Students gain thousands of YouTube views after creating drama series about their life in Northampton

The housemates cover a range of storylines from love affairs to house rows

By Carly Odell
Wednesday, 11th March 2020, 1:48 pm
University of Northampton students have created and are starring in a YouTube drama series.
University of Northampton students have created and are starring in a YouTube drama series.

A group of university students has started a drama series on YouTube about living together.

The University of Northampton students first started the show, called House 27, in July last year to show viewers what it is like to love with people from all different walks of life.

Since then, the drama series has been viewed more than 6,000 times on YouTube.

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In the seven episodes that are currently available on the streaming service, the students cover a range of topics, from housemate bust-ups, moving to a new place, living in student digs, love affairs and the camaraderie of living in student housing.

Brandon Fokobo, business entrepreneurship student and part of the show, said: “There wasn’t really a show out there that we felt portrayed our experience as students visually, and so we thought, let’s make one.

“We wanted to be able to portray a more realistic representation of student life, so that the people watching might think ‘that happened to me, I know how that feels’.”

Jason Tshibangu, who plays TJ in the series, added: “It was a huge jump for me taking an acting role in House 27.

The cast and crew for House 27.

“I study Architectural Technology and never thought that acting would be something that I’d like, but I’ve enjoyed and gained so much from this experience and am looking forward to seeing House 27 grow.”

Law student, Chikaelo Enwelum, says fitting filming and editing in around everyone’s university timetables has helped her to develop her skills.

She said: “It’s been an interesting challenge to find filming locations that are available at the same time as the cast and crew.

“I’ve loved sourcing locations and props that properly reflect the characters. I feel that this role has allowed me to develop my organisation skills but has also taught me to be flexible with it too.”

House 27 can be viewed on the YouTube channel and can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.