Variety performers have shared their experiences of “shocking” backstage facilities at events and called to be treated the same as theatre performers.
They have complained that they have suffered a lack of spaces in which to change for performances.
Equity has vowed to include within all contracts that provision is made for appropriate and private changing facilities to be made available close to the performance space and separate from the public.
This is as a result of a motion put forward by the Thames Variety Branch at the union’s Annual Representative Conference 2019.
Speaking at the ARC, variety performer Red Sarah said: “One of my experiences was at a festival where there was a big marquee changing-room area, but in that area there were also DJs, photographers and plus-ones.
“Yes it’s backstage, yes it is a changing area, but that’s not adequate, I can’t do what I need to do.”
Sarah added: “It’s shocking, really shocking. I feel like as a variety performer, there is no respect, and this motion is just asking Equity to treat us the same as if we were theatre performers.”
Marie Kelly, from the Singers’ Committee, added: “I’ve been to venues where agents have said they will provide a suitable place to change and it just hasn’t happened.
“I’ve been in some theatres where you have to go through the audience to change, and come back in to go on stage, I kid you not.”
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