Friday, 18 May 2012

Corrie writer pens play in Welsh pub

Coronation Street writer Simon Crowther, who's the husband of ex-Corrie producer Kym Crother, has written a play that is being staged in a Cardiff pub.

The play'scalled The Get Together,  is set in a fictional Cardiff pub and opens at Sherman Cymru next week.

Simon told Wales Online that the play addresses some of the bigger questions we will all inevitably face. “Well, it’s about being a certain age, your mid to late 30s say, when most of life’s big decisions are behind you. Who to commit to. What to do for a living. But it’s an age where you might wonder, have I got this right? People might realise they’ve made terrible mistakes. Or they never got started in the first place.There’s a feeling that if you’ve got things wrong, you’re in trouble. School was 10 minutes ago, but we’re all going grey – the now or never years. The play kind of asks, what is it possible to recover from? And, what constitutes a wasted life? It’s also about different levels of success and failure, and even different levels of fame. I nearly called it The Local Celebrities.”

Talking about writing at Coronation Street, Simon says:  “Corrie producer Steve Frost called me having read a comedy of mine at Granada, and offered me a place on the writing team,” he recalls. “Jack Rosenthal, one of my heroes, started out on Coronation Street, and I’d always liked Tony Warren’s writing, and Harry Kershaw’s. Plus lots of my family are northern, so the warmth and humour was very familiar to me, the love of language, the tone of it. I’ve always felt at home on the show. You can write in your own voice, which is rarer than you’d think in television.

“On Corrie, we often pitch stories on our own or in pairs, but then they’re hit around the conference room. Nobody takes ownership or sole credit for a story. I seem to have written a few deaths recently – Jack Duckworth’s, Schmeichel the dog’s, Betty’s funeral, but I don’t know why they’ve fallen to me.”

The Get Together runs at Sherman Cymru, Cardiff from Tuesday to May 26. Tickets are available from the box office on 029 2064 6900 or via www.shermancymru.com

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