Category Archives: actors

Equity/BECTU bust Avalon TV over unpaid ‘Al Murry’ extras


The Stage reports” Avalon’s advert, spotted by The Stage, said it needed “extras for a shoot with Al Murray”, promising that those who participate will “be part of our television show’s title sequence” and have the chance to “meet Al … Continue reading

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An example of best practice in hiring actors for the fringe


He raises funds, then hires the actors he wants. Is this a seasoned professional producer? No it’s a theatre journalist! From Mark Shenton’s Blog in The Stage: “Now we could go ahead with casting it, secure in the knowledge that … Continue reading

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Police claim MI5 said it was OK to hire unpaid actors


A shocking allegegation of minimum wage infractions by people who should really know better: the Police. From a lead NEWS article in THE STAGE written by Jamie Elliott based on a tip off from TVWatercooler.org. “The Association of Chief Police Officers … Continue reading

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ACE is redeveloping the Arts Jobs site to counter unlawful ‘Volunteering Oportunities’


Bravo Arts Council! Great insight and vision to introduce screening questions for unpaid ads. This is a major step forward not only for actors, but for the organisations and companies that offer legitimate unpaid opportunities and learning experiences for entry … Continue reading

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OLD VIC seeks 100+ actors UNPAID


UPDATED 30 July 2010 This Old Vic ad has been removed from the Arts Council ‘Artsjobs’ Website: (click image for full size version) The above advert placed in ArtsJobs (the Arts Council’s website) seems to have been trawling for 100+ … Continue reading

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The Boycott Poll


Actors have been discussing not working on unpaid or underpaid work for a long time. But now the disussion is shifting to not ATTENDING unpaid theatre. In effect: a boycott.

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Coalition government: NMW guidance for entertainment sector going ahead


The news distribution service fot the UK government and public sector confirmed on June 21 that there were no major changes in government activity relating to NMW.  They also confirmed that ‘there should be specific guidance on the National Minimum … Continue reading

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Equity’s past no/lo pay publication for film and TV


Equity has sent along to this blog a two+ year old publication directed to actors, dealing with no pay and low pay jobs.  It is already a little out of date, as some points on NMW in the publication were … Continue reading

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The Stage Reports: Equity Commissions Research into Actors Wages


The Stage claims that Equity is positioning for further negotiations: “Equity Annual Representative Conference 2010: Equity is to commission professional research about changes in actor employment levels across the country, in a bid to help in its negotiations with employers over … Continue reading

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Equity conference resolves new action on NMW at ARC


Equity has resolved to take new action to lobby the government educate employers and performers at their 2010 conference.  Equity representatives meet once a year in an ARC (Annual Representative Conference) so that regional/local branches of the union can put … Continue reading

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