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Equity low pay/no pay head becomes union’s new West End organiser

Equity low pay and no pay organiser Emmanuel de Lange. Photo: Phil Adams Emmanuel de Lange is to become Equity's West End organiser
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Equity low pay no pay officer Emmanuel de Lange is to become the union’s new West End organiser.

He will replace Virginia Wilde, who is retiring from the role. Wilde has been with Equity for 28 years, and in the role of West End organiser for the past 18.

De Lange was the union’s first low pay/no pay officer. He was appointed in 2014 and was charged with ensuring fair pay on fringe productions under the Professionally Made Professionally Paid campaign.

Under his tenure, more organisations have signed up to using the union’s fringe contract, including the King’s Head in London and the Jermyn Street Theatre.

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De Lange told The Stage that the low pay/no pay role was seen by the union as “crucial” and would be retained when he moves to the West End organiser role in July.

Wilde is retiring after 15 years. During her tenure, the union has secured the first West End pay deal for assistant directors.

She said: “It has been a great privilege to work with our West End members and I have thoroughly enjoyed doing so. I am sure that Emmanuel de Lange will do a fantastic job for our West End membership and I wish him all the best.”