North East London General Branch
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North & East London Branch

Equity has a vital network of branches throughout the UK which give members a voice in the union and much more. Branches hold regular meetings in their local area and all members and student members are invited to attend these to share views and experiences, discuss issues that are of importance to them and put proposals to Equity's ruling body - the Equity Council. Branches also organise a programme of social events and raise money for local charities.

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.

 In memoriam -  Billy McColl - 1951 - 2014 & John Webb - 1947 - 2014

The branch will never forget our two great members & their passion, commitment & detail lives on within all our branch matters - comm often think ' what would Billy do, what would John say'. There will be photos & memory books at  every Branch Meeting so please add your thoughts to 'Our Billy'. & 'Our John'


Branch Meetings:

The branch meets every second Saturday of the month at  10:30am: The Park Theatre, Finsbury Park. Every month apart from August

Meeting dates for your diary: 

Sat 14th February Speaker Annie Bright 

The Swedish Commandments - Written, directed, produced and staring Lisa Klevenmark now on youtube. First episode also stars Inez Thorn. Second episode - Shenagh Govan. Third episode - Inez Thorn and Ross Foley. Fourth episode Ross Foley. Fifth episode - Shenagh Goven, Inez Thorn and Ross Foley. Sixth episode - Shenagh Goven. Seventh episode - Ross Foley. Eighth episode -  now available.

Other dates for your diary:

 The Script Readers - Branch new play reading group -

Meeting every first Thursday of every month at 10.30am - Ken Hill Bar, Theatre Royal Stratford East

Members Shows:

Ian East in A Better Man by Fiona Whitelaw Omnibus Clapham 11th Jan 7.30 

Thrilled to say that Ian East is playing the role of William in my new play 'A Better Man' which is being performed as part of OmniWrite event at Omnibus Clapham on 11th Jan at 7.30pm. It is a superb new venue if you haven't been yet.

Here are the details.

A Better Man by Fiona Whitelaw

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and let every New Year find you a better man.

Benjamin Franklin

Douglas has driven at speed up the motorway to his father’s hospital bed.

It is twenty years since they last saw each other. Will Douglas bridge the gulf of unspoken truths? Or will his father’s truth collide with his memories? Can the two men reach the end unscathed



Andrew Macbean of West and South West Branch is sending a letter to ACE about their spending cuts of The Orange Tree Theatre. To lend your support just email Andrew with you name, job (e.g actor) and Equity number and he'll do the rest.

Other Links

Don't know how Equity works? Take a look at this:

 "The Royal National Theatre: Save the War Horse band #KeepMusicLive" on

Article from Fin Kennedy ref: Funding



John Gillett's books, 'Voice into Acting'  (co-authored with Christina Gutekunst), & 'Acting Stanislavski' now on sale at Bloomsbury - See Document section for more detail or click here to buy direct! Equity discount by quoting Code GLR 9RG at bookshop or online at checkout - £13.50

Integrating voice & the Stanislavski approach

A Practical Guide to Stanislavski approach & legacy

Check out Michael Rosen: Open letter to Sajid Javid, the new Culture Minister


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