Two of the stars of the Amazon Prime show ‘Weegies’ inspired current students of their former New College Lanarkshire (NCL) playground with the story of their personal journey in the television industry.
Stephen Arthur and Matthew Joseph-Campbell, who completed a drama class at NCL in 2016, shared their ideas on writing their hit comedy with theater and film and television students.
‘Weegies’ was picked up by Amazon Prime Video and all five episodes of the first season are now available to stream.
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The Glasgow-based sitcom, which has been described as a cross between “Another game” and ‘Supplements’, was produced independently, using money generated from a 2017 Kickstarter crowdfunding appeal.
‘Weegies’ follows the adventures of best friends, roommates and aspiring actors Steve (Stephen Arthur) and George (George Charles Stewart) as they struggle to find their way through the world.
Stephen and Matthew started writing together after meeting at NCL, where they enjoyed creating their own work. In ‘Weegies’ , Matthew plays the role of Paul, while the series is directed by Graeme Watt.
Returning to share their writing and producing tips with NCL students via Zoom, the duo’s session brought together more than 80 current learners, including performing arts students from the college’s Coatbridge campus and from the film and television students from the Cumbernauld campus.
Stephen told Lanarkshire Live: “I was incredibly flattered and very proud to be invited to speak at NCL. My dramatic and creative development stems from my time at university; it gave me the opportunity to meet so many like-minded students and staff so I certainly have many fond memories of my time there.
“The students at NCL have an excellent reputation and it has been a joy to interact and discuss the industry with them. It was very humbling to be able to share our experiences and I can’t wait to see what they all do next.
Matthew added, “It was absolutely flattering to be asked to talk about our experiences in making the show.
“It wasn’t that long ago that we were students ourselves, so giving advice and sharing our story with current students was a surreal experience.
“We were asked wonderful questions and really kind words said about us, and personally I just want to say a huge ‘thank you’ because it really means a lot.
“We worked for years to get our series off the ground, and looking back, the work ethic we developed in college kept us going and going until we finished the series.
“We have wonderful memories of our time at university and I hope the current group of graduates moving up the ranks will use their experiences while studying to develop, create their own stories and continue to carry the torch for New College Lanarkshire. . “
Maureen Hascoet, NCL Film and Television Lecturer, said, “We are always looking for great role models to show our students, whether it’s through what they’ve accomplished, their skills, or their path to career. success.
” ‘Weegies’ creators Stephen and Matthew had all three to show: a flawless work ethic, a fun and fresh original series debut that just released on a global streaming platform, and the extraordinary bonus that they’ve gone from NCL to Amazon. Prime, so their story had to be an inspiration.
“When I met Stephen for a coffee in Glasgow, the story of resilience and empowerment didn’t disappoint. I am very proud that the duo have returned to where they started, to pass on their story and inspire our current students in the performing arts and film and television.
“They were so down to earth and easy to get along with, and our students left feeling incredibly uplifted.”
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