how many recalls is suitable https://t.co/PwBI6Genoh
— Andrew Lawden (@tobe2b) August 21, 2019
That entirely depends on the type of production and what you will be expected to do in the show. Usually, I think the top limit of recalls should be three, but often I hear of actors being called back 10 times, sometimes even more. And this is ludicrous.
It can sometimes be hard for the creative team – they need to host a few recalls simply so they can remember what people look like. But, after the third recall, they should know whether someone is suitable for the role.
In all honesty, sometimes actors are recalled again and again simply because the main director isn’t available, and the resident, associate, and associate’s boyfriend lead the first few auditions in their absence – shortlisting the actors into ones they think could be right for the show.
This is all well and good until they realise they’ve been looking for the wrong ‘type’ when the actual director comes in, and they have to start the whole process again.
I’ve heard of this happening many times. I often have to check in with my casting department to see if they’re doing their job properly. Only last year, they spent two months casting a musical for me, when I was actually producing a play. Idiots.
Currently in the West End there is a trend to have 11 different auditions, each of which serves a specific purpose. These are:
• Audition 1 – the audition
• Audition 2 – the recall
• Audition 3 – the ‘let’s see if they can say dialogue without spitting’
• Audition 4 – the ‘parade them in a tight top in front of the director’
• Audition 5 – the movement call
• Audition 6 – the ‘get them back in and see what they look like standing next to the lead’
• Audition 7 – the ‘we’ve got the audition room booked for another day, so let’s call them back in for a laugh’
• Audition 8 – the ‘let’s see who they can understudy’
• Audition 9 – the ‘meet the producer’
• Audition 10 – the ‘do they look right?’
• Audition 11 – the ‘can they actually do the job?’
As you can see, these different auditions all serve a specific purpose, but they are also bloody annoying for the actor who is partaking in them – particularly when that person has to take another day off work.
However, with the availability of Skype, and rehearsal rooms becoming more expensive, lots of companies now try to keep the number of recalls as low as possible.
It’s important for all actors to know that they can actually claim expenses from the third audition for a particular show.
From this time onwards, performers can claim audition expenses in London when travelling from outside zone 4. The expenses can be from the auditionee’s home or from where they are staying when on tour etc – this can include rail fares, flights, petrol (but not an Uber from Scotland to London).
Always hold on to your receipts, and get your agent to claim the expenses on your behalf. It is especially vital that you do this when you don’t get the role – then at least you get something back for all your hard work, dear.