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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

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: 

Sat 9th May Speaker Emmanuel de Lange will be talking about Equity's Professional Made, Professionally Paid campaign

Sat 13th Jun Speaker Jonathan Blake

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:

Mansel David is doing a school's tour of 'An Ideal Husband' by Oscar Wilde until 17th March in Slovenia playing Lord Caversham



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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