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Yorkshire Ridings General Branch November 2012 Newsletter

30 October 2012


Equity Vice-President to speak at next Branch Meeting in York

We are excited to announce that Equity Vice-President Jean Rogers, will speak on “How the Media Controls our Image - The Fight Goes On!” at your next Branch meeting. All Equity members will be welcome to this meeting. Please come along on:

Saturday 24 November


De Grey Rooms, York Theatre Royal
St. Leonard's Place, York, YO1 7HD

Jean will give a wide-ranging talk covering issues such as Gender Balance and Diversity, Low Pay No Pay, the recent World Intellectual Property Organisation Audiovisual Treaty, TV End Credits, Public Funding vs Patronage and the Status of the Artist. Jean will also be able to respond to members’ questions and concerns about National Equity matters. We hope lots of members will be able to come to our first Branch Meeting to be held in York. For travel and parking information:

… and in 2013 we hope to be holding Branch Meetings at West Yorkshire Playhouse once again – more about this inside.


An Equity Banner for Yorkshire

Your Branch wants to create an Equity Banner for the Yorkshire area. Are there any members who would like to get involved in designing and making a banner that can be used to support the Union’s campaigning work around the region and nationally? Please e-mail if you would like to help with this.


Devoted and Disgruntled

The Devoted and Disgruntled nationwide conversation on the future of theatre came to West Yorkshire Playhouse in October. Several Branch members took part in some of over 50 sessions on offer ranging from ‘West Yorkshire Playhouse: What do you want it to be/do?’ to ‘Ageism or experience’ and ‘When does emerging artist start and end, and is there a recipe for it’. Branch officers Audrey Pointer and Pete Keal ran a useful session entitled ‘What Can or Should Equity be doing about all this???’. To find out more about what happened at that, go to:

We also had a very encouraging conversation with James Brining, the new Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse at the D & D event. James wants local actors and theatre creatives to feel welcome at WYP. He has offered us space to hold future branch meetings and we also hope he will be our guest speaker soon.


Introducing your new Committee

Yorkshire Ridings Branch had a successful Annual General Meeting in September and there have been several changes on the Branch Committee since. Singer Joy Palmer of the Chuffinells takes over as Branch Chair and Actor, Singer and Murder Mystery enthusiast Audrey Roselyn Pointer moves to Vice-Chair. New to the Committee, Storyteller Pete Keal becomes Secretary with Radio Presenter Anthony Blakesley becoming Assistant Secretary. Walk on Actor David Charles Denwood is the Branch’s new Treasurer and Actor Richard Dobson and newcomer, Actress and Dancer Yvonne Okyere-Whalley complete the Committee.

We wish to say thank you for your hard work to former Officers and Committee members Eleanor Dearle and Jo and Eric Egan.


Miss Representation

Miss Representation is a film that explores how media misrepresent-ation of women has led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. Made in the USA, the documentary was written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

Your branch will be approaching Yorkshire’s independent cinemas to ask them to screen the film. Equity’s 2012 ARC passed a resolution urging the making of a British version of the film.


Equity HMRC inspection insurance

Equity now offers an insurance scheme which covers members for Tax Inspection costs. Cover starts at £59 per year and will pay up to £75,000 of representation costs in the event of inspection. For more information go to:


News from your Branch by e-mail

Your Branch can now send newsletters to our members by e-mail. We intend to produce a pilot e-mail newsletter soon. If you don’t want to receive future newsletters by e-mail there will be clear instructions as to how to unsubscribe. We will continue producing printed newsletters for members who don’t have e-mail addresses or who would rather receive a printed newsletter than an e-mail newsletter. Please be aware however that there may be more content in the e-mail newsletter than there will be room for in printed newsletters.


Represent us at your local Trades Council

Trades councils bring together unions to campaign on issues affecting people in their workplaces and local communities. In your branch’s area there are TUC registered trades councils in Barnsley, Huddersfield, Hull, Keighley, Leeds, Rotherham, Scarborough, Sheffield and York. There are other Trades Councils in Doncaster and East Yorkshire as well as plans to re-establish trades councils in other areas.

Equity would like to work with other unions in the community, so if you’re interested in representing your branch at your local trades council, or want to know more e-mail the Assistant Branch Secretary Anthony Blakesley:


We’re on Facebook!

Yorkshire Ridings General Branch has a Facebook page which is shared with South Yorkshire Variety Branch. So, all you social networkers, come and join us. Over 130 people have done already, but we’re sure there’s lots of branch members on Facebook who have yet to do so. The page is a lively one and we hope y

ou’ll be part of it. To go to our Facebook page:

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If you have something you would like included in the Branch Newsletter, please e-mail

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