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Diary: No-eye-dears at Equity ARC

It’s been a politically turbulent few months for Equity, as members have been divided on what some liken to the union’s own version of Brexit.

Things came to a head at this year’s Annual Representative Conference, where members traditionally come together to put forward motions on matters such as pay, gender equality and exploitation. However this year’s hottest topic was the union’s logo – with theatremakers spending an hour debating three motions on the highly controversial matter.

Proposing to change the logo, one member said the old version was “loved with passion” while the new one is a “pale and paltry replacement, devoid of the richness of the original and a mere abstract representation”.

Tabard can think of many things to be passionate about – but a logo wouldn’t be the first thing that springs to mind.

Another speaker bemoaned the “lack of eyes” in the masks on the new icon, asking the conference: “It’s very eerie to look at, very suspect, why have we done it?”

Luckily some speakers had perspective – with one arguing that those who changed the graphic should be “considering their positions”. One member, opposing the motion, warned supporters of the old logo not to become “logroaners” – Equity’s version of remoaners.

Tabard can’t help but feel sorry for the graphic designer responsible and advises they should perhaps lay low until things blow over.

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