Writers’ room announced for Midlands-based web drama SeaView
Following an open call earlier this summer, the Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Strictly Arts Theatre Company are delighted to announce the six Midlands-based writers who will form the writers’ room for their upcoming digital TV series, SeaView.
Selected from a pool of 106 hopeful applicants, the six successful writers are Daniel Anderson, Annabel Brightling, Sophie Griffin, Sam Kurd, Dave Payne, and Rory Rawson.
Over the next 15 weeks, these up-and-coming local creatives will work with script editor Sophie Ellerby and series creator Corey Campbell to develop stories for a six-part series, set to premiere in 2021.
Based on an original idea by Corey Campbell – the Belgrade Theatre’s Co-Artistic Director for 2021 and Artistic Director of Strictly Arts Theatre Company – SeaView is an urban science-fiction drama, drawing on the experiences of working class communities in the West Midlands. Inspired by a true story, it follows the journey of Steven, a young man destined for great things who finds himself trapped by the destiny of others.
Tormented by his gift for prophecy and haunted by his dreams, Steven tries to break the cycle of lies, crime and violence that has ensnared his family, but finds himself in an impossible position. The way seems unchangeable, the decisions they make irreversible.
Corey Campbell said: “We were overwhelmed by the response to our open call-out, and have been hugely impressed by the quality of the applications we received. It’s been a difficult decision choosing just six writers to join our team, and we’d like to thank everyone who took the time to apply.
“Recruiting writers from the Midlands is part of our broader commitment to using this project to create opportunities for local talent. We’re very excited to get started as we meet our new writers’ room for the first time this week, and look forward to showing the wider world what the Midlands has to offer in 2021.”
The series will make its debut with an exclusive screening at the Belgrade Theatre in 2021, followed by an online release. The project is the product of a collaboration between the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Strictly Arts Theatre Company, Fix 8 Films, Run Home Productions and Audio Bassment that will see theatre and film production companies work together in groundbreaking new ways.