7 October 2016
It's 25 years since women joined the ranks of the Magic Circle - but female magicians still only make up around 5% of members. With magic currently back in vogue and many female acts getting rave reviews, could the magical glass ceiling be finally breaking?
By Nicola Stanbridge
BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37577537
6 September 2016
Once you can handle the insults, you begin': inside Philippe Gaulier's clown school.
Sacha Baron Cohen says he’s the funniest man he’s ever met and countless comics have learned from his ridicule. Brian Logan attends the classes of the legendary French teacher.
24 May 2016
Tony Robinson has been awarded an honorary life membership of the actors’ union Equity.
1 May 2016
With the Annual Representatives Conference, our members went out to get discounts for those attending to venture into Bristol. However we were lucky to be offered a long term discount at the Greenhouse in Bristol.
4 April 2016
Everybody who was anybody wanted to be on the Paul Daniels show - Mat Ricardo pays personal tribute
In 1970, Paul Daniels got his first shot on TV.
For that spot, he performed three tricks. During the first trick, he mentioned the other two, during the second he mentioned the first, and during the third trick he talked about the previous two. Legendary TV producer Johnnie Hamp took him aside after the filming and told him that he wasn't sure if he was clever or lucky, as he'd made his act impossible to edit, and they'd have to show the whole thing. In Paul's own words: ‘I was shocked…shocked...'
4 April 2016
FINALLY! A LAW HAS BEEN PASSED THAT WILL ACTUALLY PROTECT UK MUSIC VENUES FROM DEVELOPERS
If you were to paint a picture of the landscape of music venues across the UK within the last decade, it would be a pretty bleak one. London alone has lost over 35% of its grassroots music venues since 2007, with the number of spaces programming new artists dropping from 136 to just 88 (as of late 2015). The situation is almost like an economic equivalent to Dorian Gray and his mirror: a particular area code becomes more desirable, while the people and venues that helped establish it in the first place pay the price.
14 March 2016
Half of all live music venues in Bristol are under threat from new housing developments filling up the city centre.
Bristol Live Music Census conducted by UK Music found that the Bristol music scene generated a total of £123 million and helped support 927 full time equivalent jobs throughout the city.
But new developments converting offices to homes are putting half of the 94 music venues at risk from future noise complaints which can lead to closures.
6 March 2016
This is a basic report of what happened on Sunday at the South West Annual General Meeting in Yeovil. Full report to be given at the Branch Meeting.
19 February 2016
Street performers today are only after a quick buck. Bring in auditions
The head of the National Gallery wants to ban street performers from outside the building. How about sifting out the fakes instead?
31 January 2016
A survey has been put together to ask members to give feedback on venues they have performed in. Please read the section below, and copy and paste the information into word document to answer. This will then be compiled, with no members name being associated to the information without your permission first.