20 September 2019
Following her open letter in the latest Equity Magazine, Equity President Maureen Beattie announced to the West End Deputies meeting today how Equity will be ensuring that the changes to the Code of Conduct for Auditions will be implemented. These changes include being told when you will receive a yes/no answer following the auditions or job interview. Maureen asked the Deputies to spread the word about the new rights and make sure to report abuses on their own shows when cast changes happen.
Equity is contacting all 8000 members who have worked or are working on a contract covered by the three new Theatre Agreements: West End, Commercial and Subsidised Theatre advising them of the new Code of Conduct for Auditions which is now included in all three Agreements and highlighting the key provisions. These include important changes including being told when you will receive a yes/no following the auditions. Full details of the changes are available in the members’ area.
The new Code and the highlighted changes have been sent to the Casting Directors Guild, the Casting Directors Association, the Personal Managers Association and the Co-operative Personal Management Association, together with a letter advising them that Equity will be monitoring the implementation of the new Code and encouraging members to let us know their experience of the audition process.
Maureen Beattie said, "This is a basic dignity at work issue. Whether it be decent notice, minimising recalls or knowing whether it’s a yes/no on an audition these things cost nothing except time and respect. Our campaign is to work with members, producers and casting professionals to make sure this new code of conduct is put into practice."
Paul Fleming, West End and Subsidised Theatre Organiser, said, "Having been involved in the toughest negotiations to achieve these positive outcomes for members, we now need members to help us make sure that the changes on paper are put into practice. Please let us know your experiences of auditions for work on a West End, Subsidised and Commercial Theatre, and in particular let us know if you were given a Yes/No answer in reasonable time. Please also ensure you or your Agent claims any expenses due to you on the expenses form.”
Jamie Briers, Commercial and Industrial Organiser, Theatre, said, “Although the Code of Conduct is for auditions we are also inviting our Stage Management members to let us know whether you have been given Yes/No following interviews with the Managers.”
The Code of Conduct for Auditions can be found on the Rates and Agreements pages under West End, Commercial and Subsidised theatre.