Equity ARC 2017: Guidance to be published on how to spot illegal audition questions
A new card detailing what questions it is illegal to ask at an audition is to be created after actors complained they are being faced with intrusive, personal questions.
A motion to create the card was overwhelmingly carried by members voting at Equity’s Annual Representative Conference, who agreed that industry standards around questions asked had fallen.
Certain questions concerning age, sexuality, marital status and ethnicity are unlawful, however Jean Rogers, proposing the motion, said there was “so much confusion” about what is and is not legal to ask.
A pocket-sized card will be produced detailing what questions individuals can legally refuse to answer, with the motion also agreeing to put a free PDF online.
“Employers knowing this information will help them, too. They have got those basic questions that they know are not legal. We have a job to make sure that the industry understands that we know what is legal and what is not legal,” Rogers said.
We need your help…
When you subscribe to The Stage, you’re investing in our journalism. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts.
The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in 1880. We do not receive government funding. We are not owned by a large corporation. Our editorial is not dictated by ticket sales.
We are fully independent, but this means we rely on revenue from readers to survive.
Help us continue to report on great work across the UK, champion new talent and keep up our investigative journalism that holds the powerful to account. Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue.