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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 and Ian East 1939 - 2016.

The branch will never forget our three great members & their passion, commitment & detail lives on within all our branch matters.


Branch Meetings:

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

With work on an upgrade at Finsbury Park tube station, the Wells Terrace exit will be closed until 2017. Starting sometime in March 2015.

Meeting dates for your diary:

Saturday Branch Meeting 13th May with guest speaker .Mark Estdale Founder and CEO of OM

Thursday 25th May Coffee morning

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

For more information on how to be involved email Shenagh on

Story Telling at The Canvas. A monthly event of story telling for all and by all who come along.

The deal is - all, or most, who attend come prepared to tell a story no longer than 10 minutes. The story must be told, not read. Could be a personal story, a myth, fairytale, folktale, ghost story, legend, old, new - whatever.

Come when you can - no need to commit to each one. The Canvas: 42 Hanbury St, London, E1 5JL

Although it is a monthly event and always on a Sunday, it's not the same one each month  for example, first Sunday of the month.

Here's the link

Next one 30th April 5pm - 7pm.

Shakespeare OUT LOUD! Group.  A free play reading group of actors who meet once a month (but not on the same day/date) who want to get a better knowledge of the Bard's plays, practice sight-reading and meet like-minded people!

Here's the link   

The next meeting is 30th May at the Samuel French Theatre bookshop, 6:00 for 6:30pm and it’s the play that must not be named (i.e Scottish). Bring food and drink to spare.


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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