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Equity Play Fair Season

Equity Play Fair Season

11 January 2017

 We are extremely excited to have Equity on board as guest curator this season alongside Casting Networks International. As part of the Equity Play Fair Season, Equity and the Actors Centre will be presenting a series of events and workshops to highlight, explore and celebrate the importance of greater diversity in the arts.

The workshops are open to both Equity members and Actors Centre members and the events are open to all. We want you to take advantage of this brilliant opportunity to learn more about diversity in the arts and to explore and debate its importance. If you are an Equity member but not an Actors Centre member, click here to book a workshop.

Be quick to book your spot! Most events are free and workshops are selling fast. Workshops are bookable via the Actors Centre and events via the Tristan Bates Theatre, more information and links below.



Stand Up for Women

Diane Messias

23 January, 11:00 – 18:00, £40

A one-day workshop in a very supportive environment where the secrets of stand-up will be revealed. From structuring a set to developing your own style, here you will have the space to exercise your inner funny bone.


There are Many Great Parts for Women

Joan Iyiola

30 January, 14:00 – 17:00, £18

Explore contemporary plays that really speak for women. Come away with scenes and monologues to add to your repertoire and a greater understanding of the playwrights and parts available to women.


Shakespeare Roles You’ve Never Played

Jennie Buckman

6, 7 February, 10:30 – 17:70, £60

It’s time to tackle the roles you’ve never tried before whether that’s because of gender, age, race or character. Rekindle your love of Shakespeare, lose your fear of language and develop your audition repertoire.



Panel Discussion: Who’s in Comedy: Is the Joke on You?

23 January, 18:30 – 21:00, Tristan Bates Theatre, £FREE

A panel of comedians talk about their part of the industry. Does comedy reflect the nation? How does new talent break through? Are stereotypes still our main punch-line?


Workshop and Discussion: Disability – It’s Not Such a Drama!

26 January, 14:00 – 17:00, £FREE

Partake in a discussion on being disabled in the dramatic arts. What’s on offer to assist disabled artists? Is it always easy to be disabled and proud? How can commissioners, producers and bookers be better allies? This workshop/discussion is open to all.


Panel Discussion: Class Action: Who Gets in and Gets on in the Creative Industries?

30 January, 11:00 – 13:00, Tristan Bates Theatre, £FREE

Where are all the working class actors? Here is an opportunity to share solutions and ideas for widening access to the arts for people of all backgrounds.


Panel Discussion: Casting: Who Holds the Net?

30 January, 14:00 – 16:00, Tristan Bates Theatre, £FREE

Does an actor’s background limit the roles they play? Discuss how to widen casting opportunities and see more actors from under-represented backgrounds in leading roles.


Performance: Celebration of West End Women

6 February, 19:30 – 21:00, Tristan Bates Theatre, £15

Our closing event of the Play Fair Season is an evening celebrating rising stars, from a West End singer to a Royal Court writer, a BBC star on stage, and a comedian to an RSC director. An entertaining evening of extraordinary talented women. 

 We are extremely excited to have Equity on board as guest curator this season alongside Casting Networks International.

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