SeaView: A Powerful New Digital TV Series

SeaView is an original digital TV series that premieres at the Belgrade this autumn as part of its Coventry UK City of Culture programme. I’ve been working on the series as the sound designer alongside the writer and director Corey Campbell (co-artistic director of Belgrade Theatre) and BAFTA-winning sound recordist John Roddy. It’s certainly one of the most exciting projects I’ve had the pleasure of working on.

SeaView first began in 2017 when we shot a short film entitled ‘Consequences’ in association with Derby City Council. Four years later, Corey has evolved the initial concept into a groundbreaking six-part series, developed by his own theatre company Strictly Arts, Belgrade Film and Digital Ltd.

This family drama, with an unsettling supernatural element, is rooted in the experiences of working-class communities in the West Midlands. Two sides of one family struggle against the crushing pressure to escape the often brutal reality of their lives.

Steven is a young graduate destined for great things. Tormented by his gift for prophecy and haunted by his dreams, he fights to break the cycle of lies, crime and violence that has ensnared his family, but finds himself in an impossible position.

When one seismic event throws the family’s world into chaos, big decisions need to be made.

Reice Weathers on Set

Reice Weathers on set

SeaView - Marcel White as Chez

Marcel White as Chez

The Actors Centre: Unlocking Contemporary Text

Join me on 30th April for a workshop on Unlocking Contemporary Text at The Actors Centre as part of their Audition Series.

This will be a workshop on audition technique with a particular focus on auditioning for drama school. We’ll look at how to unlock contemporary text, how to prepare for an audition and what the panel is looking for. You’ll work on a contemporary monologue in groups and collectively explore making detailed choices and developing a three-dimensional character that lives in the moment.

The workshop will also touch on how to choose a good monologue and what to avoid, how to handle last-minute auditions and how to warm up.

Unlocking Contemporary Text

30th April
10:00-12:30
£25 member / £30 non-member

BOOK NOW: https://www.actorscentre.co.uk/workshops/online-audition-series-unlocking-contemporary-text

Kieran Vyas: Artistic Director of Urban Young Actors

Urban Young Actors has had a special place in my heart since I started leading workshops there in 2016. I teach professional actors, drama school students and youth theatre all over the UK but there is an incomparable electricity and a certain homeliness to this drama school for young people in Leicester. It’s for this reason that I couldn’t be happier to announce that I’ve now taken over the company as owner and artistic director. Alongside me at the Urban helm is my partner – award-winning actor and practitioner Katie Burchett – who joins me as co-owner and director to steer Urban into the new chapter of its life.

What is Urban Young Actors?

Urban provides weekly acting workshops for young people in Leicester as well as producing multiple theatre and film projects every year. Our alumni include Mahalia (Brit & Grammy Award-Nominated Artist), Jurell Carter (Emmerdale, ITV), Owen Warner (Hollyoaks, Channel 4), Dilan Raithatha (West End playwright) and Devesh Sodha (award-winning composer).

We run several groups in Leicester City Centre and Barkby that are split by age: 8-11, 12-16 and 16-21. In the past our larger projects have included stage productions, short films, festivals, competitions and a feature film that premiered at the Odeon cinema.

Looking to the future

We’re taking over Urban at a time when all of us are desperate to return to normal life and the arts will play a crucial role in repairing some of the damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have big plans, we’re very excited for the future, and development for a film project in late 2021 has already begun.

Get involved

If you want to find out more information about Urban Young Actors or apply for a free trial session then head over to urbanyoungactors.com

On Set at Urban Young Actors

Delivery – A Short Film by Kieran Vyas

A hopeless delivery woman pushes a bewildered resident to the edge.

During lockdown, my partner (actor Katie Burchett) and I put our energy into writing and producing a short film. We ended up creating ‘Delivery’ – a short comedy sketch in which Katie plays both of the two leading roles. We submitted ‘Delivery’ to a variety of film festivals and were delighted to receive a number of laurels including annual winner of the White Deer International Film Festival.

Laurels received so far:

White Deer International Film Festival – Annual Winner
First-Time Filmmaker Sessions – Finalist
London Rocks Film Festival – Official Selection
London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival – Highest Commendation
UK Seasonal Short Film Festival – Honourable mention

Katie Buchett in ‘Delivery’