The Start of a New Season
THE ALBION is a fly on the wall, mockumentary style, Sitcom starring Martin Trenaman (The Inbetweeners/Phone Shop), Mick Ferry (Michael McIntyres Comedy Roadshow), Dean Fagan (Coronation Street/Vera), Smug Roberts (Phoenix Nights/Mrs Browns Boys) and Nicola Holt (The Ferryman/Hollyoaks).
Set against the backdrop of a typically bleak, salt-mining town in the North of England, lower league football club, WITTON ALBION, embark on a new season; only this year they have a camera crew following them home and away.
The team face the prospect of a third straight demotion; they desperately need a win to springboard the new campaign. The chairman has gone behind the back of the manager to sell his best striker to fund a new coach, in the form of ex-Premier League star Harry Thomas. Harry's career was cut short through injury and he must come to terms with picking up the pieces in the lower leagues, leading to a real fish out of water story.
Harry will find an unlikely ally in the form of Sarah, the Chairmans daughter. With ambitions of becoming a coach in her own right, she has found opportunities hard to come by in a male dominated world. We will follow her journey as she challenges perception and follows her dreams.
Alongside this narrative, we are introduced to a range of lovable characters in the form of the part time volunteers and full time fans that keep the club alive. From the humble pie lady, to the 23 year old ball boy, this is a story about family pulling together for a cause.
Hilarious, heart-warming and genuine. The Albion is a love letter to English Football. Pursuing the endless struggle of the underdog lower league family, the focus is on character, honest humour and pure relationship stories of a club founded in 1887.
Amidst the calamity, there are themes which thread there way through the storytelling of The Albion. Strong female voices resonate in a world still dominated by men, as characters challenge gender-stereotypes in football (from referees, to coaches and managers). The story also touches on the pervasive effect of racism on the game at all levels - and how together, family and football can remove it for good.
The Cast & Crew
The Albion boasts an exceptionally talented line-up of actors and comedians as well as an award winning crew:
The visual aesthetic of The Albion will be that of a documentary. Shots may be partly concealed, handheld, with odd boom slip as we chase the day-to-day action. Contrasted with this, deliberate wide shots and talking heads will have an understated elegance to them, as characters are caressed into revealing their inner monologues.
The shoot will take place at an actual working football club, the real WITTON ALBION. Most shots, incidental or otherwise, will have subtle details scattered around which are typical of a non-league club; cliché motivation quotes, makeshift defibrillator signs and rusting discarded equipment. Some shots will also capture the bewildered locale and locals getting on with everyday life whilst rubber necking the camera crew.
The humour of The Albion is in part derived from the exposed anguish, calamity and absurdity of the situations and the main characters. The realisation that a camera is following them, in some cases, leads to caricatures trying too hard to come across better than they are – having the opposite effect, particularly on the manager, Terry.
If you like shows such as The Office, Phoenix Nights, Alan Partridge or The Royle Family then this is a show you will love.
The Albion also has a host of real to life characters who portray real working class people, making real working class often-northern observations on life, football and work – The Pie Stand, The Fans, The Volunteers. We hear strong voices, often straight down the line, making blunt matter-of-fact comments about a working class, drinking culture.
Sign-On with The Albion
You can join the squad by pledging to help fund our project, as we enter the post-production phase of a 30-minute pilot to pitch to commissioners in 2019. We desperately want The Albion to be as slick as it can be, which means we need your help with the post-production expenses.
Etch your name into The Albion history books, get your name in the credits, come and watch a match, take away a piece of memorabilia from the show or simply donate some spare change to help us on the way.
Thanks so much for your support.
Up The Albion!
Adam & James (Co-Writers / Creators)
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