Incorporating the Variety Artistes' Federation


North East of England General Branch Meeting May 2015

28 April 2015

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The next meeting of the North East of England General Branch will take place on Tuesday 5th May 2015 at The Bistro, Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne commencing at 6.30 p.m.

North East of England General Branch & North East Variety Branch

24 March 2015

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North East of England General Branch welcomes North East Variety Branch to the first bi-annual joint meeting of the two branches.
7th April 2015 - commencing at 6.30 p.m.
The Bistro, Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne

NEGB meeting flyer March 2015

18 February 2015

General - 185kb PDF

North East of England General Branch meet
3RD MARCH 2015
The Bistro, Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne
General Branch Meeting commences 6:30pm
Committee Meeting commences 5:45pm
Bar open for refreshments

Commercial Theatre Claim Newsletter November 2014

12 November 2014

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This year is an important year for artists working across commercial theatre, as we renegotiate the Equity agreement for all artists working in the sector outside of the West End of London - including most regional tours, pantomimes and a number of non-West End producing houses.

Our claim has been put together after extensive consultation with all artists who have worked on it over the last three years, compiled by a working party of experienced members from the sector – working performers and stage managers who serve on Equity committees and as deps on shows across the country.

Our claim has a straightforward purpose – to set minima that represent what producers can afford to pay. The bigger the show, the bigger the producer, the more that should be returned to the artists involved.

We’ve also heard loud and clear that subsistence and touring allowance is no longer meaningfully contributing to the costs of artists on tour or coming to London to rehearse. Along with proposing a restructure to end unfair clauses like the reduction in touring allowance to subsistence after four weeks in a venue, and a significant rise of around 20% in touring allowance, we’re proposing that subsistence rises to match the rate of touring allowance in every case.

These are your proposals, proposals to make your working lives better and fairer. However, the managers will make their claims of us, and we need to defend existing terms as much as make claims to improve them.

We know that not every proposal of ours will be agreed – and we know that all will meet with resistance. Commercial producers won’t write us a blank cheque, which is why we need you standing up in support of our claim.

Encourage non-members to join our union and stand with us to make our voice louder, and watch out for the newsletters which will keep you updated as to where we are.

North East of England GB AGM Agenda 2014

14 October 2014

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North East of England General Branch AGM Agenda 2014

North East of England GB Nomination Form 2014

14 October 2014

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North East of England General Branch Nomination Form

General Branch Minutes - 2 September 2014

24 September 2014

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Minutes of the meeting held on 2 September 2014.

Live Entertainment Works! poster

29 July 2014

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The Live Entertainment Works! campaign has now launched. The aim of the campaign is to approach local venues asking them to display the poster supporting live entertainment and get across the message that the change in licensing law means that it is now easier to put on acts in venues with a capacity of 500 or below. For further information contact Mike Day by phone on 020 7670 0235 or

The Pilgrimage of Grace

22 July 2014

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This is a poster of details of a short play held at Prudhoe Castle in August.

Newsletter - July 2014

7 July 2014

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Newsletter for July 2014.

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