Play Fair have recently launched a new campaign to increase diversity and equality within the industry.
The lack of diversity on our stages, screens, airwaves and online is one of the biggest issues our industry faces, and members from diverse backgrounds have fewer working opportunities as a result – making lack of diversity an industrial priority for Equity.
Play Fair highlights Equity’s policy statement on inclusive casting which calls for:
- More incidental casting – where the identity of the actor is incidental to the character opening up more opportunities to cast more diversely
- Greater authenticity when diversity is relevant to the role – for example, more disabled actors playing disabled characters
- Greater legal compliance with equality law
Equity wants to see more employers:
- Play Fair on inclusive casting – to deliver more diversity on stage, screen, online and on-air
- Play Fair with the law – members routinely share their experiences of poor and potentially illegal practice
- Play Fair on accessibility – too little thought is given to ensuring disabled actors have equality of opportunity in the casting process
- Play Fair and monitor – more employers need to monitor the diversity of their performers so that we can measure progress
Equity has recently produced a Manifesto for Casting and a Casting Questions Card that outline how employers, agents and casting directors can ensure they are acting inclusively and within the law when they represent, audition and employ actors.
For more details Diversity film and TV Research