“SECRET codes of casting” are making black and Asian actors feel like they’re living in the segregation-era United States, their union reps said this weekend.
Performers’ union Equity will now demand that explicit anti-discrimination clauses are written into...
Monday 23rd May 2016
posted by Conrad Landin in Britain
PUNCH AND JUDY have been banished from Barry Island beach, shocked actors heard yesterday amid warnings of a crackdown on street performers from zealous councils and police.
Delegates at Equity conference heard that councils are using public space protection orders to get rid of...
posted by Morning Star in Britain
EQUITY can show other unions how to organise freelancers in an increasingly insecure world of employment, the union’s president said yesterday.
Malcolm Sinclair, a stage and screen actor best known for his role in comedy drama Pie in the Sky, proclaimed that “neoliberal...
Opera chorus accepts reduced pay cut
Saturday 19th Mar 2016
CHORISTERS sung loudly with one voice yesterday as they announced a whopping 100 per cent mandate for strike action and plans to speak out during performances.
The English National Opera is attempting to cut the hours of its 44-strong full-time ensemble by 25 per cent — and make...
Saturday 27th Feb 2016
Singers from the ENO – the ‘people’s opera’ – are balloting for action over jobs and pay. MARTIN BROWN explains why we should be cheering them on
Monday 22nd Feb 2016
posted by Morning Star in Features
Unions equip performing workers with the tools they need to get on in life, reports Bindu Paul
Saturday 13th Feb 2016
OPERA choristers are balloting on strikes after an attack on their pay and jobs that amounts to “cultural vandalism.”
English National Opera (ENO) bosses are threatening the 44 choir singers with four redundancies and a 25 per cent pay cut — though choristers’...
Tuesday 9th Feb 2016
posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain
When commercial television first appeared in Britain the BBC saw it as a near-apocalypse and manipulated the Archers’ audience away from it with a ‘dirty trick’ that allowed it to rid itself of a militant trade unionist, writes PETER FROST
Friday 2nd Oct 2015
Shift working and precarious employment mean that being an actor and being a parent are often incompatible, writes Equity leader CHRISTINE PAYNE
Sunday 13th Sep 2015