All about Buyouts in Stagemanagement - Open Meeting 29th Jan

Open Meeting - Buy Out Contracts - with attending online option 

On Friday 29th January 2016 Equity's Stagemanagement Committee are holding an open meeting inviting stagemanagers (Equity membership not necessary) to join a discussion about buyout contacts, our understanding and their impact on our profession. Integrated in to the London meeting at Equity's offices there will be a video link up opportunity if you are unable to attend geographically. The video link up is being organised and hosted by SM committee member and Online Branch moderator Caron Lyon using the "Online Branch Video Room".

The video room can facilitate up to 8 people/connections and places can be reserved on Evenbrite here >> http://bit.ly/olbsjpetckt

SMCBO flashOn Friday 29th January 2016 at 1pm Equity will be hosting an open meeting to discuss the issue of buyout contracts tabling for discussion:

  • What’s good about them?
  • What’s bad about them?
  • What can Equity do about them?
  • What can you do about them?

Equity's current BuyOut guidelines document (drafted in 2011, document reformatted 2015)

The meeting will take place in The Council Room, Guild House, Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9EG and is open to all stage management. Come along, have your say and find out about the work Equity and the Stage Management Committee are doing around the issue of buyout contracts.

If you would like to join the meeting using the online video room please reserve your ticket and the Online Branch Chair & Moderator, Caron Lyon will get in touch. Caron is also a member of the Stagemanagement Committee and will be hosting this online event from the meeting in Equity's Guild House head quarters in London.

If you would like to attend in person, please email tostagemanagement@equity.org.uk

Find out more about the Equity Stagemanagement Committee 

Find out more about the Equity Online Branch

Book ASAP if you'd like to attend via the video link up from where ever you are. There are only 8 seats/connections available in the online video room.

Technical Requirements to attend the video link.

  • Web browser on any desktop, laptop or mobile devise - Chrome, Firefox or Opera (The video room uses appear.in)
  • Internet, 3G or 4G access
  • mic for audio
  • webcam if you want to be seen

Is Digital Resistance Ultimately Futile?

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This is about WORK / LIFE balance. What what???

We are all familiar with work and its lovely if it comes hand in hand with pay but 'life' and 'balance' are trickier beasts to lure. Have you had your future changed by the career path you chose? Do you have children? Did children never happen? Did you ever think children would be part of your future? Has having children changed the way you are perceived in the work place? On 28th September Equity hosted a meeting to discuss the event and the new campaign. From the table discussions its seems certainly a YES that many parents are seen differently post child arrival.

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Stagemanagers - PIPA meet up

LEFT: photo taken from a remote access location showing the view of the online host.

Providing attendance options other than traveling to venues, especially for meetings that take as long to travel to as the event duration itself is a digital reality with the state of current social technology right now.

As an advocate of 'making good use of the things that I find' hence my other online persona; The Social Media Womble, it is Google's suit of apps that holds great promise especially for collaboration and cross compatibility of most existing mobile and desktop technology hardware.

Google Hangout is Google's video chat and meeting app. For the PIPA Equity Info meeting this facilitated 2 connections with 9 participants (7 at the venue and 2 remote connection visible just within the shaded lower title box in the photo to the left)

Over the last year I've hosted Hangout to run along side Equity events and meeting as well as a series of sessions called 'Meet The Moderator' inviting Online Branch members to login and share their hopes, frustrations and expectations regarding Equity's online and digital offering in an attempt to conceptually establish an online spacial presence where members can meet and connect both socially and for industry sector knowledge insights.

Can we let go of our physical necessity to attribute meaningful experiences to 'being there'? Can we envisage participating remotely with each person being physically located not where the experience is unfolding and recognise the collective propinquity of 'taking part'? Is the disappointment of not being somewhere or the envy of physical experience a human factor we can ever over come?

I proposed a remote audience access option where this Hangout (see photo above) was part. After all the nature of parenting often exclude mums and dads from attending events directly because of childcare responsibilities. The mind set of the venue technical staff closed down the possibility of this being realised at the launch on the 16th resulting from the misleading self determination of the potential of modern social technology provision offered by practitioners such as myself.

I have host live theatre livestream with chat rooms running and been delighted to discuss with viewers the experience of one lady watching theatre while stroking her cat sleeping on her knee, And a couple watching from home with their newborn sleeping soundly. These audience experiences touch me deeply and as a theatre practitioner audience stories in the age of social are what drives every social media platform from Twitter and Facebook to Yelp and YouTube.

It is all to easy to focus of capacity for box office break even but what about the reason we create and perform? To entertain and inform. As a technical arts practitioner and stagemanager I delight in providing access being to the suspension of disbelief on stage with props, lighting or sound to the facility to open the production doors wider than ever before and welcome in the digital viewers and provide more than marketing or web design but a hosted social experience where attending from home or remotely organised satellite event can be as meaningful and being a 'bum on a seat'. 

PIPA - Parents in the Performing Arts Campaign Launch

16th October at Young Vic Theatre, London

Website: http://www.pipacampaign.com/

Manifesto: http://www.pipacampaign.com/manifesto/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/PIPAinfo

Equity Childcare Motion at TUC 2015: http://www.pipacampaign.com/equity-childcare-motion/


Networking Adventure - Leicester Digital Exchange - Oct 2015

On Wednesday 7th October 2015 I went to my very first networking event since relocating to Long Eaton. Held at Leicester's Exchange Bar on Rutland Street in the heart of the Cultural Quarter. I made my way on train which was super easy only being a 5 min walk from the station.

I wasn't sure what to expect as I've become rather jaded when it comes to networking events if I'm honest. It was a useful evening, lots of talk, lots of buzz, a good range of digital business types with varied interests which for me can be a bit overwhelming so I stepped aside to reflect ...

check out my AudioBoom - http://bit.ly/leicdigiex01

 I did ask my self 'Why was I there?' to which I answered, 'to build new connection and perhaps find some consultancy work.' It was only after my podcast reflection I realised I was credibly a blogger and enjoy making media to share, especially when once the event is over its never to be repeated.

There may be future events under a brand banner but the circumstances and people attending will never be repeated. This was the launch of Leicester's Digital Exchange and as I had by vlogging stuff in my bag I ask Lead Organiser Ann Stanley MD of Anicca Digital I was interested to know why the event had been conceived and what drive was behind its delivery. Ann answered all my questions with passion and future vision. These Digital Exchange meet ups are going to be monthly. There is also E-Commercial - Ecommerce Marketing & Technology Conference on the near horizon (Nov 3rd) taking place At Curve in November.

Here is my video posted to my YouTube channel

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Check Out

Leicester Digital on MeetUp.com http://www.meetup.com/Leicester-Digital-Exchange/

Leicester Digital on Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Leicester-Digital-8383261/about

 

Thank you Ann for sitting down to chat.

VIEWING PLEASURE NOTE!

I never like suggesting how to watch a piece of media, it shouldn't be necessary but... if was suitably and cosily casual in the Exchange Bar's cellar and the lights were low. Probably best watch smaller rather than larger on your screen. Also, to stop me over producing regards the edit there are no titles or incidentals to keep the piece simple. After all I keep telling myself its the sharing of the media that matters.

Enjoy - Hope to see you at a future Leicester Digital Event


PCM rebooting

Rebooting my PCM... In Conversation web series for YouTube. Skype chats where we provide our tipple of choice, I provide the initial chat outline, we make a video episode all about your latest endeavour. Let me know if you'd like to be a guest. First recording 19 Oct with Kate Kavanagh @BustingFree

Check out this last chat. I'll be putting the previous episodes on my YouTube Channel in the next few weeks.

PCM ...in conversation - with Dori Kirchmair

more to come....