This is a call to action for everyone in the Low Pay/No Pay network: Send a message to all wannabe employers; minimum wage is here to stay. A runaway success like YMBBT has to pay! This show sold out at the Barbican last year. YMBBT represents the largest single use of unlawfully unpaid actors. Making them pay their actors this year will be a big victory for all working actors.
AMW advises campaigners to take the job and claim the NMW. Equity is looking to support members in tribunal. Last year’s statement “If any member of Equity is involved in this production and believes that they should have received at least the National Minimum Wage, I would encourage them to come to Equity’. Support within Equity for AMW campaign has grown. This motion was passed at the Equity ARC this summer, by the young members committee, and typifies Equity’s strengthened position on NMW. BECTU members are also encouraged to participate in this campaign.
Last year YMBBT used 200 unpaid actors, despite having £40k of funding. This employer is the largest known theatre employer of unlawfully unpaid actors. The show sold out at the Barbican and was also charging £12 per audience member. No actors were paid.
Be a hero for your fellow actors and support your union! Apply by email to Alex and the get in to the cast of ‘You Me Bum Bum Train’ and then call up Equity and make this massively exploitive employer pay! Get a group of actors to join this effort. The more the better.
You Me Bum Bum Train needs YOU!
Previous acting experience isn’t necessary. Whether you’re a performer or just want to have fun and meet new people, there’s a role for you!
Show dates will be between Mid-September and Mid-November 2011. Perform in as many or as few shows as you like!
All performing roles are voluntary as the show is very low budget and not for profit.
Contact Alex Neumayer firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number for more info!
description of show: YMBBT is an exhilarating, participatory adventure where audience members – ‘passengers’ journey alone through a maze of live scenes featuring over 200 performers. The shows unique format makes each individual passenger feel like the entire journey has been created especially for them. By becoming the star of each scenario, individuals are transported not only physically, but psychologically. Passengers are catapulted into unimaginable situations before being returned to the outside world, breathless, invigorated and left wanting more.