East Anglia Variety Branch
East Anglia Variety Branch
We're here for all members based in or working in the region. All Equity members are welcome to join in our branch activity.
Dates of next meeting: Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Monday 8 November at 7.30pm: including Committee Elections - all members welcome (in-person at The Canary Club, Thorpe Rd, Norwich)
Read more about our AGM: click here
Would you like to stand in the elections to be a member of the Branch Committee? click here
Download our latest newsletter (October 2021) by clicking here.
Equity East Anglia Benevolent Fund and The Peachy Mead Memorial Fund
Click on the below to read more and to make a donation online.
Round up of recent events:
On Friday 23 July we had a in-person morning event, where we had workshops on self-promotion and social media, how to use the Equity website and create and maintain your Equity profile, wellbeing and financial support. We also had professional photographer Anita Staff with us to take headshots (free for members).
All members from the region (or in the region at the time) are welcome. We welcome variety performers, actors, stage managers and other creative practitioners - anyone who is an Equity member!
All Equity members are welcome to attend our Branch meetings. We have guest speakers on specialist subjects, ‘how to guides’ (e.g. using the Equity website and logging in) and guests from Equity’s Head Office including our Regional Organiser.
Come along and share your views and discuss issues and share experiences. We feed back issues to Equity Council, we support members from across the region and we hold socials, networking and local fundraising events.
If you would like to join the branch and be kept up-to-date with its events, do get in touch. If you are a member or student member visiting or working in the area you are very welcome to drop into the next Branch meeting and get to know some of your fellow members.
You could also join our Branch Facebook page to keep up-to-date and network with local members. You can find it here.
You belong to an important and effective union and you belong to the famous East Anglia Variety Branch!
Branch Committee Members
(As elected at the Branch AGM in November 2019)
Branch Secretary: Peachy Mead
Acting Branch Secretary: Joseph Ballard | Email Joseph
Chair: Phil Segon
Vice Chair: Norman Fisher
Assistant Branch Secretary: Giovanni
Treasurer: Honra Simms
with Razz Emery, Anthony Hawkins, Crazy Corin, Maureen Rogers, Suzannah Jaye, Danny Lawrence and Tony Dennes (Honorary Chair).
We are always after news relevant to our region, or updates from members and their current work. Perhaps you would like to share the news of an upcoming show! Get in touch with Joseph for inclusion online and in our newsletter.
History of the East Anglia Variety Branch
The Branch formed in 1983, with the help of long-serving Branch Secretary of 38 years, Peachy Mead. Tony Dennes, who had a double-act with Peachy in the 60s (some say it still continued at meetings), is now Honorary Chairman after serving as Chair 2005-19.
Photo: Members and committee members are pictured at The Forum in Norwich (May 2017), when we celebrated the Year of Variety and showcased local members all day at The Forum in Norwich.