A win for WillAnother day of exciting news for our young actor William, whose career is reaching new heights after just wrapping on filming BBC daytime drama ‘Pitching Inn’, where he stars as Dylan McBride, working alongside Larry Lamb, Hayley Mills and Melanie Walters- due to air in 2019. William’s other credits include the lead in CBBC’s ‘Creeped Out’, as well as ongoing voiceover work as ‘Swift’ for Nickelodeon animation ‘Top Wing’, and not forgetting his role as ‘Guy’ in BBC Radio 4 drama ‘The Heart of a Woman’ alongside Hollywood star, Idris Elba.
Scream shouts NTA hat-trick successWe need your votes at the ready as we’ve scored no less than three young client nominations in the upcoming National Television Awards. Our NTA nominees include Hollyoaks stars Aedan Duckworth (Best Newcomer as Ollie Morgan) and Malique Thompson-Dwyer (Best Serial Drama Performance as Prince McQueen) as well as Doctors actor Daniel Kerr (Best Newcomer as James Coulter) and we need your help to make them winners! Voting closes on Thursday 25th October, and you can cast your vote by visiting www.nationaltvawards.com/vote Also, a shout out for one of our alumni as another NTA nominee and former Dr Who Assistant, Jenna Coleman who began her career with us here at Scream is also nominated for Best Drama Performance in BBC’s ‘The Cry’. Director Tracey Bell said ‘We are delighted to be representing such a fantastic array of talent and we couldn’t be prouder of our nominees and alumni. Our mission over the past 20 years is to find and promote young talent, particularly in the North West which we felt was being overlooked so it’s great to see some recognition for these wonderful performers’ Remember, votes for the NTA’s close THIS Thursday 25th October so please get your votes in ASAP by visiting www.nationaltvawards.com/vote The National Television Awards will be held on 22nd January 2019 at the O2 arena in London.
Preparing Young Talent for Grittier Roles
The range of roles available to child actors and young people has developed significantly since the days of Shirley Temple innocently charming audiences with her curls and tap dancing her way to stardom. These days, young actors are often called upon to deliver content that’s written for broadcast after the watershed, including the gritty realism of socially-aware soap storylines, or parts in films that they are too young to see in the cinema.
With so many roles calling upon young actors to portray adult themes, how can theatre schools, talent agencies and parents prepare them to ensure that they not only give a great performance but also survive the part emotionally unscathed?
It’s an issue that Scream Talent Management has experienced many times with several of our artists securing professional film, TV and theatre roles over the years. Indeed, the alarming Coronation Street grooming storyline featuring Lucy Fallon as Bethany Platt is amongst the most recently broadcast challenging roles for our alumni.
The storyline has involved some very dark and disturbing scenes and Lucy worked closely with Greater Manchester Police and the NSPCC for research, meeting young people who’d lived through some of the experiences she was about to portray on screen.
This kind of engagement with professionals is vital for young actors as they prepare for roles, because it not only enables them to tap into the range of emotions their character will display but also gives them the opportunity to ask questions and get their heads round the darker elements of the issues they will have to explore.
It’s important to remember that the pressure on young actors when working with adult themes is not only about the emotional vulnerability they will experience before, during and after their performances. Young actors will also feel a sense of responsibility towards those who have lived through similar things in real life, which adds to the pressure, particularly for soap storylines that have been so instrumental in raising awareness and encouraging people who’ve previously suffered in silence to seek help or speak out.
Another of our young actors, Aedan Duckworth, has also been involved in a disturbing grooming story recently, this time in Hollyoaks, where his character, Ollie Morgan, is groomed by his football coach. Once again, he has prepared for his role with support from experts, this time from Survivors Manchester, an organisation that helps men and boys affected by sexual abuse.
Such expert input is vital for this kind of role but support from the young actor’s trusted network or family, teachers and peers is also vital. They need to be able to talk about the pressures of the role throughout the preparation and performance period and both teachers and parents must be ready to answer questions and discuss any disturbing themes.
It’s also quite valid for parents to expect access to scripts so that they can do their own research where necessary and be as prepared as possible to support their son or daughter.
As a Talent agency, we are able to use our young actors’ roles as a learning exercise for other young actors, preparing them by helping them connect with deeper darker emotions while still protecting their overall wellbeing.
Emotionally charged, difficult scenes are an integral part of a career in acting and the life experience on which those scenes are based can affect people at any age. For young actors, it’s all about achieving a balance between exposure to potentially upsetting content and preparing them for the adult world and their future careers.
Scream Management’s BETHAN MOORE has been confirmed as new regular ‘Izzie Tores’ on DOCTORS (BBC).
The team are celebrating after a number of clients enjoyed success at the Soap awards held at the Hackney Empire on 2nd June and are watched by millions of avid soap fans on ITV.
Malique Thompson (Prince McQueen in Hollyoaks) won the award for Best On-Screen Partnership. Hollyoaks won the award for Best Single Episode for Three Mothers, Three Daughters which starred Ruby O’Donnell (Perri Lomax). Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt in Coronation Street) won a two awards on the night, Best Actress and Best Female in a Dramatic Performance.
This follows on the back of Dylan Naden’s BAFTA success for his role in a short film, Cowboy Dave, earlier this year.
Senior Kids Agent, Jess Bell said: “We are incredibly proud of all our talent who have worked so hard to win these prestigious roles and have demonstrated their considerable talent by being recognised by these nominations.
“We started awards season with a BAFTA, added a number of Soap awards and are hoping to score a hat trick with the TV Choice awards in September. These awards are the icing on the cake for Scream, which was established 20 years ago to find and nurture North West talent.
“Two decades ago, all eyes were on London but now, with major broadcasters and production companies firmly established in the North, there are massive opportunities for those looking to build a career in the media industry business. Scream are always looking to unearth the next Dylan or Aedan and see where their talent and our support can take them.”
In September, Aedan Duckworth travels to The Dorchester on Park Lane in London for the TV Choice Awards. Aedan, aged 17 years, is shortlisted for Best Newcomer for his portrayal of Oliver Morgan in Hollyoaks. He was spotted and invited to the agency four years ago and landed the role last year having already developed a credible CV in other dramas. Aedan has since acted in some of the soaps biggest plots featuring a hard hitting grooming storyline.
We are pleased to announce that Scream Management’s DYLAN NADEN scooped a BAFTA for his performance as ‘Little Paul‘ in COWBOY DAVE – the winner of the Best British Short Film.
Dylan plays the role of Little Paul in the film, which is directed by Manchester-based director, Colin O’Toole who is the brains behind some classic music videos for Ian Brown, Tricky and Deadmau5.
Cowboy Dave is set in the early 90s and tells the story of a young boy’s encounter with a down-on-his-luck musician. During the filming, Dylan rubbed shoulders with Hollywood celebrities Sam Spruell who starred in Snow White and the Huntsman and Steve Evets who had parts in Robin Hood and Looking for Eric.
Scream Management’s DANIEL KERR joins the cast of BBC‘s DOCTORS as series regular ‘James Coulter‘.
Scream Management’s DANIEL KERR & SOPHIA ANDREWS is currently filming on series three of NO OFFENCE for Channel 4.
Scream Management’s MILLIE GIBSON is currently filming for a lead in a new prime time drama for Red Productions.