Portrayal on Screen and on Stage



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Equity UK and Irish Equity Members Only – Discussion on Portrayal of Performers from the Island of Ireland

Members of Equity UK and Irish Equity, including those who identify as Irish / Northern Irish who do not live on the island of Ireland are warmly invited to this joint meeting with agents and casting directors on the island to discuss issues of portrayal.

In July 2022 the Northern Ireland branch of Equity UK asked its members about barriers to their work, and a number of members expressed that they felt typecast into traditionally ‘Irish’ or ‘Northern Irish’ themed roles or to portray the ‘Irish’ or ‘Northern Irish’ look. Others were concerned about whether their perceived LGBT+ status might affect the roles they were offered, or their age and gender might be factors in casting.

This zoom webinar is for you if you would like to explore this and other issues of portrayal with agents, casting directors and Spotlight (Ireland).

The meeting will be a safe space where views and opinions are respected and respectfully shared. Those who attend will be asked to provide their questions and comments in advance and then called upon to put those questions and comments to the speakers.


Ian Manborde, Equity's Equalities and Diversity Official

Jonathan Shankey, talent agent, The Lisa Richards Agency

Georgia Simpson, Georgia Simpson Casting

Maureen Hughes, Maureen Hughes Casting

Jenny Martin, talent agent, Premiere Artists NI

Claire McGinley, Spotlight

Irish Equity, tbc

This webinar is private and only open to members of either Union and you will need your membership numbers to register. Please also encourage your colleagues and friends to join the appropriate Union and then register!

Click above to book your free members-only place and receive the link for this exciting and refreshing event!

The Zoom log in details will be emailed to members who have registered to attend on the morning of 1 March.

We want this meeting to be fully inclusive and accessible. If you have any access needs please email Alice on alemon@equity.org.uk. Please note that this webinar will not be recorded.