Review: Performance of original Coronation Street scripts – Live @ The Lass O’Gowrie

By Lauren Maughan & Jessica Elliott

The cobbles of Coronation Street came to Canal Street for the premier performance of an episode not seen since 1968.

Taurus bar played host to the half an hour showing of one of the funniest examples of soap script writing seen in a long time.

A dozen actors took to the stage to re-enact the episode which saw Hilda and Stan Ogden going to a Chinese restaurant for the first time.

What wouldn’t normally be thought of as particularly dramatic by today’s soap standards was very engaging and funny due to the great script writing and naturally comedic actors.

One unexpected element to the performance was the character Ena Sharples being played by Russell Dixon, who took to this role perfectly with often just his facial expression causing outbursts of laughter from the audience; a different role for Russell who is normally seen in more serious roles.

Geoff Dignan, who played Ray Langton, said: “I don’t think people would be sat around laughing when they watched it back in the day but for us seeing it now we can bring a lot more humour to the stage.”

Gareth Kavanagh, organiser of the performance, said: “I haven’t seen an audience react like that for a long time. It’s just brilliant.”

This episode, along with the others that are to be performed at The Lass O’Gowrie, were written by Jack Rosenthal, who died in 2004 of multiple myeloma.

The events are raising money for Myeloma UK.

This performance is an example of great local talent in both the writing and the actors.

A great evening for Coronation Street fans, this event is a must see.

 Tickets are available from for £10 per pair.

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