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Coronation Street’s commitment to diversity

Breaking Through Talent

As ITV’s flagship Continuing Drama and the UK’s most watched soap, Coronation Street is continuing to show its commitment to developing diverse talent both on and off screen.

Coronation Street recently rolled out the Original Voices initiative in partnership with Creative Skillset, to connect with local BAME – Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic – writing talent in the North West.

Now an onscreen disability initiative, Breaking Through Talent, has been launched with a one-day intensive casting workshop for actors with a disability.

The workshop will take place in MediaCity, Salford on Wednesday 19th November; the successful candidates will have the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge to help support their career, be given a live audition and receive constructive feedback from the team.

Actress Cherylee Houston and Casting Directors at Coronation Street will be delivering the workshop.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to find and engage with new and emerging actors who have a disability. Not only will these actors be able to gain invaluable audition experience but who knows, maybe we’ll find the next Jack and Vera!”
Coronation Street, Series Producer, Stuart Blackburn

All submissions should be received by Midnight on the Monday 20th October 2014. Apply or find more information here.

Original Voices

Earlier this month, ITV teamed up with Creative Skillset to bring Original Voices to Coronation Street, with submissions open to North West based writers from a Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic (BAME) background.

The aim was to look out for diverse regional writing talent with a view to offering the top four selected, an opportunity to spend time in the Coronation Street story office. Here writers can develop their knowledge of the show and skills at weaving multiple story strands, before writing a trial script to be read by the show’s producers.

ITV first launched Original Voices on Emmerdale, to tap into and connect with local BAME writing talent living in Yorkshire or the North East.

“Having witnessed first hand the impact this scheme has had at Emmerdale in helping make our story office and writing team more reflective of the real world our drama portrays, I’m extremely pleased that, with support from Creative Skillset, we are able to do the same at Coronation Street. It’s a great opportunity for talented writers to gain proper experience at the heart of the show with the possibility of progressing onto the writing team in the long term.”
John Whiston, Creative Director of Serial Dramas, ITV Studios

“I’m thrilled to launch Original Voices which gives diverse writers the chance to be part of Corrie. Creative Skillset has been wonderful in supporting us and we know from the Emmerdale experience that this is fantastic training, a real chance for writers to flex their story muscles and show the Corrie team what they’re made of. An amazing chance to be part of the best show on telly.”
Ella Kelly, Assistant Producer Coronation Street

Read the full story on Original Voices here.