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The casting situation in the UK

  • Skills and talents of Equity members are respected and recognised worldwide
  • Talented performers are available throughout the UK, not only in London and the South East but also within the nations and English regions
  • There is a range of representation from corporate agencies to boutique to co-operative and some performers represent themselves
  • All partners in the casting process face pressure to deliver professional casting standards, often within a short timescale and tight budget in an environment where script preparation is time consuming and the cost of travel is high
  • Self-taping is becoming more widespread and is an opportunity to widen access to the casting process
  • Women, black, South Asian, East Asian and minority ethnic, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+), Deaf and Disabled and older artists continue to experience discrimination across the industry
  • Social class remains a barrier to accessing and sustaining a career
  • An increasingly diverse audience both wants and expects to see and hear itself reflected authentically and its expectations are even higher of publicly-funded theatres and broadcasters
  • Productions that embrace diversity have demonstrated a wide appeal to all audiences and deliver real commercial success
  • It is unlawful to discriminate in the engagement of performers on the grounds of their Protected Characteristics as defined in the Equality Act 2010