Essex General Branch - October/November Newsletter

As the Autumn leaves begin to fall Saturday November 2nd draws nigh.

ESSEX GENERAL BRANCH MEETING 11:00 The Link, Trinity Methodist Church, Chelmsford


The Committee are very excited to announce that our next speaker on Saturday Nov. 2nd in Chelmsford is the multi-talented and highly entertaining Danny Owen.

Please bring all your Equity friends and prepare for a chuckle!

Danny was a child performer and appeared with Jack Wild in the film Oliver! Since then he has worked with dozens of big names, filled those in between times as a supporting artist and has gradually cornered the market in solo tribute acts.

He can give you Sir Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, Julio Iglesias and many more....but of course we're not booking him to perform! Instead he will take us on a frequently hilarious stroll through half a century in the business.

Danny has also developed into a highly praised photographer, specialising in flowers in astonishing detail - and also in wild animal portraits which showcase a skill to "capture the moment."

No doubt Danny will be recalling his big TV break, with Matthew Kelly on Stars In Their Eyes.....!

Come along to Trinity Link, Trinity Methodist Church, 48 Rainsford Road, Chelmsford CM1 2XB.

There is a car park to the left of the church. Coffee etc 10.45am, the meeting starts with Danny at 11am. Afterwards we often adjourn to the County Hotel bar, right opposite our venue!

See Danny Owen Equity, Essex General Branch                                

Last Meeting update from Liz Mullen

Hey there WASPI - Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign I hope you are checking out the amazing response from these fine and largely angry women to our Facebook post about your excellent talk?
We at Essex Branch of Equity are not qualified to answer queries (please go to WASPI themselves, ladies). However, we certainly sympathise. We feel sure that many performers (aka female actors!) must have been affected by all this...
So many of your well-expressed comments are emphasising the exact points made by Frances - hopefully, WASPI has some new members here!
Yet again, I personally feel lucky to have been born in Jan 1952! Still a full-time radio producer/presenter at 67 and up for a few years yet but that's MY choice, not the Government's.
Liz Mullen, Essex General Branch.

Equity’s Screen and New Media Committee, in conjunction with the D/deaf and Disabled Members Committee, are delighted to announce that thery will be holding a ground-breaking video games event on 30 October at Graeae Theatre in East London aimed at Equity’s D/deaf and disabled performer members. The purpose of the day will be both to introduce our performer members to work opportunities within the games industry, but also to open the dialogue with the games industry about improving employment prospects for D/deaf and disabled performers, working on ways to enhance inclusivity throughout the game pipeline, from concept through to delivered game.

 The structure of the day will start with a morning of practical workshops on mo-cap and voice acting for union members, led by industry professionals. In the afternoon, the event will be opened up to the wider games industry, who will join the performers for talks and panel discussions. 

The event is free of charge and open to D/deaf and disabled members of Equity and to games industry professionals, especially those who might be able to help with employment opportunities. Space is limited, however, so tickets will be on a first come, first serve basis.

For more details, or information, and in any alternative format, register your interest at

JOHN ALEXANDER – It is with much regret that we record the passing of The Puppetman – John and we send our condolences to Caroline at this sad time. Many of the members had seen John in action and as a long term active member of the Branch he will be sadly missed. RIP.

Children's Entertainers' Open Meeting

Equity will be holding its annual London meeting of children's Entertainers on Thursday 7th November 2019 at 2pm (until about 4.30pm) at the Equity offices in Guild House. If you work in this field this is an opportunity to meet your fellow professionals to discuss the issues of the day with each other and staff.

Details from - Mike Day ( or just go along.

Looking forward to meeting you on Saturday 2nd. November                                         Best Wishes

Martyn Harrison [Chair] & Dee Mardi [Vice Chair]