016|
The following venues have formally signed to indefinitely use the Equity Fringe Agreement. If you're thinking of seeing a show, seeing one at a venue below helps ensure an ethical and sustainable professional Fringe sector.
Theatre Production Companies
The following theatre production companies have signed to indefinitely use the Equity Fringe Agreement. This means that no matter which theatre they're in, their performers are getting paid for their time.
Why The Industry Supports Professionally Made Professionally Paid
"The Equity agreement assures me that people coming into my space will legitimately pay the minimum wage and this also guarantees a level of quality”
Jonny Collis, artistic director of Cog Arts Space.
“The climate is changing with regard to payment on the fringe and the producing models we’ve put in place at The Hope Theatre, give companies the security and ability to pay their performers”
Matthew Parker is the artistic director of the Hope Theatre.
"Paying the people who are responsible for making the art should be one of a theatre’s top priorities. It’s important that we are known for both what and how we produce”
Adam Spreadbury-Maher is the artistic director of the King’s Head Theatre.
"As professionals, it's essential that we stand up for our rights, and our ability to make a proper living from our work. I've been worried for some time about how hard this industry has become for anyone to get started in, especially if they aren't from a wealthy background, and it's clear low and no pay is a major barrier. I can accept that poor pay has always existed in our industry, but it's now become a major problem which needs tackling. We can't allow this culture that exploits creative people's love of their work. If you're a professional, you deserve professional pay, and that's the clear message of this campaign. I'm proud that my trade union is leading the charge to make the industry fairer, and proud to support Professionally Made Professionally Paid. I'll be doing my bit to get the message out, and hope you'll do the same."
"I'm delighted to support Professionally Made Professionally Paid, and so should everyone who cares about diversity on stage and screen. I was able to get my career started because I had a full grant to go to college, but kids now don't have those opportunities. If, on top of that, young actors are expected to work for years for free, it shouldn't be a suprise that there aren't enough working class actors. It's great that Equity is sending a clear message that professional work deserves professional pay, and I urge everyone in the industry to support the campaign."