Equity at the Edinburgh Fringe (full programme) 2-23 August

Equity at the Edinburgh Fringe 

All events are free but some must be booked in advance.

Drop-in Advice Desk 

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (2nd August to Friday 23rd August) from 12noon to 4pm.

An Equity Organiser will be available to discuss all your contract related issues, benefits of Equity membership and other work related issues you may be facing during your time in Edinburgh. 

Where: Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 13-29 Nicolson St, EH8 9FT – we can be found in the main foyer at the ticket desk.

Or we can be contacted at any time by phoning: 0141 248 2472

Cast Visit

You can call 0141 248 2472 or 07950 486 959 to arrange a cast visit for your show. Every year we meet casts to listen to your views and ideas; talk about current hot topics and what Equity is doing. These short meetings usually happen after your show but we are flexible so do get in touch to set up a time and please bring any non-members along – it could be the first time they have the chance to engage with us 

Our Events Programme

All events are free but some must be booked in advance - see below for details.

Directors & Designers Open Meeting

August 5th, 11.00am

In 2014, Equity launched the Professionally Made, Professionally Paid campaign and a new agreement for performers and stage managers working on the fringe. But what about directors and designers? What would a fringe agreement look like for the creative team, and how can we work together to raise standards for directors and designers on the fringe?

Join Equity, The Association of Lighting Designers, Stage Directors UK and the Society of British Theatre Designers to talk about what you’d want to see in a fringe agreement for the creative team and what we can do to expand Equity’s work on the fringe. Representatives from the union and the three professional associations will introduce the session, and then it’s over to you to share your ideas about what good contracts should look like in fringe theatre. 

Further events around the UK will be announced shortly.

Where: Upstairs at Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 13-29 Nicolson St, EH8 9FT

RSVP: Please confirm your attendance by email: cbence@equity.org.uk

All of the following events take place at Fringe Central (Venue 2).

All events are free but some must be booked in advance - see below for details.

The Sanctuary

August 8th, 11th, 14th, 18th and 23rd,  11.00am- 5.00pm

Get away from the madding crowd to this calm, silent space where you can just be for a while before getting back out there. Providing peace in a comfortable environment, there’ll also be a neck and shoulder massage therapist (free).  Part of ArtsMinds ( the mental well-being collaboration of Equity, Spotlight, The Stage and BAPAM).  No need to book  - just pop in.  Massage slots reserved in person on the day (1st come 1st served)   

www.artsminds.co.uk                                 

Managing Performance Anxiety

August 19th , 1 -4.00pm

Dr Pippa Wheble is a GP with a special interest in Performing Arts Medicine and Performance Anxiety. She is a Transformational Breath Facilitator® and Trainer. In this practical session she'll discuss the factors that result in performance anxiety (stage fright) and presents an introduction to practical mindfulness, breathing and meditation using Transformational Breath® Participants will need comfortable clothes and footwear and bring a bottle of water.

This is jointly hosted by Equity and BAPAM

BOOK HERE: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/managing-performance-anxiety

Fringe Fair

August 19th, 1.00 -6.00pm

An opportunity to meet key organisations such as funders, arts councils, training providers and agencies as well as Equity. Browse from table to table gathering the knowledge and advice you need.

No booking needed

Meet The YMC

August 19th, 5.30am -7.00pm

Equity has a committee of young members who aim to protect, promote and extend the rights and interests of their peers in the entertainment industry. Whether you are an Equity member or not, Come and meet them, share ideas and issues, and get informed. Followed by networking drinks.

BOOK HERE: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/meet-the-ymc

The Voicebox Toolbox: How to avoid cracking your voice during the Fringe

August 20th, 11.00am -12.30pm

Practical advice and exercises, designed specifically for the vocal demands of the Fringe. The workshop will be run by Tess Whittaker, a Speech & Language Therapist, Vocal Coach and Voice-Over Artist.Topics explored:  the vocal mechanism, how to protect the voice (both on the Royal Mile and on stage), what to do when things go wrong and effective and efficient vocal-ups.

BOOK HERE: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/voicebox-toolbox-how-to-avoid-cracking-your-voice-during-the-fringe

Drop-in Advice

August 20th, 11.00am -1.00pm

Informal, individual drop-in space for you to ask Equity's advice about your work or career – contracts, pay, training, marketing or any other issue you want to discuss with us.

No booking needed,  just drop in.

Bringers of Change

August 20th, 5.30 -7.30pm

In 2018 Equity's BAME members created the Change Network by inviting ethnic minority performers and creatives to identify their priorities in tackling ongoing discrimination in our industry. They've identified as critically important problems with racism, casting and low pay. This round table is a chance to engage with this Network and talk about how ethnic minority artists can educate, impact and improve the industry. Followed by drinks.

BOOK HERE:  https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/bringers-of-change

Drop-in Advice

August 22nd1.00-3.00pm

Informal, individual drop-in space for you to ask Equity's advice about your work or career – contracts, pay, training, marketing or any other issue you want to discuss with us.

No booking needed,  just drop in.

The Sanctuary

August 23rd, 11.00am – 5pm

Get away from the madding crowd to this calm, silent space where you can just be for a while before getting back out there. Providing peace in a comfortable environment, there’ll also be a neck and shoulder massage therapist (free).  Part of ArtsMinds ( the mental well-being collaboration of Equity, Spotlight, The Stage and BAPAM).  No need to book  - just pop in.  Massage slots reserved in person on the day (1st come 1st served)   

www.artsminds.co.uk

DON’T FORGET

All Fringe Participants have access to the Fringe Central Events Programme – which runs throughout the festival with lots of free professional and personal development events.  Pick up your Participant's Pass from Fringe Central when you get to Edinburgh and make use of the free wifi, and the other resources: computers, printing, photocopying and a café and a creche with pre-bookable spaces for 10 children (available on specific dates). Your pass also gets you discounts. 

If you’re not going to be in Edinburgh, do have a look at our free training resources and workshops available all year round -  www.feutraining.org.uk  and follow us on @equity_events

Further details and contact information

Louise Grainger

lgrainger@equity.org.uk

02073796000