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Diary: Petition says no go to new Equity logo

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Theatre people – they’re a temperamental bunch, aren’t they? And some might say they have too much time on their hands. Some might say – but not Tabard, you understand.

That said, Tabard did have to wonder about the battles some of them choose to pick, not least when a petition emerged online this week involving union Equity.

What was that petition, I hear you cry? Was it to do with securing fairer pay for performers on low-paid contracts? Was it calling on the union to do more to improve performers’ rights or some other major, pressing issue?

Well, no, not quite. The petition in question calls on the union to abandon its new logo.

You heard right. Its logo. “Equity has recently released a new logo which has upset [the] majority of its members who all agree that the old logo is perfectly fine,” the petition reads. “This petition is to urge equity [sic] to abandon plans to replace the old logo with the monstrosity they have unveiled.” Monstrosity? Never accuse those in the arts of being overly-dramatic.

But surely no one has taken this petition seriously, you ask. Well, 155 people had last time Tabard checked. Imagine what those 155 people could achieve if they put their collective energy into something really important.

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