1 October 2020

SeaView Opening Casting Call

Want to be part of an online TV show breaking new ground in the West Midlands?


In the lead-up to Coventry’s year as City of Culture, Belgrade Film and Digital Ltd (an independent film production arm set up by the Belgrade Theatre Trust) has teamed up with Strictly Arts Theatre Company, Fix 8 Films, Run Home Productions and Audio Bassment to produce SeaView – a six-part, supernatural drama set among the region’s urban, working-class communities.


With scripts being developed by a team of up-and-coming Midlands writers, the producers are now looking to assemble a cast for the show, which is due to begin shooting in Coventry and Birmingham in March 2021.


Inspired by a true story, SeaView is an urban, supernatural drama centred around Steven - a young man destined for great things who is quietly tormented by his gifts. Steven's cousin Chez is desperate to finally cut ties with his illegitimate business and make an honest living, but when Steven is stabbed on a night out, Chez is forced to bury a dark secret and the family begin to fall apart.


Reality shifts and the realms of possibility are called into question as Steven's gifts suddenly appear super-human. On a mission to discover what he's truly capable of, can Steven liberate his family from the cycle of lies, crime and violence that have ensnared them? SeaView celebrates a Black, working-class, aspirational family, exploring the challenges they face in their efforts to achieve great things.


As with the writers’ room, the casting call is completely open, reflecting a commitment to providing opportunities for emerging talent both behind and in front of the camera, and particularly for those local to the region.

Image from the SeaView pilot


Actors are invited to audition via self-tape for one of the 13 roles outlined below – more detailed character breakdowns are available to download from the Belgrade Theatre website. The roles being cast are as follows:


Steven

Age range: early 20s

Gender: Male

Accents: RP

Ethnicity: Black dual heritage – British Jamaican and West African

Character relationships: Cass’ cousin, younger half-brother to Rex, son to Atlas and Diane

Description: Warm and charismatic, a joker, contemplative, reliable and intelligent. A law student viewed as the family’s “golden child” but quietly lonely and plagued by guilt for having privileges not afforded to his cousins.


Cass

Age range: Mid-late 20s

Gender: Male

Accents: Birmingham

Ethnicity: British Jamaican

Character relationships: Steven’s cousin, Chez’s younger brother

Description: Charismatic and likeable, but his external charm masks a complex internal life. He’s been working for his brother since their parents died when he was 9, and is resentful of the role ascribed to him. Very intelligent, but hasn’t had the same opportunities as Steven, and as a result is quietly jealous of his cousin, despite the deep love between them.


Rex

Age range: Early 30s

Gender: Male

Accents: Birmingham

Ethnicity: British Jamaican

Character relationships: Steven’s older half-brother, Diane’s son

Description: A powerful presence and persuasive orator who immediately commands attention. His tough outer shell hides a soft inner soul. Can be self-righteous but is protective and caring with a strong moral compass. Having followed his father into a life of crime and violence, he’s spent time in prison, but is trying to change with the help of David, a surrogate father figure. Nevertheless, his violent past always threatens to consume him.


Chez

Age range: Early 30s

Gender: Male

Accents: Birmingham

Ethnicity: British Jamaican

Character relationships: Cass’ older brother

Description: Stubborn, arrogant and egotistical, but also hard-working and charming. After losing his parents at 17, he raised his younger brother Cass alone. He never had the chance to grieve, instead focusing on the material and what they needed to survive. Beneath that, he’s desperate for validation and love. Has a few women on the go, but Nova is special to him.


Dane

Age range: Early 30s

Gender: Male

Accents: Birmingham

Ethnicity: Black British

Character relationships: Chez’s right-hand man

Description: Big and physically intimidating. Can be hot-headed and aggressive but is shyer than Chez.

Usually polite and respectful, he’s well-read but not opinionated, straightforward and proactive. Knows he’s talented but feels resigned to the hand he’s been dealt in life.


Sherelle

Age range: Mid-20s

Gender: Female

Accents: Birmingham

Ethnicity: Black and white dual heritage

Character relationships: Cass’ best friend

Description: Kind, considerate, soulful, reserved and observant, Sherelle is a deep thinker who people naturally gravitate to for advice – but only if they want to receive it straight. A natural giver, she rarely puts herself first, but can be resentful of the actions of her family and friends. Grew up caring for her mother, a recovering alcoholic. Cass is like a brother to her.


Diane

Age range: Early 50s

Gender: Female

Accents: Well-spoken West Midlands – a trained, practiced accent

Ethnicity: British Jamaican

Character relationships: Mother to Rex and Steven, Atlas’ partner

Description: Stubborn, opinionated, determined, blunt and highly aspirational. Proud and deeply conscious of social status. A traditional Auntie who’s seen it all, she’s gone from being hard as nails and a bit of a gangster to a respected, professional woman with high expectations. She met Steven’s dad, Atlas, when Rex was turning 8. Rex no longer fits in with her new lifestyle, so she has cut him out completely.


Atlas

Age range: Late 50s

Gender: Male

Accents: Originally West African but he’s been in the UK a long time

Ethnicity: West African

Character relationships: Steven’s father, Diane’s partner

Description: A successful property developer who has offered Diane a radically different way of life. Quiet and mild-mannered, he is completely dominated by her presence. Comes from a well-to-do family and has always kept his head down and worked hard. Has a steady relationship with Steven, but it’s fairly functional and lacks intimacy.


Carl

Age range: Mid 50s

Gender: Male

Accents: RP

Ethnicity: White British

Character relationships: Nia’s father

Description: Calm, methodical, vindictive, power-hungry, manipulative, private and unforgiving. A “businessman” who is used to being king, he has a number of legit businesses all secretly funded by a drug empire built on the backs of lads like Chez, Dane, and Rex.


Nia

Age range: Late 20s

Gender: Female

Accents: Estuary

Ethnicity: White or dual heritage

Character relationships: Carl’s daughter

Description: Resentful of her father, Nia is fiercely independent, resilient, inventive and hard-working. She has grown up in opulence, private schooled, but now rejects her father’s money. She’s looking for something more meaningful, and has found a connection with Rex, though they’ve grown apart since he was sent down.


Bubbles

Age range: Mid 60s

Gender: Male

Accents: Jamaican

Ethnicity: Jamaican

Description: Scruffily dressed, out of shape but not overweight, sounds older than he is and looks younger than he sounds - a walking oxymoron. Intense, spiritual, empathetic and expressive, but also lonely and fearful. He’s something of a local legend - the story goes that he used to be a big player in the area, making millions before losing it all, but no one seems to know why. Often found singing on street corners and prophesizing the end of the world.


Nova

Age range: Early to mid-40s

Gender: Female

Accents: Well-spoken, Eastern European but has been in the UK a long time

Ethnicity: Eastern European

Description: Powerful, manipulative, ruthless and selfish. A successful businesswoman who has sacrificed

a lot to get to where she is, fighting to build up herself up from nothing. She’s drawn to Chez and the more illicit side of business. They’ve been dating on and off for years.


James

Age range: Late 40s

Gender: Male

Accents: Irish

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Description: Employed by Carl, tough, ruthless and loyal, gets the job done and doesn’t ask questions. Years of service have taken their toll – he’s out of shape with a receding hairline.


SeaView is a co-production between Belgrade Film and Digital Ltd and Strictly Arts TheatreCompany. Strictly Arts will be issuing the contracts.


To obtain script sides, please email ebarber@belgrade.co.uk. Self-tapes must be submitted no later than 1pm on Friday 9 October. For more information, please visit www.belgrade.co.uk.

To stay updated about SeaView, follow @SeaViewSeries on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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