South Wales Variety Branch


In order to keep this page uncluttered, our 2017 items have been archived here and 2016 items can be viewed here 

And after years of frustrating tinkering I am finally able to get images to work on our pages - more or less as they should.
I have tested this on several web browsers but nothing is certain in the webmaster's world. Please let me know if you have any issues.
So gentle folks... Meet your new committee here

Hey guys. I do believe that we are back to normal for tomorrow's Branch meeting (May 1st) at Tyn y Twr.
Or so our newly repaired and invigorated leader Shelli Dawn tells me. Please try to be there. Normal hours apply.

Unfortunately Shelli Dawn fell down the stairs at her home this afternoon. I have spoken with her tonight. She has a broken rib and some bruising but otherwise comfortable in hospital.
But we have decided that under the circumstances it's best to cancel tomorrow's Branch meeting (April 3rd) at Tyn y Twr. Please try to let anyone you know that was planning to be there.


I promised the Branch that I would make the 2017 Christmas party video available. You can view it from here. it was filmed by Pat Phillips and compiled by my good self. We don't have any clever cameras but it's OK. Thank you Pat.
Didn't we do well again!


Branch Meeting
Our next Branch meeting will now be held on Tuesday May 1st. Always a pleasure to see you there if you can make it.


SWVB – AGM Report

There was a disappointingly low turnout for our AGM this year. Could be the aftermath of the recent poor weather or maybe it was just one of those things. Not even the free coffee and welshcakes persuaded our members to show up this year.That was a great pity as our guest for the evening, actor Huw Davies, proved to be one of the most interesting and informative speakers we have had for some time. Apart from being an experienced actor and writer, Huw - along with his wife Luan, run The Stagecoach drama and dancing school at Swansea. He shared with us a little of what that entails as well as numerous other life-changing episodes from his chequered past.

Despite the poor turnout, Huw assured us that he thoroughly enjoyed himself. That’s good to know. Thank you Huw. We all did.

Huw davies - Stagecoach

AGM 2018:

Very little has changed following this year’s committee elections. This is how we are now:

Branch Secretary:      Shelli Dawn
Assistant Secretary:   Noel West
Chair:                         Jill Ray
Assistant Chair:         Roberta Kay
Treasurer:                  Cei Phillips
Webmasters:             Tony Richards / Jill Ray
The post of Public Relations Officer remains unfilled. Shelli and Cei have agreed to carry on sharing in that role for the time being.

Same time next year then.


SWVB Annual General Meeting - 2018

Our South Wales Variety Branch’s AGM will be held this year on Tuesday March 6th . At the usual venue. Tyn y Twr at Baglan. We will have our normal members’ Branch meeting at 7:30 pm with the main event upstairs at 8:00 pm. Please come along if you possibly can make it. And try to be there in good time.

Also, we have a really exciting guest speaker who has agreed to join us this year. An experienced television and stage actor in both Welsh and English languages. It’s Swansea’s Huw Davies, who - along with his wife Luan are the the founders of the Swansea branch of Stagecoach. Together they have coached their pupils for almost 20 years and they continue to provide singing, dancing and drama coaching for young children and teenagers - many of whom have gone on to become professionals in their field.

Huw also writes Stagecoach Swansea's main school shows and oversees the LAMDA tuition to the students. He is probably one of the most professional people I have had the great pleasure to know. He has been a professional actor for thirty years and counting. He speaks fluent Welsh and has worked in numerous productions and he is equally at home working with both languages.

TV credits include 'The Bench', 'A Mind To Kill', award winning films, 'Care' and 'Streetlife' as well as many S4C series including several stints with 'Pobol-Y-Cwm'. His theatre work includes 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', 'Kes', 'Table Manners', 'The Corn is Green' with Patricia Routledge, 'Stowaway' and 'Romeo and Juliet'. He is currently on S4C's new drama "Parch" as the character Terwyn.

So come along and have a chat with him. What this guy doesn’t know about our business is probably not worth knowing. On top of that he’s an all-round nice guy!

Check out The Stagecoach here:

Oh… and did I mention the free tea, coffee and welsh-cakes?

Paul Ridd Fundraiser

Parts of the recent fund raiser that we organised for the Paul Ridd Foundation was filmed by Dave Thomas and edited by me. The show was enjoyed by all and sundry. Thank you everyone for your time.
Check it out here:


We are delighted to welcome all members living, working or just passing through South Wales to our monthly Branch meetings. We meet on the FIRST TUESDAY of every month at:


Please do your best to attend any of our meetings.
It would be great to see newer/ younger members attending as we need to get more insight into what you expect from the Union & the business. The internet is great for keeping in touch but so much more can be be acheived by meeting face to face & getting to know fellow artists. We usually have an enjoyable mix of business and pleasure. (And we don't bite!)  Hope to see you there.

To find out more about the Branch call our Branch Secretary:
SHELLI DAWN on +44 1685 812779

Or email our Webmasters;
JILL RAY:      

Or contact the Equity office in Cardiff:
National Organiser:   Simon Curtis / Mair James Buckley
Recruitment and Retention Organiser:   Wayne Bebb
Organising Assistant:   Mair James
Transport House, 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9SD
Tel:   029 2039 7971   Fax: 029 2023 0754
Mobile: 077 9875 0254

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