All Black uk creative team in production with ‘The Underground’ Music Drama!

Ida Rose has started production on their music drama series ‘The Underground’. 

The Underground brings together an all UK black creative team and 80% diversity behind the camera as well as on-screen. CEO Shantelle Rochester leads the project with executive producer Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE.

Written by Adrian Scott, Fredi “Kruga” Nwaka & Shantelle Rochester, The Underground follows the rebirth of UK singing sensation Keisha who rises from homeless person to rediscovering her glory days.  The 5 part Music digital series is directed by Fredi ‘Kruga’ Nwaka, Ashley Chin, Ethosheia Hylton, and Shantelle Rochester. 

The Underground music drama series will bring together the culture of UK and international music. It will touch on other themes such as ageism, sexism, knife crime and will delve deep into the relationships between mothers and fathers, friends and partners of all its characters to bring together music and drama that you won’t want to miss!

Talent includes Ramz (Ramone Rochester) who will be making his acting debut in the series. He is a British rapper and singer-songwriter from London, best known for his hit single Barking which reached number 2 in the UK charts. The cast also features Righteous, Arnold Oceng (The Good Lie, Dark Money), and Valentine Olukoga (Unforgotten TV Series), and recent winner of Best Actor at the Black British Theatre Awards 2020.

This is the first project of 2021 for London-based Ida Rose, whose impressive slate includes another sci-fi series Connextions – The Origin going into production straight after The Underground.  Ida Rose’s creative team includes Alby James OBE, the newly appointed Head of Development who is committed to improving diversity and inclusion of underrepresented communities and challenging the stereotypical representation of these groups in drama. The underground is currently seeking distribution.

Shantelle Rochester says – “I am really excited about the underground and Ida Rose’s future collaborations with UK talent that we will be working with this year.”


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